This is why I try to use organic cotton when I can…
“The World Health Organisation estimates that 20,000 to 40,000 people die from accidental pesticide poisoning each year, most of them in developing countries. It is safe to assume that many of them are cotton farmers. A Pesticide Action Network survey documented 65 deaths in only two districts of Benin during the 2001 cotton growing season; 10 were children under 10.” [quote from the Pesticide Action Network]
SO, I was pleased with my purchase last week of about 10 metres of organic cotton from the Organic Textile Company [http://www.organiccotton.biz/], at a cost of £39.50. It was a job lot, like buying a box of goodies at an auction. Some of the pieces are not for me, and I shall bring them to our fabric swap at the Skills Share weekend, but other pieces I shall use myself, as they are, or dyed. And the bright orangey-pink one I shall cherish.
Do have a look at the Organic Textile Company’s website next time you want some fabric.