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Growing up in rural Australia I was exposed to conventional cotton farming at a young age. I remember seeing irrigation ponds so large that I couldn't see the other side. I saw a river that had been the main source of water and recreation to a small community shrink and then become poisoned from flood irrigation run off. The algae grew crazily from the fertilizers, and made the water unsafe for swimming and drinking. The low oxygen killed all the fish.
Somehow as a child I never connected that to the clothes I was wearing or the bedding I was sleeping in.
My 'aha' moment came later. I had been quilting for a while, and I was reading an article on greener quilting. One quote jumped out at me. It said something like (I don't remember exactly)'Quilters as a group are one of the largest consumers of conventionally grown cotton in the United States.' Wow. I flashed back to that poisoned…

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  • Joined October 7, 2009

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natural fibers like cotton, silk and linen, especially organic and recycled fabrics

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Growing up in rural Australia I was exposed to conventional cotton farming at a young age. I remember seeing irrigation ponds so large that I couldn't see the other side. I saw a river that had been the main source of water and recreation to a small community shrink and then become poisoned from flood irrigation run off. The algae grew crazily from the fertilizers, and made the water unsafe for swimming and drinking. The low oxygen killed all the fish.
Somehow as a child I never connected that to the clothes I was wearing or the bedding I was sleeping in.
My 'aha' moment came later. I had been quilting for a while, and I was reading an article on greener quilting. One quote jumped out at me. It said something like (I don't remember exactly)'Quilters as a group are one of the largest consumers of conventionally grown cotton in the United States.' Wow. I flashed back to that poisoned river. My hobby was causing that? I decided right then that I was going to use as much organic cotton as I could.
You will see that my quilts and duvet covers are made primarily from organic and sustainable materials. I would love for them to be 100%, but for now the fabric selections available make that difficult. I am also working on using up the fabric stash I already have.
If you are a quilter, I encourage you to make a few small changes. You don't have to give up your designer fabrics, but why not use organic cotton for the back and batting, or instead of hitting the fabric store when you need some new fabric, have a swap with your guild, or buy destash from one of the lovely Etsy sellers.

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