cotton

Is the World Bank Guilty of Supporting Forced Cotton Labor in Uzbekistan?

Photo by the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights Is the World Bank an enabler? A leading human-rights group certainly thinks so. Nearly 60 years after the International Labour…

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New Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Forced Labor From Cotton Production

Photo by Lionel Abrial/Unsplash Think “forced labor” and the image of a bleary-eyed worker, hunched over a sewing machine in a crowded factory, stitching clothing for…

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World's Leading Brands Score Poorly on Use of Sustainable Cotton

Photo by Wikimedia Commons Organic cotton. Better cotton. Fair-trade cotton. Recycled cotton. Cotton made in Africa. You’d think with all the labels and initiatives brands like to…

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At This Tokyo Café, Customers Spin Cotton While They Wait

Fancy a snack with a side of raw organic cotton? If you dropped by Tokyo Cotton Village’s café in Kōenji this past January, that’s precisely what you got. From January 23…

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Ecotec: A Traceable, Italian-Made Yarn Derived From Recycled Cotton

ECOTEC \ēkōˈtek\ n. 1 a: A Marchi & Fildi yarn derived from 100 percent pre-dyed cotton textile clippings. b: Made in Italy using an exclusive, traceable, and Oeko-Tex–…

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Cotton Slavery in Uzbekistan, Explained in Two Minutes

Last week in Uzbekistan, hundreds of thousands of people, including children, were forced from their jobs and schools and into the cotton fields, where they’ll spend the next few…

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Nearly Half a Million Children Toil in India's Cottonseed Fields

A new report by the Stop Child Labour Coalition and the India Committee of the Netherlands has revealed that 60 percent of cotton seed farm laborers in India are children. Appropriately…

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Watch "Cotton Road," a Film About How Our Clothes Are Made

Live in or around New York City? You’re cordially invited to a Jan. 7, 2015 screening of Cotton Road, a documentary that explores the global cotton supply chain through the eyes…

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Cotton Tops List of Industries Most Likely to Abuse Child Labor

Photo by Shutterstock Textiles from Cambodia, garments from Bangladesh, and cotton from India share at least one thing in common: they’ve all been cited by the U.S. Department of…

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Neil Young Calls for Boycott of Non-Organic Cotton

Photo by DFree / Shutterstock On his last tour of Europe, Neil Young gave the audience free organic-cotton T-shirts as a token of his appreciation. There was one catch, however.…

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Cotton Incorporated Teams Up With Maker's Row to Promote U.S. Cotton

Cotton Incorporated, the American trade group responsible for making Zooey Deschanel and Hayden Panettiere warble about the “fabric of our lives” on television, has linked…

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Watch the Trailer for "Thread," a Documentary About the Ethics of Fashion

Need an elevator pitch for the importance of sustainability in fashion? You can do no better than the trailer for Thread, an upcoming documentary about the internal workings of the…

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Zeal Optics Unveils World's First Biodegradable Sunglass Made With Cotton

Colorado-based Zeal Optics has just unveiled what it considers the world’s first truly biodegradable sunglasses. The Ace is its new frame made from a cotton-based resin that can…

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Water-Harvesting Cotton Could Help Sustain Agriculture in Arid Places

Photo by Shutterstock In arid areas, clean flowing water is always in short supply. However, once temperatures cool at night, mists and fogs nourish plant and animal life. Inspired by…

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African-Made Cotton Has Smaller Ecological Footprint, Says New Study

Your car and home aren’t the only sources of greenhouse-gas emissions. Clothing has an ecological footprint of its own, as well. But African-grown cotton might have a considerably…

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