Organic Fabric:

Nearly all cotton is grown with petrochemical fertilizers, and sprayed with toxic chemical insecticides. The spray kills thousands of people in third world countries.

I have not read anything so blunt and horrifying regarding conventionally grown cotton. Wow. is the web version of Fabrics Ltd., a small family-run business out of Wales that sells really lovely and relatively inexpensive fair-trade organic cotton fabrics. They are very transparent about their suppliers and practices.

They have one of the widest ranges of organic fabrics I have seen, including handwoven solids and yarn dyes, denim, sateen, jersey knit, and a few prints.

Thanks to Skye at Crafting a Green World for the link.


  1. Jhoanna says:

    Thanks for posting this – off to explore more!

  2. Lainie says:

    I realize this is news to a lot of people — but organic cotton advocates have been saying it for a long time. Cotton is one of the most pesticide-intensive crops we grow, and those pesticides contaminate our soil, air, water and wildlife. And in the United States, most cotton is genetically modified — bad for the environment, bad for small farmers, bad for organic farmers who run the risk of cross-contamination (but good for Monsanto!).

  3. Linda says:

    I think the only way we will be able to revolutionize the conventional cotton industry is if awareness is raised and the demand increases. If major fabric manufacturers would use organic cotton when producing their seasonal collections their fabrics might still be marginally more expensive but if thousands of yards are printed and sold, consumers would be offered a reasonably priced alternative as opposed to high end. I think it would be so great if the talented contemporary designers and crafters of today would start demanding that fabric companies print on organioc cotton fabric.

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