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Greenworks has closed here but you will find my screenprint clothes at Artfire under my lilgreenshop name.
Other Etsy account names: lilgreenshop, irishbounty.

ORGANIC: The Fabric Choice for our Future

COTTON:
Labels on cotton products often read "100% pure cotton," but in reality, conventionally grown cotton is far from pure. Tons of pesticides, herbicides, defoliants and synthetic fertilizers are used in the growing process of conventional cotton to ensure the highest yield. In addition, more chemicals such as dyes and bleaches are added in the finishing process. Put simply? The growth and manufacturing of conventional cotton imposes a heavy toll on the environment - and we all pay the price.

THE FACTS:
Conventionally grown…

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  • Born on February 20
  • Joined February 24, 2008

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Organic cotton, hemp, sustainable fabrics, ethically traded, and reused materials

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About

Greenworks has closed here but you will find my screenprint clothes at Artfire under my lilgreenshop name.
Other Etsy account names: lilgreenshop, irishbounty.

ORGANIC: The Fabric Choice for our Future

COTTON:
Labels on cotton products often read "100% pure cotton," but in reality, conventionally grown cotton is far from pure. Tons of pesticides, herbicides, defoliants and synthetic fertilizers are used in the growing process of conventional cotton to ensure the highest yield. In addition, more chemicals such as dyes and bleaches are added in the finishing process. Put simply? The growth and manufacturing of conventional cotton imposes a heavy toll on the environment - and we all pay the price.

THE FACTS:
Conventionally grown 100% cotton is exposed to hundreds of chemicals throughout the growing process. In an average growing season, the cotton plant can be sprayed from up to 8 to 10 times or more. About 23 percent of the world's insecticides and more than 10 percent of the world's pesticides are used on conventional cotton. Eventually, this practice causes the soil to become sterile and devoid of both beneficial microbes and insects.

THE PROBLEM:
The synthetic fertilizers and chemicals used to spray conventionally grown cotton contaminate soil and ground water, drift into neighboring communities and pose long-term health threats to farmers, laborers and the general public. Indirectly, these chemicals can also enter the human food chain through cottonseed oil.

THE SOLUTION:
Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, insecticides and defoliants - on land that's certified free from these synthetic chemicals for at least three years. Organic farmers use sustainable methods such as crop rotation, cover crops, organic fertilizers, beneficial insects, and human labor for weed control. These farming practices increase fertility, encourage diverse eco-systems, are better for farm workers, don't contaminate the air and water and are not a threat to wildlife.

HEMP:
One of the oldest and strongest natural fibers dating as far back as 2000 B.C. Harvested from the large annual plant Cannabis Sativa industrial hemp has a negligible alkaloid content and therefore cannot be used to make “marijuana” or any other drug.

Grown without chemical pesticides or toxic fertilizers it is an easily sustainable crop that is kind to our planet and all products made with hemp fiber are biodegradable.

It is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Products made from hemp will outlast their competition by many years. Not only is it strong, but it also holds its shape, stretching less than any other natural fiber. This prevents hemp garments from stretching out or becoming distorted with use.

Its comfort and style are second to none. The more hemp is used, the softer it gets. Hemp doesn't wear out, it wears in!

The breathable, porous nature of hemp allows trapped air to be warmed by the body, making hemp clothing naturally warmer in colder weather. Yet it's breathability also means that hemp is very comfortable during hot weather and wicks away moisture.

It is naturally resistant to mold and ultraviolet light.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
You can choose to make a difference. Consider the facts and consciously choose the organic alternative when available. Caring how the clothes you wear are made is the first step in creating demand for more organic products. By choosing organic you are investing in a Sustainable Economy.

Choosing organic benefits our long-term health, the planet and the well being of generations to come. We sincerely hope that by making a selection of original and affordable organic items available to you that we can both help to shape the future.

Go on, make a difference!

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