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CURRICULUM SUBJECTS: Fashion Design : Cotton, Polyester and Sustainability

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Case Studies

Case study: Goondiwindi Cotton Company

The Goondiwindi Cotton Company is the Coulton family-owned cotton growing business and value-added venture. Concerned about the amount of chemicals used for growing cotton, and anticipating a market niche, the Coulton's grew organic cotton in the early 1990s. They grew one bale to an acre where traditionally you grow three bales to the acre. To grow a bale was costing them as much as traditional cotton. In the end they found the market wasn't prepared to pay three times as much for the product. As a result the Coulton's ceased growing organic cotton, believing they were probably ten years ahead of their time. Take a look at the information on these web sites:

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Video : Cotton child labour & human rights abuses  

Uzbekistan is the second largest exporter of cotton in the world, selling over 800,000 tonnes of cotton every year. Europe is its major buyer.
But while the former Soviet Republic is at the forefront of global cotton production, its human rights and environmental record lags far behind the rest of the world. Forced child labour, human rights violations, excessive pesticide use, the draining of an ocean and severe poverty are all rife in cotton production in Uzbekistan.

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Sustainable fashion is a shared responsibility: Willa Stoutenbeek at TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2013