Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wordless Wednesday


  1. I've been thinking about your posts regarding stored water and fabric/fiber processing. I found a (sketchy) blog that indicated all fibers pretty much take the same amount of water to grow & process. I found an old (1950ish) gov. report about rayon. Where can I find reliable, contemporary info about wool, rayon, etc? Thank you for your thoughtful blog!

    1. Brenda, I concur with your decision not to put the link to the sketchy site in your comment (and push up their page ranking). But, can you email it to me at I'll take a look.

      Also, the statement that "all fibers pretty much take the same amount of water to grow & process" hides a multitude of nuances.

      I've been researching this and, while it is true that cotton plants have similar water need profiles during their growing season, the amount of rainfall and evapotranspiration varies greatly by location.

      If the water shortfall is made up by bringing water over mountain passes or pumping it up from the ground faster than grondwater is recharge, or taking water away from needed food production, then that is irresponsible.

      Unfortunately, most cotton production is irresponsible.

      I use fossil fuels, I eat meat, I use cotton. I just try to use less. A lot less.


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