Recent Posts for the 'Earth Day, Every Day' Category

Earth Day Every Day: Organic Cotton

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Many years ago, when our nuclear family was going to Israel to a kibbutz to learn Hebrew and perhaps remain, I started to purchase 100% cotton because I knew Israel was a hot place to live. We left the US in August, one of the hottest months here and there, and when we arrived I felt as if my head was in an oven! Cotton clothing was definitely necessary.

Then, after I moved here I started to shop at a local health food store and came across a piece of information that was new to me, which was that cotton was heavily sprayed with pesticides, so I started looking for affordable cotton clothing.

One of the sites I now frequent is PACT Organic, and the quote (below the photo) is from their website, wearpact.com. In addition, PACT’s philosophy, which I took from the cardboard that held my (free) knee sox says: “PACT is obsessed with a big idea: Clothes that make the world a better place. Up to 10% of the purchase goes to a non-profit partner that makes a positive impact. ”
You can go to their site wearpact.com/impact for more information.

Quote from PACT:  Conventional cotton is the world’s dirtiest crop.

Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. In addition, the World Bank estimates that around 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Not to mention the issues around forced labor, child labor, and factory collapses… it’s a dirty business (and we’re on a mission to change it).

(I shop at Mom’s Organic and they carry some of this company’s clothing.)

I also found a place in California that makes bamboo clothing called cariloha.com that manufactures clothing and bedding from bamboo. On their website they claim: “Since 2007, the brand has grown to become the only multi-store retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely merchandised with products made from eco-friendly viscose from bamboo.”  I purchased two t-shirts at one of their shops in Boulder, CO when we visited friends in Denver.

I also found cotton t-shirts at H & M in King of Prussia Mall. I never expected to find organic there, so it was a pleasant surprise as were the prices. I now ask wherever I go if they carry organic. I have even found organic cotton fabric at a local fabric store as well as one when I visit my sister-in-law in Barrington, RI.

The clothes(and fabric)  from all these places are not out of sight financially, and in fact, a few items were less expensive than the 100% cotton I have been wearing. And sooo soft!

So consider making a difference in the world by shopping not only for organic foods but also for organic clothing. By wearing organic threads you will be celebrating Earth Day, Every Day when you wear these items. My personal goal is eventually to change over my wardrobe to 80% organic, over time, as I recycle items I no longer wear to a local thrift shop and replace them with organic cotton or bamboo.

 P.S. I am posting this on my Home Page and under my new category: Earth Day Every Day.

Petition to the EPA on Pesticides

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Pesticides are a big issue now. Here is another petition to consider signing before June 5th that came in my email today. It will post on my Home Page and on the category Earth Day Every Day. 

Sign on before the June 5 deadline!
 

We have just a few more days to speak up about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s controversial decision to ignore his own agency’s scientists and greenlight the brain-harming insecticide chlorpyrifos.

The comment period on this terrible decision is open until June 5. Help us flood EPA with the message that keeping chlorpyrifos on the market is unacceptable.

Under Administrator Pruitt’s direction, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed course on plans to pull this widely used chemical off the market — putting the health of millions of children and farmworkers at risk.

In fact, more than 50 California farmworkers fell ill in early May when chlorpyrifos drifted from a nearby orchard into the field where they were harvesting. Action on this neurotoxic chemical is long, long overdue.

Add your name to the petition demanding that EPA follow the science on chlorpyrifos today — and spread the word!

Together with partners across the country, we’ll be submitting tens of thousands of signatures to Pruitt’s EPA, Congress and the media next Monday. We’re keeping the legal pressure on too.

Thank you for making a difference!

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Pesticide Action Network North America

Oakland, CA | Minneapolis, MN
510.788.9020 | community@panna.org |  www.panna.org

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