If you like to shop at farmers markets, you probably have a pretty good sense of what and who is behind the food you are purchasing. You are aware of the importance of local, natural and organic food and the positive impact it has on your health. But how many of us know much about the fabrics we wear everyday or the people involved in the making? Fiber is a significant but sometimes overlooked product of agriculture in America.
The US imports about 95% of our clothing from overseas, the majority of which is manufactured in China, where human rights abuses are very common. The most commonly used fibers are polyester and nylon, which are derived from petroleum and processed and dyed using synthetic, often toxic chemicals, such as copper, nickel, and cobalt. Unfortunately, a very small percentage of people is aware of this and an even smaller percentage of people seem to care.
This is why I shop local and natural. Every skein of yarn I purchase and every scarf I knit tell a story that I’m proud of, that I connect with and that I feel is ethical.