I have written on the topic of pesticides and fabric before, a pet subject of mine. But here it is in a nutshell – organic cotton clothing saves one cup of pesticides per item (e.g. top / skirt). Reasonably priced organic clothing can be bought from Tatty Bumpkin (yes I know you know this already), People Tree, Bishopston Trading Company, Hug, Seasalt and coupled with as many charity shop purchases as you can muster make for a not unreasonably expensive, reasonably glamorous and extremely environmental clothing option.
For more on this subject visit a multitude of environmental sites including Women’s Environmental Network, Friends of the Earth, Soil Association , People Tree etc.
STOP PRESS Yes Dan you’re right it’s a very destructive plant compared with hemp or bamboo for that matter (which Tatty Bumpkin’s children’s clothes are made from). There is a new range of underwear made from wood just out too – spun wood pulp which makes a fabric. Nice