Part of the journey of living a greener life means thinking more about where everything comes from, and what’s been done to it before it reaches you.  For me, it started with food, because that was my initial focus, but pretty soon I realised I needed to consider things like clothing, too.

Clothing requires fabric and, in the case of cotton, that fabric needs to be made from a crop.  That crop, if it’s conventionally farmed cotton, requires a stupid amount of pesticides – about US$ 2.6 billion’s worth worldwide, every year – the liberal use of which is literally reducing our topsoil to useless dust and stuffing up water- and eco-systems.  Organic cotton, on the other hand, is grown using natural methods that do not damage the earth (and us human beans) unduly.  It costs more, sure, but shouldn’t it?

Frankly, I’d rather spend more on one organic cotton t-shirt that didn’t cause ecological mayhem, than twenty cheap versions that weren’t quite so discerning.  I reckon the planet is worth it.

Obviously, even if you do buy organic cotton, it generally is flown in from somewhere else (always a factor one must consider as well), so I am VERY happy (ecstatic, even) to hear that South Africa is now growing organic cotton on a commercial scale!

Cape Town – Consumers can now buy clothing made from South Africa’s first commercial organic cotton crop.

The 30 000kg seed-cotton crop was harvested in Limpopo last year as part of a two-year experimental project by Woolworths, the Organic Exchange, ComMark, Cotton SA and the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Industrial Crops.

The cotton was transformed into material by Rotex Fabrics, after which clothing manufacturer Monviso used it to produce T-shirts. These T-shirts are the first 100% South African organic cotton garments on sale locally. (via Finweek)

Too too cool.  So, where can you get your grubby green paws on some of these new tees?  Why, as part of Woolworths’ summer range, of course.  I have no idea if they’re on the shelves as yet (not too good at tracking seasonal clothing changes), but I’ll certainly be stopping in soon to find out.

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