Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fiber Primer for Ethical Consumers

This is the price we pay for eliminating home economics from our schools: staggering ignorance about the origins and characteristics of the materials used to make clothing and other textile products. I was browsing the web for information on cruelty-free silk and was treated to the following "facts":
  • silk is "made out of silk worms by boiling them"
  • cotton is the most ethical fiber because is is a renewable agricultural fiber
  • shearing sheep is painful and bad for them
Don't believe everything you read on the internets. This you can believe. It's a good, concise introduction to where fibers come from and why you should care.And my eyes popped out when I saw the current lead story on the site: Re-creating the Fashion Industry. Way to go, National Geographic!

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