Friday, January 29, 2010

(Very) Random Question of the Day

Do you try to buy organic clothing? If so, what are you thoughts about doing so?

6 comments:

Suze said...

I'm much more of a stickler for organic food than organic clothing. Mostly, I guess this is because organic clothes (usually cotton) are expensive and often hard to find...that said, I have come across organic cotton onesies at Target that I have stenciled as baby gifts.
Also, there is a store here called Fair Indigo that sells clothing made by people paid a fair wage, mostly in South America. That, to me, is almost more important than organic fiber content, but Fair Indigo has some organic clothes as well.

Pam said...

Thanks for answering, Susan. So interesting that Target carries organic onesies. Who would have thought that would ever happen? Very cool. I agree with your sentiment that buying clothes from people who are making a fair wage is very important. I guess I am wondering if there are more reasons to buy organic clothing than just because it would be healthier for the wearer, and in fact, I have to wonder how much of a health impact it really could make to wear non-organic clothing? It's just something that occurred to me randomly, just wondering if there is some benefit to the workers if they are picking organic vs non-organic cotton, like that it's healthier for them. I'd love to check out Fair Indigo. I wonder if there is a store like that out here. Probably somewhere...

Suze said...

Pam, Fair Indigo has a website (fairindigo.com), so one can order from there. I think they might be based here, which is why there is a physical store.
I've heard that cotton is one of the worst crops for pesticide use, so I think buying organic cotton products really does make an impact environmentally.

Pam said...

Very cool! Thank you so much for the link! I found something I'd like to buy already...

Scott said...

Like Suze, I almost never buy organic clothes. I just can't afford most of them. I have a few organic baby things that were affordable, and an organic cotton t-shirt or two. And I do buy recycled clothes from thrift shops!

I think a large part of the benefit of organic cotton has to do with the politics of farming and money allocation: by spending your money on organic clothes, you're sending the message that you're willing to spend a little extra for quality, environmental safety, and health. Even if those benefits are minimal, it's always a good idea to show the industry that the bottom line is not the be-all end-all.

Pam said...

That's a good point, Scott. And it reminds me of a conversation I've been having a lot lately, which is on another topic. I've been a vegetarian for most of the last 20 years, but have recently wondered whether I should start eating meat, that is, buying grass fed humanely raised beef just for the message that it would send as a consumer. To me, it says, I am willing to support this operation, but it also says, in a way, I do not support factory farming. Unfortunately, the idea of eating meat at all does not appeal to me, but I think there are probably lots of different examples of how you can make a difference as a consumer. I have been more and less serious about this at different times in my life. Sometimes I feel like the big corporations make such a huge impact, why bother, but then little things happen to remind me how much of an impact one person really can have.