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Organic cotton and our T-shirt products
JEANS are made from cotton denim. Is that absolutely necessary? Hemp jeans is the best answer.
Organic cotton and our T-shirt products
Many people are jumping on the Green Bandwagon to make a fast buck under the pretence selling of green products. We inspected leading brands of American " Organic Cotton " T-shirts which revealed under the microscope that the fibre was harvested after the use of a defoliant, and ALL the garments were either chemically bleached or dyed. The shop manager was unable to inform us if AZO dyes or formaldehydes were used, these being carcinogenic chemicals prohibited in Europe.

Cotton, the most popular apparel fibre, is today produced on about 0.5% of the world agricultural land. This cotton growing accounts for around 30% of world pesticide use. On top of this, soil sterilants, fumigants , herbicides and defoliants are essential for such usual cotton growing. Intensive irrigation of the cotton fields is causing the contamination of ground water by chemicals and destructive salinity of agricultural land.

People living in cotton growing district suffer from a flu-like allergy. A link between cancer clusters and agro-chemicals has also been suggested. A research of World Health Organisation classified such sensory reactions thus:

o    Sensorial irritation in eye, nose or throat;
o    Skin irritation;
o    Neurotic symptoms;
o    Unspecified hyper reactions;
o    Odour and taste complains.

In one of our videos a chemist shopkeeper in a cotton growing district reports that during the cotton spraying season his sales of medicines increases by 20%.

During the year 1996, Australian cattle farmers lost millions of dollars in export sales when it was detected that their beef meat was contaminated by chemicals from feeding the cattle with cotton seeds. ICI chemical company paid $100,000,000 as a compensation for such loss of export sales. But it was not mentioned that the potato chips or cookies which we eat are often prepared in cotton seed oil! 25 million people world wide are poisoned by pesticides every year. Increase in cancer rates between 1950 and 1986 was 37%.

To reduce (not eliminate) use of insecticides, US Monsanto Corporation developed genetically engineered Bt cotton strain. But even this half-measure failed, as an article in October 1996 issue of the American Scientist indicates, and the cotton growers are returning from reduced chemical spraying to full season chemical spraying. We have also to relise that such gentically engineered plants are "inoculated" with an insecticide which is not selective to harmful insects only, but kills also beneficial insects, one of them honey bees who harvest such poisonous nectar.

Internet is providing information describing harmful consequences to the environment resulting from traditional cotton growing practices or manufacturing man-made fibres. We are making our apparel from fabrics which are made from nature friendly fibres like organic cotton, hemp, flax, ramie, wool, alpaca, and now also ecofriend fleecy fabric made from re-cycled plastic bottles.

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JEANS are made from cotton denim. Is that absolutely necessary?
Hemp From the variety of fiber producing plants, cotton, flax and hemp are the most important. While cotton fibers' length is only 2cm to 6cm long, hemp fibers are 2 meters to 3 meters long. The strength or the yarn depends largely on the length of the fiber, so hemp yearns are about eight times stronger than cotton yarns, consequently hemp containing fabrics are durable. It is also a biodegradable material.

Hemp growing does not require any fertilizer or chemical protection against insects or disease. It is ideal rotation crop as it improves soil friability and does not deplete soil nutrients. It also absorbs heavy-metal soil contamination, suppresses weeds and does not require copious irrigation as cotton fields. In 110 days, it grows 5m high, yielding 6 tons of dry stalks per hectare.

Hemp (cannabis, marijuana) provides the strongest natural fiber and a number of other beneficial products. While half of the trees felled in our forests are pulped for paper, and replanting takes many years to regenerate, in process destroying original flora and fauna, fast growing hemp on much smaller area could provide our paper needs.

Hemp provides oil from seeds as well as excellent food supplement in health food or medicines from leaves.

Martin Booth in his book Cannabis; a history claims that over twenty-five thousand products can be made from hemp. Some of these are:

o    cellulose for the making of rayon and cellophane;

o    building materials for walls, cladding, insulation, flooring, roofing, lightweight building bricks, acoustic control and weather protection (as done by a French firm Isochanvre);

o    cosmetics as an emollient for softening the skin or hair, moisturizer, (as in Anita Roddick's cosmetics);

o    Oil from seeds can be refined into diesel fuel, non-viscous lubricants, natural gas, and hemp hydrocarbon was used to extract creosote, ethyl acetate and hemp resin was used to make plastic car panels with a third of the weight of steel but ten time stronger.

o    The seed contains a wealth of minerals, vitamins (especially vitamin A), amino acids and unsaturated fats and is, on average 28 % protein. Included in this is a globulin known as edestin which is similar to the globulin in human blood plasma which is essential to the operation of the human immune system. The unsaturated fat content includes the omega6 linoleic (LA) and omega 3 linolenic (LNA) fatty acids; 15 grams of hemp oil provides the adult daily dietary requirement of these essential compounds. World-wide use of hemp for traditional medicine would require a book to describe it.

But world-wide prohibition of such God given medicine prevent this. This is one of the most degrading narrow-minded bigotry of our ruling classes. To claim that marijuana is a dangerous drug is scientifically proved nonsense. Cannabis has a lethal-to-effective-dose ration of 40,000 to 1. For aspirin the ration is 10 to1.

Why is cannabis prohibited while alcohol and tobacco drugs, which are causing great human suffering, both socially and physically, are free for adult use?

American prohibition failed and in 1930 Colonel Levi G. Nutt and many of the officers were involved in sleaze, which included the fixing of arrest records and association with the New York Jewish mobster and gambler Arnold Rothstein. The President and the congress ended the prohibition but there was a need to employ officers who were employed in this, often profitable business. New Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) within the US Treasury Department was established and since 1930 Harry Jacob Anslinger was very able commissioner (until 1962). Competition with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which was under the management of devious and secretive J. Edgar Hoover resulted in the fight for supremacy between these two bureaucratic fiefdoms. While Hoover was targeting as a chief enemy of Americans Nazis and Communists, Anslinger mobilized press and judiciary to fight narcotic use and trading. William Randolph Hearst, well known racist, blamed Mexican immigrants and negroes for marijuana drug culture (before 1930 Americans knew only hemp, not marijuana). Prosecutions initiated by FBN provided badly needed revenue for depressed economy (these were taxation offences, not yet criminal). But sensation manufacturing press invented association of violence, sex and promiscuity among the users of marijuana while Lammont Du Pont needed strict laws against hemp growing because new invention of nylon could replace naturally produced hemp fibers.

While prohibition of hemp caused electric chair sentences, Americans like Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House who introduced into US congress the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act enjoyed earlier smoking of marijuana, just as President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, judge Douglas Ginsburg. The US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and 24% of other Americans.

Hemp cloth can repel up to 95% of ultra violet rays while other similar fabrics can achieve only 30% to 60% repellency. Being highly moisture absorbent, hemp garments are cool in summer and, as poor conductor of heat, they are warm in winter. When blended with cotton or ramie fibers, hemp fabrics can be used for both shirts and trousers.

For these excellent qualities, hemp was used for making sailcloth and ropes in the days of sailing ships. During the American gold rush to Klondike in the last century, enterprising Mr. Levi brought to the gold miners a load of hemp cloth for making the tents. However, the miners preferred wooden huts in the cold weather of Klondike to cold tents and Mr. Levi had to use his load of hemp cloth for practical and strong working trousers. It is time to come to our senses and convince ignorant lawmakers how beneficial the God given hemp plant is. This could be demonstrated by returning to the original Levi hemp trousers which Australian gold diggers and shearers called dungaree.
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