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Certification on this website is a process intended to determine if a fashion product meets minimum quality standards. This confirmation is often, but not always, provided by some form of external review, education, or assessment done by a government body or private organization.

Color grown cotton contains no dyes but is grown in natural colors such as honey, red, purple and mocha. South American Natives were known to have used color grown cotton. In the past decade, these color grown cotton fibers have become available for textile manufacturing.

We use the concept ‘community based’ when referring to products that have been created in such a way as to support a specific community. The concept is often applied in relation to non-western countries where products are being made in and directly benefiting small communities, like villages or neighborhoods.

To dress is an everyday verb in our lives. But that simple verb can contribute to building a better society. By dressing with ecologically produced clothing and accessories you are taking action. We can generate a change in the world through the clothes that we wear. As consumers we should seek a balance between the satisfaction of wearing clothes, the preservation of the environment and social welfare. Everyday we can make a conscious choice of dressing up with clothes that flag a better world.

Cotton is one of agriculture's most water-intensive and pest-sensitive crops, often grown in semi-arid and water-scarce areas. It has been estimated to consume 11% of the world's pesticides (Kooistra, K.J., et. al. 2006). Its cultivation represents over 2.4% of global arable land, involving about 30 million farmers. Cotton is produced in approximately 90 countries worldwide, many of which are classified as developing countries. The economies of many developing countries and the livelihoods of millions of small farmers and their families are dependent on cotton production. The environmental and social impacts are therefore widespread and need to be addressed.

The first few harvests of organic cotton after the soil has been used in a conventional manner cannot be certified as organic. This is because of pesticides that still remain in the soil and the cotton plant. This particular harvest of cotton therefore is ‘cotton in the process of conversion’: the process of purifying soil and plants and moving from conventional towards sustainable agriculture.  

We refer to ‘craft’ when we talk about either the maintenance of traditional crafts in developing countries or the small scale, local production of products by craftspeople in industrialized countries.

Conventional silk is made by boiling the intact cocoons and thereby killing the silk worms after which the single silk strand is unwound onto reels. Peace silk allows the silkworm to emerge from their cocoons to live out their full life cycle. The silk is degummed and spun like other fiber, instead of being reeled. The resulting yarn is soft, fluffy, and light like a cloud.

We can also call it demi-couture or made to order. The classic example is the men’s suit that’s made by a tailor who takes body measurements and produces a suit unique to every customer.  The reason we consider it “eco” is that you get exactly what you want and therefore are more likely to love it longer.

This verb points to the creative process of altering a consumer product towards the personal taste of the individual. An example of customization or personalization is a dress that you buy in the store and alter yourself towards your taste or you have someone else alter it for you.

  
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