Translated with the help of Lucie Battaglia. Thank you Lucie!
How much do you know about eco fashion? Test your knowledge and learn some little-known facts about the clothing industry. See how well you score on this humorously flavored quiz, created by Rocco Mosquito about various complex aspects of the sector.
Since 2014, Rocco Mosquito has offered a line of clothing designed with organic cotton and printed in Montreal with eco-friendly inks.
Rocco Mosquito gives $1 per item sold to UNICEF, Équiterre and / or the SPCA. https://www.roccomosquito.com/
1. Do you know the main difference between regular cotton and organic cotton?
- A) ordinary cotton contains pesticides and chemicals and organic cotton, does not.
- B) organic cotton is made by hippies only.
2. What percentage of all pesticides and insecticides in the world are used for conventionally-grown cotton?
- A) 5%
- B) 25%
3. According to the OMS, how many cotton workers are seriously poisoned and die each year?
- A) 220
- B) 2200
- C) 22 000
4. Can we find pesticide residues in conventionally-grown cotton clothing?
- A) yes
- B) of course not!
5. Out of the seven major cotton producers, how many employ children?
- A) 0 out of 7
- B) 1 out of 7
- C) 6 out of 7 (What ??? And nobody talks about it?)
6. If you buy a garment from a major brand that is made abroad and does not mention to be fair-trade nor ecological :
- A) this garment could have been made by a child
- B) this garment could contain toxic chemicals
- C) this garment was made by underpaid employees
- D)All of the above (It does not make sense! I want to buy eco and fair-trade!)
7. According to Greenpeace’s study “The Big Fashion stitch-up“, what percentage of all tested garment contained NPEs?
- A) 3%
- B) 6%
- C) 63%
8. According to another Greenpeace study of several major brands of children’s wear, what percentage contained harmful NPEs?
- A) 6,1%
- B) 61% (OMG!!!)
9. As for children’s clothing with prints, according to the same 2014 Greenpeace study on major brands, what percentage contained phthalates?
- A) 9,4%
- B) 94% (UNREAL!!)
10. What issues can phthalates cause to human health?
- A) None. We are immune to them since we are exposed to it.
- B) An irresistible desire for multi colored ice cream.
- C) Allergic reactions, liver and kidney damage … and cancer
11. What issues can phthalates, NPEs and PFOA (all found in children and adult clothing) cause to human health?
- A) I don’t know
- B) Allergic reactions, liver and kidney damage, cancer, hormonal disorders, fertility problems (Ouch! Not good at all!)
12. THE ULTIMATE LABEL TEST (Can you handle it?)
Without looking at the labels of the clothes you wear today, answer the following questions:
- A) In which country was your garment manufactured?
- B) Is it fair-trade?
- C) What fiber(s) is it made of?
- D) Are those eco-fibers?
- E) If you answered “yes” to D): Congrats!
If you answered “no”: Can you name the chemicals that are part of it?
13. Place the following natural fibers in order of most to least green:
- Hemp, non-organic cotton, organic cotton, wool & linen, bamboo, eucalyptus (tencel)
14. What is the definition of fair-trade :
- A) Trading that gives fair compensation to workers and contributes to the development of a region while respecting the environment.
- B) Trading that that respects the United Nations Convention on the rights of children to ensure, among other things, that their need to learn and play are respected.
- C) Trading partnership based on respect, transparency and dialogue.
- D) All of the above. (Wow! I want to buy Fair Trade!).
15. GOOD, WELL, I THINK I WANT THE ETHICAL FASHION! WHAT TO CHOOSE?
- A) Clothing made with eco-fibers (hemp, linen, eucalyptus, bamboo, organic cotton)
- B) MADE IN CANADA
- C) MADE IN YOUR PROVINCE
- D) MADE BY YOU (Closer is better)
- E) Fair-trade clothing
- F) Upcycled clothing
- G) All these answers of course (yes, you guessed right! Better if we combine more!)
Answers (1 point per good answer, on 18 points)
12. THE ULTIMATE LABEL TEST : 1 point per good answer
13. most to least green: 1) hemp, 2) wool & linen, 3) eucalyptus (tencel), 4) bamboo, 5) organic cotton, 6) non-organic cotton
Written by Ugo Dutil :
I grew up in the ecovillage Cite Ecologique. I like this way of life that values human relationships, sustainable development and personal growth. I’ve been working with Respecterre since 2013. Minimalism, #slowfashion and moving towards sustainability, especially in textiles, fascinate me.