Above you can see me on the right, my sister-in-law, Loretta, in the middle, and my son, Sheehan, on the left, having a silly moment on Christmas day.
Sheehan helps me out by taking packages to the post office and UPS on his bike. He's 22 and still doesn't drive. He gets around on his bike and public transit. He loves nature, plays the drums and is studying anthropology.
Loretta teaches 3rd. grade and emphasizes the importance of protecting the environment in her teaching. She has 2 educational nature books for children published. One is called "A Voice for the Redwoods" and the other is "Lacy's Journey: The Life of a Decorator Crab." which includes a CD with music written and performed by my husband, Steve (her older brother.) You can purchase her books here or at her web site at
Nature's Hopes and Heroes She offers quantity discounts.
Message from Aleta:
When I first learned about organic cotton clothing, I knew I wanted to make it a part of my life. I always thought cotton (conventional) was a good, natural product. It never occurred to me that the cotton clothing I was complacently buying was loaded with toxic chemicals. Not just the pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers used to grow the cotton, but the chemicals used to process, bleach and dye the cotton as well. And now, as more people are becoming aware of the dangers of GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods, the dangers of growing and wearing GMO cotton are coming to light. And the only way to be sure of avoiding GE (genetically engineered), or GMO cotton, is to buy organic cotton.
If I was buying organically grown food for my family, why was I buying toxic clothing? What we wear may not seem as important as what we eat, but our skin is not a solid barrier protecting us from everything we come into contact with. Our skin lives and breathes and can also absorb toxins.
For me and many others, it is more than an issue of personal and family health. Organic cotton clothing is an important environmental and social issue as well. Cotton grown the conventional way pollutes the air, water and soil. Anyone living on or near these farms are also exposed. Not just people, but animals, insects and birds. Another aspect of the clothing industry that concerns many of us is the question of fair labor practices. I have collected informed statements from my suppliers regarding this human rights issue which you can read by following this link. Learn about our suppliers
How we live and how we spend our money always carries a social and environmental impact, whether we choose to take notice of it or not. I believe choosing organic cotton clothing and other organic cotton products, hemp clothing and accessories, and other natural products has a positive impact on all these levels. So in 1997, with the help of my family, I started Kasper Organics (my maiden name is Kasper) with the goal of making organic cotton clothing and hemp products available at affordable prices. I focus on the basic items people need and use most. And I try to be responsive to my customer's needs. Especially those who are chemically sensitive (mcs). Our customers with chemical sensitivities often find it helpful to wear our organic cotton and organic hemp clothing.
It has been very satisfying to know that so many people share our concerns for the natural environment and ecology, as well as fair trade and human rights. It seems that every day more people are becoming aware of the need for social and environmental responsibility and are working toward a more sustainable and natural lifestyle. Realizing that social and economic justice go hand in hand with environmental justice. I think we can all look forward to a better future for our planet and its inhabitants.