When times are hard, the way you spend your money takes on a greater significance. The ‘organic’ label has sometimes been associated with premium prices, yet when you factor in the higher quality, the positive effect on biodiversity, and the health benefits to the individual and the planet, they often provide better value over time than cheaper alternatives (not to mention the hidden costs conventional products impose on the tax payer).
Supporting your local farmers and growers keeps money in the local economy, where it can help to bolster employment and quality of life. Greenfibres makes the vast majority of its clothing and bedding products in the UK and in Continental Europe, so even with textiles you can still make choices based on local, health, and ethical grounds.
Conventional cotton despite its ‘clean and natural’ image – is one of the most polluting crops in the world. Grown on about 1 hectare in 25 (of the world’s arable land) it accounts for around 1/4 of the global insecticide market. So buying organic cotton clothing and bedding can make a significant contribution to the reduction of insecticide use, as well as cutting out a potential source of toxins in your home and in contact with your skin.
Most people are surprised by the idea that they can absorb toxic chemicals from contact with clothing until they think about how nicotine patches work. Finishing chemicals (for example formaldehyde) commonly used on conventional cotton can be absorbed into the skin in the same way.
The economic, social, and spiritual crisis we’re going through is deep enough that ideas thought of as ‘off the wall’ 3 years ago, are now being considered as possibilities by mainstream politicians and decision makers. By supporting small, independent, ethical businesses aimed at doing things better – rather than always growth – you’re contributing to a more thoughtful and sustainable future.
Thanks / Phil