Cotton is used for 50% of all our textile needs. Portrayed as 'clean and natural' in advertising, one quarter of ALL farming pesticides are used in the manufacture of cotton, making it a hazard to farm workers' health and a major source of water waste.
Write a letter to your favourite brands and shops telling them you love their things and have bought plenty in the past, but in three years' time you want all the cotton you buy from them to be organic and the sooner they do it, the sooner you will be happy to shop there again.
Below you'll find contact details for some popular brands.
Arcadia Group: This group owns Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Evans, Burton, Miss Selfridge, and Outfit.
You can fill in their online feedback form at www.arcadiagroup.co.uk/promostores/arcadia/html/contact_us.html, or just visit the individual brands’ websites to fill in their own feedback forms, e.g. www.topshop.com - under "Details" > "Talk To Us"
Asda www.asda.co.uk - feedback form on-line under "Customer Services", then click "Contact us" in the link menu on the left hand side. Or write to:
Great Wilson Street
Debenhams www.debenhams.com - Fill in an online feedback form at "Customer Services", click "Contact Us", "E-mail Us" and select "Business enquiries". Or write to:
Debenhams Retail plc
1 Welbeck Street
Diesel www.diesel.com - No specific contact details have been made available. If you shop here, try asking in –store.
Gap www.gap.com - Web site down for site improvements but please keep trying!
Harrods www.harrods.com - Feedback form on-line under "Contact us". Alternatively, write to:
87-135 Brompton Road
H & M www.hm.com - Fill in the feedback form on-line at: http://www.hm.com/uk/hm/startfaq/contact_srt.jsp by selecting "United Kingdom" and then clicking "H&M Hennes Ltd." in the web address line, or write to:
H & M Hennes Ltd.
57 Rathbone Place
London W1T 1HE
1-7 Rostrevor Mews
London SW6 5AZ
John Lewis www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk - Fill in the online form under "Contact Us", or write to:
John Lewis Partnership Head Office
Karen Millen email@example.com
Kookai www.kookai.com - No specific contact details have been made available. If you shop here, try asking in –store.
La Redoute www.redoute.com - firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to:
Customer Care Manager
PO Box 777
Bradford BD99 4WY
Louis Vuitton www.vuitton.com - No specific contact details have been made available. If you shop here, try asking in –store.
Marks and Spencer’s www.marksandspencer.com - email@example.com, or write to:
Marks and Spencer Group plc
35 North Wharf Road
Mango www.mango.com - The online form is available under "Contact us". Don’t be confused by the big "Supplier Service" section that appears first – the "Customer Service" option is just below that.
Nike www.nike.com - No specific contact details have been made available. If you shop here, try asking in –store.
Prada www.prada.com - No specific contact details have been made available. If you shop here, try asking in –store.
Primark www.primark.co.uk – No specific contact details have been made available. If you shop here, try asking in –store.
Unit 12 Eastbury Road
London Industrial Estate Park
Selfridges – Write to:
Leicester LE3 1ZW
Zara www.zara.com - Fill in the online form by clicking "Customer Service" and then "Contact". You’ll then be given the parent company’s data protection guidelines. If you click "I agree" then the customer service form will come up.