Last week, I was approached by Jan DiCintio, the fantastic bundle of energy and talent behind Daisy Janie, to participate in a giveaway to promote Earth Day and organic fabrics. It took me all of 1 second to sign on, and, luckily for you, 11 other designers (in whose company I am humbled to be included) did, too!
Now, before you get to the goodies, how's about a few useful factoids?
Even people who carefully seek out and are willing to pay a premium for organic milk or produce for their families may not see the value of organic cotton—it's not as though we are eating it, right? But when you stop to consider that, when grown conventionlly, this non-nutritional crop uses 25% of the world's insecticides, it's clear that the way cotton is grown has a profound impact on the health of our water supplies, our soil, and our farmers.
Although there are several different certification bodies for organic cotton, the central premise is the same: organic cotton should be grown free of chemical pesticides or fertilizers and from naturally occuring, non-genetically-modified seeds. Although organic cotton production is on the rise, it still represents less than 1% of annual worldwide cotton production. We have a long way to go, but there is momentum building.
As demand for organic cotton grows, so will its carbon footprint shrink—the bulk of world organic cotton production is in India, which means organic cotton still has to travel a pretty far piece to end up in most people's homes around the world. But as farmers see demand for the product rise in their own countries, they will plant more acres and serve their local and regional markets more effectively.
The giveaway works like this: each us is giving away our organic fabric designs to a lucky commenter on each of our respective blogs. The giveaways open April 21, 2010 at 6PM EST and close on April 26 at 10PM EST. Visit each of the links below to hop to each giveaway:
The winner of my giveaway will receive 4 organic cotton fat quarters or 2 full yards of organic cotton sateen in the patterns of your choice from my Spoonflower Shop. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post—what would you do with free fabric?