Your Clothes… What’s Organic GOTS to do with it?

closet-clothes-clothes-rack-102129Most of us don’t think much about how or where our clothes were produced. We’re more likely to take a fancy to the style of the cut or the hue of the cloth. Or perhaps we’re after a bargain and relish the least expensive adornment to garnish our bodies.

If you care to pull back the curtain, the production of textiles is actually a dirty rotten business. Continue reading

The Lost Turkish Art of Handwoven Towels

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Let’s face it, we take towels for granted. We can buy them cheaply in all manner of color and thickness, in person or online. We drape them casually after they drink up wet beads from our skin, never thinking about their origin or maker.

Towels are part of our everyday existence, mostly unremarkable in their function and form.

This wasn’t always so. Towels were once precious textilian pieces of art produced by artisanal looms and nimble hands. Today, handwoven towels are on the brink of material extinction. Continue reading

Got GOTS? What is the Global Organic Textile Standard?

Organic CottonSince embarking on this capricious journey called blogging, I have learned quite a lot about agriculture and our food supply. Of all the things I’ve learned, the fact that cotton and our food are inexplicably linked was quite a mind bender. In my post, “It’s time to think about Organic Cotton,” I uncover the fact that conventional cotton production is very toxic, considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides, and is almost always genetically engineered. Combine that with the fact that as much as 65% of all cotton production can end up on our plate, through cotton seed oil, or indirectly through the milk and meats of the animals fed cotton seed meal and cotton byproducts. It’s a recipe for a toxic platter from farm to frock to fork. Continue reading

It’s time to think about Organic Cotton

Organic CottonWhen was the last time you thought about cotton and fiber?  I can’t remember the last time the subject came up at a party. Yet it’s integral to our everyday existence. We wear it, snuggle and sleep in it; we swaddle our infants with it. We spend money and attention on fashion, color and cut but we don’t spend much thought on how it is produced. Cotton is not just on our skin, it sometimes ends up on our plates in our food, and every cotton product we use has an effect on what we eat! It’s time to rethink our relationship with cotton. Continue reading