Esperanza Threads Organic Cotton Clothing
In Memory of Hannah Stern
It is with great sadness and sympathy for the family and friends of Hannah Stern that we inform you that Hannah passed away on December 25, 2013. Hannah dedicated many years to Esperanza and we are grateful for her many contributions.
Year End Message from the Founder, Executive Director and Board Chair of Esperanza Threads
2013 was a challenging but rewarding time for Esperanza Threads. We have weathered tight finances and now look forward to focusing our 2014 efforts on organizing the launch of an apprenticeship program and other training initiatives fulfilling our mission of assisting “life challenged” individuals with new employment opportunity through career training in commercial sewing. We are blessed with the loving support of generous supporters like you, our customers and friends, our small but dedicated staff, and an engaged and newly expanded board of directors.
Many people ask why organic cotton saves on the use of chemicals and how is it different from conventional cotton? The mega farms plant cotton in the same fields year after year. To replace depleted nutrients in the soil, they use petroleum based fertilizers and to reduce harm from insects the cotton is sprayed with pesticides and insecticides.
Organic cotton growers have found crop rotation valuable in reducing the need for toxic chemicals. The Organic Report - Fall, 2013 (The Organic Trade Association) references research on this:
“A recent study published in Nature’s The ISME Journal reveals the profound effects crop rotations have on enriching soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa. The study examined how alternating crop species can change the microbial content of soil, thus aiding plants in nutrient acquisition, growth regulation, and protection against pests and disease. Continual planting of a single species in monoculture, however, can reduce soil biodiversity, leaving species at risk for pathogen.”
Thank you for your Christmas orders. We are now completing orders we have already received and orders will resume Jan. 6, 2013.
Learn Industrial Sewing with Job Placement Opportunity in the Cleveland Sewing Industry
Experienced sewer wanted for Esperanza Threads! Industrial Sewing is a plus but we are willing to train skilled sewers. Part-time with possibility of full-time opportunity. Please call Esperanza Threads at 216-961-9009.