Katharine Hamnett: “I Want to Sell as Much Organic Cotton as Possible”

by , 03/03/15   filed under: Green Designers, Quotes

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“One thousand cotton farmers die everyday from pesticide poisoning or suicide debt; that is more deaths per day than in all the wars going on across the world put together, and it doesn’t even show up as a blip on the media anywhere. I thought everybody would think the same as me and fix it. Have they no pity? Have they no shame?

“I want to get the message out to as many people as possible…I want to sell as much organic cotton as possible because this helps the farmers. If they can sell organic cotton rather than conventional, it improves their lives immeasurably as they don’t have to spend all their money on chemical pesticides and fertilizers and can finally afford to feed, clothe, house their families, educate their children and afford healthcare, which is not the case if they farm conventionally.”

—British designer-activist Katharine Hamnett, speaking to Clash about why she’s reviving her line of slogan T-shirts (“Hamnett”) for a new generation.

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