Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Earth Day Giveaway!
To celebrate Earth Day, Jan of the wonderful label Daisy Janie asked us to take part in a blog hop giveaway! Hooray!!
(entries are now closed)
While giveaways are great and all, there is a serous message behind this one, and it's one I'm sure we've all heard before, but I'm going to say it anyway.
We simply cannot continue on the path of throw away consumerism.
In our little corner of the industry, we want to promote the use of organic fabrics. In particular, those that are sustainable & Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) Certified.
The textile industry uses 25% of the worlds pesticides. 25%!! I can't even fathom how much poison that is, in litres.
The organic textile industry has very specific Standards regarding the use of toxins for something to be classed as organic, and has a hugely positive flow on to the (more often than not 3rd world) communities that grow & produce them. For example, the fields of organic cotton need to be rotated with other crops every few years, which also must be organic. This often means that the communities rotate the cotton with food crops, which means easy access to good quality, organic produce to be eaten and also sold. This, combined with the lack of toxic pesticides, means a hugely increase level of health for the people living around & working the cotton crops. It leads to better local economies, education & working conditions.
(The wonderful Kristen Doran had something to add! She says: I love the eco-friendly side of GOTS certified. But what I love even MORE about GOTS fabrics is the social criteria enforced. There is no forced or bonded labour in these companies. Child labour is not used and working conditions are clean. Working hours do not exceed 48 hours. I could go on... hurray for cotton manufacturers getting on board and looking after the workers. )
If we have to buy, then we must buy organic. It's the least we can do.
Please visit this site for more detailed & (much more) thoroughly researched information. No, no, I insist. Off you go.
We'll wait here...
...Ok, I know you didn't read it but let's continue, if you promise to read it tonight for homework.
On to the giveaway!
Together with the 11 other wonderful people/businesses below, we are giving away something lovely! So hop on over to everyone's blogs to enter their giveaways!! :)
Betz White - Birch Fabrics - Cloud9 Fabrics - Cottage Industrialist - Daisy Janie
Harmony Art - Homesweet - loop - Monaluna - Swanky Swell - Umbrella Prints
Our prize is YOUR SELECTION of your favourite 4 prints from our new Tamarillo Collection!
Each piece will be a fat quarter measuring 47cm x 47cm.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us what organic, sustainable product you would like to see available from Ink & Spindle!
Anything at all, from types of fabric to finished products, tell us what you want! We are interested in you feedback & will definitely take your suggestions seriously.
Giveaway ends Midnight Monday 26th April, Melbourne time, so plenty of time to have a think about what you'd love us to do!
p.s please make sure we can contact you!