Maggie's Organics real Fair Trade and organic farming practices from start to finish.
Organic farming practices, adhering to organic processing standards, and minimizing our carbon footprint by producing only within the Americas, Maggie’s is a leader in textile sustainability.
Direct contracts with each of their producers, pre-payments for seed deposits, support of small family mills and worker-owned cooperatives; since our founding, Maggie’s has walked the talk of Real Fair Trade.
For over 22 years, Maggie’s has been committed to the fair treatment of workers while making accessories and clothing from Organic fibers.
Take comfort that Maggie's offers complete disclosure of contents and organic certificates for each their products.
Organic Cotton Fields
Maggie's purchases their organic cotton directly from over 2000 cooperative farmers in Nicaragua, making $400 prepayments each June for every 1000 lbs. of organic cotton we need for the following year. Our investments cover approximately half of the farmers’ annual cultivation costs. In December when the crop is harvested, Maggie’s pays the entire balance, at prices often higher than the established fair trade price. In this way we share our farmers’ risks, and we guarantee our customers a steady supply of goods.
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About Certified Organic TextilesGrowing and buying organic cotton helps reduce the world's usage of pesticides, herbicides and the caustic chemicals used for processing. Here are some documented facts
1) Approximately 25% of the world's insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants.) (Allan Woodburn)
2) Fifty-five million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on the 12.8 million acres of conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2003 (4.3 pounds/ acre), ranking cotton third behind corn and soybeans in total amount of pesticides sprayed. (USDA)
3) Over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton in 2000 (142 pounds/acre), making cotton the fourth most heavily fertilized crop behind corn, winter wheat, and soybeans. (USDA)
4) The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens (acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron, pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin). (EPA)
5) It takes roughly one-third of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one T-shirt. (SCP)
Organic clothing manufacturers are also required to follow strict guidelines for raw material processing and dying. There are natural dyes and low impact dyes that ban the use of heavy metals and other caustic chemicals. Many of these chemicals are petroleum based, containing heavy metals and numerous carcinogenic elements, which do not bio-degrade. They leech into the water table, rivers, lakes and oceans, contaminating them and everything else, including humans, and will linger for centuries to come.
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Choosing the right pillowThe following are general guidelines on the firmness of pillows:
Side sleepers can use a higher or extra fill pillow.
Back sleepers would probably prefer medium height/fill.
Stomach sleepers prefer lower or lighter fill pillows.
The wool will compress by about 1/3. The shredded latex spreads out under your head and is very pliable. The latex is soft yet supportive. Our shredded latex and "woolley" down pillows have zipper covers so the fill can be added or removed based on your personal preference.
Please feel free to contact us by phone or email if you need further help in choosing your pillow!
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