Tuesday 14 October 2008

Pick your cotton carefully!

It's good to see a conference being organised to highlight issues in the supply of cotton for clothing. We've already featured the use of child labour in Kazakhstan in this blog - follow the 'cotton industry' label below for more articles - and this conference seeks to pick up this issue and others such as the use of pesticide and fair trade.

To present the issues, speakers will include representatives from Pesticide Action Network UK, Action Aid, Traidcraft and the International Fair Trade Association.

The conference is at Southampton Solent University on Saturday 25 October - click here for a .pdf with full details or view the Southampton Fair Trade Group website.

Aside from the discussions, there will be a Cotton fair displaying organic fairly traded garments and displays illustrating the history of the cotton industry and working displays of spinning and hand-loom weaving.

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