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Clare Herbert
Development Consultant (Kildare, Ireland)

I am a development consultant and educator, blogger and writer. My background is in communications, non-profit management and political work. My interest in international development bred from a period spent working in Zambia in 2007. Please take a look at my website, for more biographical information, or feel free to contact me for more information.


Are You Wearing Green Underwear?

Published 08th June 2010 - 4 comments - 4585 views -

So, let's start this new series with the basics. The very basics. Are you wearing green underwear? Methaphorically green mind; I've no interest in the literal answer.

As blog post titles go, I’d say that got your attention.  I was reading on GreenMe that ethical underwear is in vogue at the mo.

Think about it for a second. You have loads of pairs of underwear. A lot of them are probably cotton. And cotton is pretty detrimental to the planet. Although it covers less than 1% of the earth’s landmass, it soaks up 25% of all pesticides and herbicides. A single pair of cotton pants uses 10ml of pesticides. Pesticides, such as endosulfan which lead to reproductive and developmental problems in plants and animals leaving us all with our knickers in a twist (I couldn’t help it!)

So, what can you do?

Buy organic, fair-trade cotton underwear.

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  • Robert Stefanicki on 09th June 2010:

    Isn’t there very unhealthy M&M creature sitting on your pants, Clare?

  • Andrea Arzaba on 09th June 2010:

    Thanks for the info Clare smile

  • Clare Herbert on 10th June 2010:

    I guess it is Robert smile Makes for a lovely picture though.

  • Hussam Hussein on 23rd June 2010:

    interesting…thanks for sharing it! wink

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