Living an organic life, taking care of yourself, the children and planet Earth, is living a kind life. Organic living is a natural, respectful way of being in the world. It is a soft and gentle life, a graceful life. Our life here on Earth, is a constant balance of being aware and awake as humans, trying to take actions and responsibility where it is possible, and then on the other hand, not getting down or burdened by the way things are. Positive actions gives positive feelings.
Buying organic is an easy choice we can make, a choice that has a great impact on the world around us and the people who will be here after us. Buying organic is a way of living a life that shows compassion to the Earth and her inhabitants.
The though facts about pesticides and clothes
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World Health Organization (WHO) has discovered that about 40,000 people die each year as a direct result of the use of pesticides. They have also estimated that between 1 and 5 million people each year are admitted to hospitals with injuries after handling or direct contact with pesticides.These figures are only in relation to the production of conventional textiles.
WHO believes these figures are only the tip of the iceberg. Cotton farmers are often uneducated, that is, they are often illiterate and can not read the warnings on the pesticide containers. They often work unprotected in the fields. The psychical and mental damages received from the toxins while working in the cotton fields, has become such a common accordance, that they accept them as normal and do not visit hospitals.
Good reasons to choose organic fabrics; facts about conventional cotton and others.
Conventional textile production: In the growing of cotton, many pesticides are being used, including DDT. DDT has been banned for the last 50 years in the western world. Nevertheless, we produce and sell it to cotton farmers in the emerging countries. During the processing of these clothes, a wide range of other chemicals are also being used, toxic dyes, flame retardants, plasticisers and formaldehyde, to name but a few.
There is used up to 900g chemicals for 1 kg of finished fabric. The chemical substances used in the production of clothes, can have fatal consequences for humans. Examples include eczema, allergies, cancer and endocrine disorders. In many cotton growing countries there is no monitoring of how much, or how, the various chemicals are used. For example it is not a rare sight to see both children and adults working unprotected with chemical solutions. Pesticides and waste, spread to much larger areas this has caused huge ecological disasters not just where production takes place, but also reaching far into natural and fragile ecosystems.
Chemistry in conventionally produced textiles
Dyes used in the conventional clothes dyeing may contain: lead, cadmium, chromium, tin and nickel. Flame retardants may contain toxic metals such as antimony and arsenic, or are being based on bromine, kloroparaffiner and fluorides. These toxins are all proven to be extremely harmful to living organisms. Dioxin e.g. is absorbed through the skin when we sweat, thus entering the body’s system. Once in your body, dioxin can be then be transferred from mothers to children via breastfeeding.
Fat loosener (detergents) contain solvents and are used as diluents by mixing the colours of textile printing. The most common solvents here are toluene, methyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and ethyl acetate. The solvents provide acute discomfort such as headache, unnatural fatigue and irritability. They are also suspected to cause a risk of cancer, liver damage, birth defects and reduced fertility. Formaldehyde is added garments and fabrics to achieve a water-repellent or wrinkle-free effect and has been shown to lead to allergies, rashes- and carcinogenic.
Suicide with pesticides
Unfortunately suicide is not an uncommon cause of death among cotton farmers, when the cotton farmers are pressured by extreme price drops for their crops. This is a direct result of our need for cheap textiles. These and other factors make it almost impossible to earn enough money for their cotton, thus missing the ability to sustain a basic living. This sadly results in a tragic escape from debt and stress. Ironically many of these deaths are a result of drinking pesticides.
There is a connection
There might be a connection between the fact that every second child born, is now being diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, (a disease which 30 years ago, was not very common) and the pesticides in the clothes we wear. Maybe we should investigate why so many people have allergies or that so many children are being born with birth defects.
Even if we do not care or worry about the impact chemicals in our clothes have on us, it is at least imperative that we understand, that our consumer choices have a direct and often very devastating consequence for people throughout the world.
Baby Carlitos born without arms and legs because of parents’ working in conventional cotton field. Our consumption of clothing and textiles grown with pesticides, means that children are born as Carlitos you can see here above. Pesticides are poison.
Now that you have read all of the above, then you obviously never want to buy a piece of conventionally produced cotton clothing again. The pesticides, the poisonous colouring, all of the different chemicals added to the clothes, is so hazardous and damaging to the human body, not to mention the nature surrounding us. The finished piece of clothing is therefore something you should really submit to local official chemical dump. Instead, we’ll wear it, often without washing it.
To consume blindly, even with organic clothes, is still a bad idea. No matter how you see it, all production is a burden on the planet. The more we keep it simple, the better it is for everyone, including ourselves.
You could take an honest look in your own clothes and shoe cabinet. If I did that, and provided I did not change my body shape radically, then I would probably have enough clothes for the rest of my life, only having to buy underwear…
You can also buy recycled clothes. The second hand shops are full of clothes and although it’s not everything you can find there, you can still find many great items.
Read more about organic clothes at Wiki.