Organic Fiber Council (OFC)
For Immediate Release Contacts: Sandra Marquardt (510) 215-8841
August 1998 or Holly Givens (413) 774-7511
FIRST-EVER ORGANIC COTTON DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE
GREENFIELD, MA-The Organic Trade Association's Fiber Council, in
collaboration with the Pesticide Action Network, is offering the first-ever
Organic Cotton Directory--a comprehensive guide for organic cotton companies
and their products. More than 125 companies listed offer an exciting range
of organic cotton products for men, women, children and infants: apparel,
sportswear, undergarments, sleep wear, personal hygiene items, tampons,
diapers, bed and bath linens, sheets, toys and much more!
The Directory contains listings and complete contact information for organic
cotton growers, brokers, mills, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers
providing a complete networking tool for the growing organic cotton
industry. The Directory also includes hard-to-find information on the
organic cotton market, world acreage and the environmental and human health
problems associated with conventional cotton production.
New strategies adopted by the apparel industry, such as blending organic
with conventional cotton, are stimulating a renewed demand for organic
cotton, which is currently at an all-time high. Acreage estimates for the
1998 organic cotton crop are up by 11% to more than 10,000 acres. This
represents a total reduction of approximately 3 million pounds of synthetic
pesticides and fertilizers typically applied to conventional cotton. Organic
cotton farmers use natural farming methods such as crop rotations, cover
crops and compost to build soil fertility and beneficial insects to manage
pests. By choosing organic cotton, consumers can make a difference in how
cotton is grown in the U.S.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the business association representing
the organic industry in the United States and Canada. OTA's 750 members
include growers, processors, shippers, retailers, certification
organizations, and others involved in the business of producing and selling
organic products. The Organic Trade Association's Fiber Council (OFC)
represents all sectors within the organic fiber industry, including organic
cotton farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers involved in the
organic fiber industry. Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is an international
organization working to replace toxic pesticides with ecologically-sound
alternatives. PAN promotes organic cotton by generating consumer awareness
around pesticide use in cotton and its impact on human health and the
Cost & Ordering Information
Non-OTA members: $15, plus $3 shipping and handling (Massachusetts
residents add $0.75 sales tax). Shipping and handling for Western Europe is
$6, Australia $6.50, Canada ($3).
OTA members: $10, plus $3 shipping and handling (Massachusetts residents add
$0.50 sales tax). Same international shipping and handling rates.
Phone orders: Tel: 413-774-7511 Fax: 413-774-6432
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