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Sweatshop labor/organic cotton- Clothes For a Change

In fall 2002, OCA and our allies will be launching a new global campaign to raise awareness among the nation's organic consumers about the social and environmental effects of cotton and clothing production. The Clothes for a Change campaign will be demanding that major clothing retailers and manufacturers:

  • Stop using genetically engineered cotton.
  • Start blending in organic or "transition to organic" cotton in their clothing.
  • Guarantee that they meet independently verified Fair Labor (non-sweatshop) standards.

Fifteen years ago organic food in the USA was a tiny niche market. Now it's a $10 billion a year market, the fastest growing segment of the American food system. By 2020, at current rates of growth, organic farming will become the dominant form of agriculture in the USA. Similarly today, organic and Fair Made clothing constitutes a niche market, but with your support we can meet our long term goal of having at least 30% of all clothing in the USA be Organic & Fair Made by the year 2010. The OCA intends to meet this goal by:

  • Generating thousands of faxes, emails and phone calls to clothing companies.
  • Organizing hundreds of leafleting events and protests outside of stores such as The Gap, Nike, Ralph Lauren, and Levi's.
  • Distributing thousands of fact sheets and leaflets to educate consumers about these issues.
  • Organizing school districts and universities to begin purchasing only organic and Fair Made clothing and fibers. Campus clothing represents two percent of America's $300 billion a year garment industry.
  • Getting local resolutions passed mandating organic and fair made fiber purchasing for municipal contracts.

Campaign News Headlines

Click here for background info on cotton and clothing production as it relates to human rights and the environment.
European Companies Feeling the Heat From Anti-Sweatshop Movement
Levis:Made in China?
Nike Greenwashes Sweatshop Labor
Gap involved in Saipan sweatshop lawsuit
Cargill/Dow--From Frankencorn to Frankenfleece
GE Cotton Approval in India Sparks Debate
India approves GE cotton
Africa Debate on GE Cotton Heats Up
Nike Steps Up Greenwashing with New Organic Products

Genetically Engineered Cotton Suffering from Production Problems

Organic Cotton & Clothing Sales Steadily Increase

Cotton Concession Gives Bush Fast Track Authority
India to Destroy Illegal Gene-Altered Cotton Crops
EPA Continues to Be a Cheerleader for USA Frankencrops
Nike & Brand Name Bullies Try to Co-opt Anti-Sweatshop Protests
Antibiotic Marker Gene in GE Cotton May Harm Tuberculosis Patients
10/3- Successful Anti-Sweatshop Campaign Against Nike in Mexico
GE insects released in cotton field
INDIA--Illegal GE Cotton Crop Will Be Destroyed
Walt Disney--Sweatshop Retailer of the Year
Why Bt Cotton Should Be Banned
India Rejects Commercialization of GE Cotton
Organic Cotton Clothes Still a Tiny Market Segment
Protests Mount in India Against GE Cotton 
Brand Name Bullies Fight Back with Greenwashed PR
Pollution from GE Corn & Cotton Crops
Behind US Fashion Labels--LA's Multi-Billion Dollar Sweatshop Industry
Scientists Ready to Release Gene-Altered Insects in Cotton Fields
Nike's Social Responsibility Rhetoric Exposed as a Lie
Australia Pests Develop Resistance to Bt Cotton
Genetically Engineered Cotton Fails in Indonesia
Gene-Altered Cotton Producing Sub-Standard Fibers
India Farmers Again Burn GE Cotton Fields

Gap In Trouble

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