How (and Why) to Sew on a Button

When you’re in need of new clothes, opting for organic can be the most ethical and sustainable choice.

Organic cotton isn’t grown using synthetic pesticides or fertilisers which are toxic to humans, wildlife and the environment. Plus organic cotton crops are generally rain-fed, so they need significantly less water to grow than a lot of non-organic cotton which often requires water to be diverted from local waterways. According to the Soil Association one kilogram of non-organic cotton – about the weight of a pair of jeans - takes as much as 20,000 litres of water to produce.

Of course, if you don’t really need to buy new clothes, the best thing you can do for your wardrobe and the environment is to cherish what you already own. 

WRAP, extending the life clothing by nine months significantly reduces its environmental impact

Two years ago when I was heavily pregnant I filmed a series of three ‘how to’ films, with the aim of passing on a few tips that I’ve learnt along the way. Crazy as it may sound, I’ve only just had the films edited. Small children have a way of messing with time, which somehow slows down and speed up simultaneously!

Organic September celebrates the benefits of all things organic and it's the perfect time to share the first of these films How (and why) to Sew on a Button because it features an organic cotton and wool cardigan. If you don’t have the skills to repair your clothes then this is your chance to learn.

You can find out more about Organic September and the benefits of organic cotton and wool by visiting the Soil Association.

The cardigan in the film is from from Thought, a UK-based independent brand that uses natural fibres and designs garments for longevity.

With thanks to Bristol Green Capital Partnership / Better Bristol for their support.

Film edited by Cara Lavan from Moore Lavan Films.

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