Hi I'm Anna Lappe for howdini.com. With the organic food industry booming, more and more of us are able to choose foods that have been grown without chemicals. But what about the chemicals used to make the clothes we wear? Cotton production alone accounts for one quarter of the world's insecticide use and to make just one pair of those jeans you wear uses 2/3 of a pound of pesticides. The chemicals used in cotton production damage the enviroment and have been linked to tens of thousands illnesses of growers all around the world. It's no wonder that so many people are looking for organic cotton which is grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
I'm going to tell you about a few companies that you can check out for organic cotton and other safe fabrics. Here we have lovely towels that are 100% organic and you can see they even have the organic cotton logo here so you know it's 100% organic.
We also have this baby's dress made out of 100% organic cotton. And it's really important when you're choosing clothes for young children and for infants to choose organic because children and babies are so much more vulnerable to toxins in the enviroment.
I'm wearing this sweater by a company called Nau, that's spelled n-a-u, that uses among a whole variety of fabrics 100% cotton fabrics as well as recycled fabrics. They've even developed a new synthetic fiber that's made from corn.
You can also turn to hipster clothing line Edun, which is spelled e-d-u-n, or nude spelled backwards, which sources not only enviromentally responsible fabrics, but also develops sustainable communities through its work in the factories where the clothes are made.
In the jean department, you can take a look at the eco-styles of 100% cotton Loomstate or the US made del forte jeans where a portion of every single dollar you spend on their jeans will go to the Sustainable Cotton Project.
Companies like Maggie's and Patagonia have been dedicated to increasing the supply of organic fibers for many many years. Patagonia also launched the Garment Threads Recycling Program in 2005.
You can also seek out the organic lines of companies like Levi's which launched a line of 100% organic jeans in 2006.
It may be getting easier to find organic clothes, but it's still harder than it should be. And the price point can be pretty steep. If you've got some financial wiggle room though, I say it's definetely worth it. If though you can't afford the higher price tag, you can always go the other eco way and choose lightly used clothes at cool consignment stores or used clothing shops.
I'm Anna Lappe for howdini.com.