Posts Tagged ‘pesticides on cotton’

Jane Fonda’s New Look for Earth Day, Every Day

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

I didn’t watch the Oscars Sunday night, but I did see this photo of Jane Fonda with her new, natural hairdo that I love, on my computer and applaud her announcement that she will not be buying any new clothes as her “contribution” to climate change. PEOPLE Magazine attributes her change of heart (in February yet, American Heart Month!) to Greta Thunberg, the climate change activist who has been in the news. Jane said that Greta made her think about consumerism and all the effort that goes into being a consumer. Fonda said, “We don’t need more stuff,’ I have to walk the talk. So I’m not buying any more clothes.”

 

Sarah Berman’s Closet

 

Last year on Mother’s Day I went to see the Sarah Berman’s Closet exhibit at the American Jewish History Museum in Philadelphia. This older woman scaled down her lifestyle, with everything in the reproduced closet in the exhibit was white: clothes, shoes, linens, etc. I made a decision that in 2020 I would buy clothes that are sustainably produced, focusing on organic cotton whenever possible. Additionally, I am slowly recycling clothing that I no longer need or wear and buying as little as possible, since I have more than I already need. This is part of my personal de-cluttering campaign to streamline everything in our apartment, based on the book I read by Gretchen Rubin: Outer Order/Inner Calm.

 

 

More about Cotton:

If you go to this website: https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/consumption/clothing/environmental-impact-of-cotton-production  you will find out more about the impact of pesticides on fabrics, especially cotton.
Here is a direct quote from the site:

Your t-shirt is tainted with chemicals:

More chemical pesticides are used for cotton than for any other crop. Cotton accounts for 16 percent of global insecticide releases. 60 percent of the world’s cotton is used for clothing and another 35 percent for home furnishing.

Based on that information, which I actually learned about some years ago, plus the impact of Sarah Berman’s Closet Exhibit, plus Jane Fonda’s announcement, tells me I am not in the minority, and even if I am, I like being in that minority with Jane Fonda. We have one other thing in common. I was born on December 2nd, 1937 and Jane Fonda was born Dec. 22, 1937. So we are basically the same age. And I have a similar haircut. And her wearing her red coat is another kudo for reminding us of the GO RED FOR WOMEN campaign from The American Heart Association, also mentioned above.

 

So I applaud Jane Fonda for stepping up to the plate and wearing a dress that, heaven forbid!,
she already wore before. BRAVA!

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.