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Cotton: From Field to Fashion. Facts Behind The Fiber



FAIRFIELD, Iowa – August 4, 2005 - Ravaging hurricanes, extreme weather, increasing cancer rates, growing global poverty. Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh, My! But, unlike Dorothy’s irrational paranoia in The Wizard Of Oz, the ecological, social, and health problems rising in our global community today have been documented by science and attacked by powerful corporations and governments with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. The causes are many and complex, but just like the proverbial camel whose back is starting to groan and buckle, the ever-mounting burdens that we are piling on our earth are beginning to show signs of increasing strain.

All systems in nature, from global weather to our human physiology, live in a natural balance that is both highly resilient and fragilely delicate. According to Michael Lackman, founder of the organic clothing company,, “Everyone has a responsibility to themselves, their families, their local communities and to the global community to live in balance with nature. And we can do this without giving up our day jobs and putting on a super hero cape to patrol the skies. Everyone just needs to examine their lives and do what they can each day to be a responsible member of this beautiful planet.” Recycling, reducing our dependence upon fossil fuels, treating others with respect and caring, and even changing our wardrobes to include more organic clothing can bring about dramatic improvements.

“When we think about global warming, growing cancer rates, deepening poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries, and even increasing chemical sensitivities, our clothes closets are probably not the first villain that comes to mind but our clothes can be a significant, quiet co-conspirator.” Lackman added. Cotton evokes images of white, fluffy purity and many people think of cotton as being a natural, pure fabric. The actuality behind conventionally grown and manufactured cotton reveals a dark side to the planet’s most popular fabric. The staff at has researched and documented all processes involved in the growing and harvesting of cotton and all the many steps in manufacturing woven and knitted garments from cotton fiber. This document has been published online at The article also explores some of the global social consequences created by U.S. Government policies on cotton subsidies.

“Our intent,” explains Lackman “is to encourage people to examine the interrelationships between all systems within Nature – from the individual physiology to societal organizations to global ecosystems. Few people realize that simply by slowly converting your clothes closet from conventional, chemical toxin-based fabrics to organic fabrics the individual can have a significant and positive impact upon personal and community health, ecological balance, and even global trade balances. All by doing a simple thing like buying clothes; something that you would have to do anyways. Just buy organic rather can toxic.”

The article at traces the path from field to fashion runway for conventionally grown and processed garments and organically grown and processed garments. Amazing that the journey to improved personal and planetary health can actually begin in your closet.

About offers purely beautiful and healthy organic and natural fiber clothing to women and men for work, school, yoga and exercise, casual wear, and sleep wear. clothing is manufactured from organic cotton, hemp, silk, tencel, wool and alpaca under environmentally and socially responsible Fair Trade principles. As an internet-based store, offers free shipping worldwide for their fine organic and natural fiber clothing.

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