Model: Suzanne Dias. Phtographer: Eric Guillermain. Courtesy: EJF
I always assumed clothing made from cotton, linen, or wool, or hemp is somehow more environmentally friendly that clothes made from synthetics derived from petroleum. Well...in Europe the fashion industry has moved from the fur-flying battle over animal skins to...cotton. Where and how the cotton is grown can matter.
Environmental Justice Foundation is the NGO leading the charge, and levelling the charges against some of the cotton industry: pesticide poisoning, child labor, environmental pollution and resource depletion. The EJF campaign is called "Pick Your Cotton Carefully." The rounded up a bunch of models to show off their eco-friendly t-shirts, and maybe that's what caught my eye....
The rapid and strong commercial success of genetically modified cotton in India is expected to lead to further GM farming. The government there has now approved field testing of GM food crops for the first time.
India's expanding cotton export trademakes it the #1 competitor with the U.S for sales to China which doesn't produce all its own cotton. Both Pakistan and China are major cotton growers but both must import to meet domestic market demand.
Cotton can be a thirsty crop and in California the fields are irrigated using considerable energy to pump the even more conisderable amounts of water needed to grow cotton where there is no summer rainfall.