Magazine article New Internationalist

Green Jeans: The Lifecycle of an Icon, or How to Turn Your Blue Jeans Green

Magazine article New Internationalist

Green Jeans: The Lifecycle of an Icon, or How to Turn Your Blue Jeans Green

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Growing

Cotton - from which denim is made - uses enormous quantities of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, irrigated water supplies and a large chunk of fertile land in some of the world's hungriest countries.

Organic cotton cuts out the chemicals; hemp grows almost anywhere without the need for pesticides.

Weaving

Industrial textiles need cheap energy and chemicals for the spinning of the thread, the weaving and treatment of the fabric and the application of special finishes.

'Green' industrial methods remain to be developed and may be a contradiction in terms - people who tread lightly on the earth still spin, design and weave their own fabrics from local fibres and dyes.

Dumping

Some waste cotton fibre, thread and fabric is recycled by the industry or used in other products such as paper. But chemical treatments make the fibre difficult to recycle and less bio-degradable. …

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