In April, Timbuk2 customers sent in 100 bags to the company’s bag-recycling program. With help from (RED), the bags will be passed along to community health workers in Zambia for transporting medical supplies and other essentials. (Timbuk2)
Recession, schmecession. The organic cotton sector grew 35 percent in 2009, according to Organic Exchange. (Press release)
No Chains, which launches in June, is a new T-shirt line with a difference. It’s run by former sweatshop workers from Argentina and Thailand. (Fiber2fashion)
LUSH, bath-bomb purveyor par excellence, is nixing paper gift wrapping in favor of the reusable fabric Knot Wrap, inspired by the Japanese tradition of furoshiki. (Venus Zine)
Vermont Organic Fiber, the maker of O-Wool, goes bankrupt, although its hand-knitting yarns will continue under new ownership. We has a sad. (Ecotextile News)
“Loomstate was birthed out of the idea of creating a truly sustainable company giving our factory a product that they could make money with. Even though it’s this idea of being environmentally conscious, inspired by nature, and socially responsible, it was really born out of wanting to make our factory profitable. It has to go hand-in-hand.”
—Scott MacKinley Hahn, co-founder of Loomstate, in Racked.