the virtues of organic cotton

        Organic designation promises virtues that are tangible and desirable but generally invisible. Labelling claims range from legit to whatever, creating a consumer landscape filled with a mix of reality, good intentions and greenwashing.          Certifications like GOTS and Oeko-Tex apply to textiles. They are helpful for many reasons. Their guidelines are…… Continue reading the virtues of organic cotton

canary loves hemp

The many benefits of industrial hemp begin with cultivation, which takes less water and gives higher yields than any other fibre. It is naturally pest and weed-resistant, requiring no herbicides. Made into fabric, it is strong, heat resistant, has anti-bacterial properties and repels moisture. Hemp is grown in many countries, including the UK, France, all…… Continue reading canary loves hemp

synthetic clothes are filling the oceans with plastic

Today, a CBC News story says the UN International Maritime Organization is reporting microplastics being present in supermarket seafood. Not exactly a surprise. Plastic pollution in oceans and lakes is fast becoming a lot more than sad pictures of animals with plastic rings around their necks. The polluting effects of textile and clothing production is…… Continue reading synthetic clothes are filling the oceans with plastic

the organic cotton difference

The Basics of Organic Versus Conventional Cotton Textile Production  organic conventional Natural, untreated GMO free seeds. Typically GMO seeds, treated with fungicides and/or insecticides. Healthy soil through crop rotation. Increased organic matter retains moisture in soil. Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to mono-crop culture and intensive irrigation. Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects…… Continue reading the organic cotton difference