As many have said thanks for putting up so many informative posts, i just thought i would add my little thought to this, I know that many people care about the enviorment and the impact we have on it myself included and we would all love to strive for a cruelty free and fair world ( that being said i myself am not rich and as a mother of 2 wish i could buy everything fairtrade and cruelty free but its not always an option) But what i can do is be informed and try and make the best decisions i can. There are many fairtrade shops and cruelty free options one of them being hemp yarn, as i believe was mentioned earlier http://www.houseofhemp.co.uk/acatalog/Expressions_.html
that link is an example. And i hope that link is helpful( but there may be some adverse affects from using that as well, i am not sure) Anyway i really am glad for all the wonderful discussion on this post you all rock!!!!
Oh yes and last but not least in a perfect world my pc would be running off of solor energy and i would be livivng in an eco house and growing all my own food... oh one can dream and someday i may get there but until then i will try and be informed and make the best decisions i can for this world and for my family. Thanks for such a great Topic!!!!!!!!!