Some links to further information about organics.
Why organic cotton?
- Non-organic cotton occupies only 3% of the world’s farmland, but uses 25% of the world’s chemical pesticides which ends up not only in the cotton, but in the air, water and soil.
- The most acutely toxic pesticide registered by the Environment Protection Agency is aldicarb. In California alone between 1970 and 1994, 85 to 95% of total aldicarb was used on cotton.
- Organic cotton farmers eliminate the use of toxic chemicals inevery step of the growing process by emphasizing natural and biological methods which do not harm the environment.
- "A young boy of eight had been helping his parents by weeding in the cotton fields. Feeling thirsty, he ran back to the house, but found an
empty container by the path and used it to scoop up some water from a ditch. He did not return home, and a village search found his body next to the empty endosulfan bottle innocently used to quench
Read how organic cotton (and other) farming is actually helping farmers:
Return to Organic Cotton
Br. Paul's Organic Cotton and Vegetable Farm
Organic Farmer Who Values His Freedom Above All
Why not AZO dyes?
The organic cotton string bags, hankies and gift bags sold on this site are either un-dyed (in natural grown cotton colours) or dyed only with non-AZO dyes. When placed alongside non-organic
fabrics and wrapping paper, these items might appear dull, but there are good reasons for this.
Azo dyes could be banned from skin contact
While our own exposure to AZO dyes on our clothes and accessories might not have long-term harmful effects (but who knows?), workers who are forced to use these dyes in factories are not always so
well protected. We hope that our rejection of AZO-dyes will contribute towards worker welfare in the long run.