Evolving a traditional cable-knit design, this crewneck work sweater is made from a warm, durable and comfortable blend of recycled cotton, organic cotton and recycled hemp; the shoulder patches have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to shed moisture.
Materials: 40% Recycled Cotton
The most widely used natural fiber cloth in clothing today, known for its softness and breathability.
The use of cotton for fabric is known to date to prehistoric times, currently accounting for for 2.5% of the world’s arable land but using more chemicals than any other major crop – for 6% of the world’s pesticides and 16% of global insecticide releases.
The cotton industries of some countries employ child labor and damage workers’ health by exposure to pesticides used in production – the Environmental Justice Foundation has campaigned against the prevalent use of forced child and adult labor in cotton production in Uzbekistan, one of the world’s largest cotton exporter.
The chemicals used on conventional cotton crops are among the most toxic known, such as aldicarb (which can kill a person by just one drop absorbed thru the skin) and endosulfan (thought to be the most important source of fatal poisoning among cotton farmers in West Africa).
Cotton pesticides can enter our food chain through processed foods (from salad dressings to margarine and biscuits) that contain cottonseed oil, and through meat and dairy products since cows are often fed cottonseed meal.
Although the cotton industry’s position is that conventionally grown cotton is safe for the end consumer, some studies found pesticide residues in the finished product.
There is no dispute about the fact that cotton crops are grown using many millions of pounds of chemical pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. And research shows that extensive and intensive use of synthetic fertilizers, soil additives, defoliants and other substances wreak terrible havoc on soil, water, air and many, many living things.
Organic cotton is generally defined as cotton that is grown organically from non-genetically modified plants, and without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides.
Organic cotton has many advantages over conventionally grown cotton:
Farmers are not controlled by Genetically Modified Corporations
Farmers who buy GMO seeds must pay licensing fees and sign contracts that dictate how they can grow the crop. The small-scale farmers who produce the majority of our cotton face high risks such as an increased use of pesticides (GMO Corporation promised a reduced use of pesticides but actually the use of chemicals stayed the same or increased) and bigger costs (the seed which farmers have to buy from seed companies every year are much more expensive than conventional hybrid seed; farmer also have to spend much more on pesticides and other farm inputs).
Organic cotton puts choices in the farmer’s hands.
No hazardous and dangerous pesticides used
GMO agriculture has led to superweeds and superpests that are extraordinarily difficult for farmers to manage.
As organic cotton farmers around the world demonstrate every day, cotton can be grown without pesticides. By eliminating all hazardous synthetic pesticides in its production organic cotton offers a healthy and sustainable farming future for farmers and their families. Organic takes the toxic impact out of producing cotton.
It enables farmers to grow other crops for food and income
Organic farmers grow a diversity of crops to maintain healthy and fertile soils and fight off pests. By diversifying crops, farmers can also diversify their income. Growing food or other crops helps insure organic farmers against crop failure, climate variability, price volatility and changes in market demand.
Organic cotton uses less water, preserving a scarce and precious resource for the future
Organic farming practices create healthy soils which make better use of water inputs and are more resilient in drought conditions. By eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, organic cotton keeps waterways and drinking water safe and clean. The water pollution impact of organic has been shown to be 98% less than non-organic cotton production.
Combats climate change
Organic cotton farming uses less energy and healthy organic soils store more carbon.
Organic cotton farmers are doing their bit to combat climate change. By eliminating the use of manufactured fertilisers and pesticides and reducing nitrogen inputs, organic cotton growing produces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions. By maintaining their health, organic practices turn soils into a carbon ‘sink’, removing CO2 from the atmosphere.
Hemp is one of the oldest plants humans have grown and used.
Hemp is similar to marijuana, but contains very little THC, the chemical that makes people feel good while using marijuana.
It is considered a sustainable crop as it requires little water to grow, it is resistant to most pests and diseases (not needing many pesticides and no herbicides), uses less water compared to cotton and requires less a smaller amount of land to be cultivated.
Although the transformation of hemp into fabric can be done organically many companies produce hemp fabric chemically – a process that is much more intensive on the environment, but faster and cheaper to create.
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