Dark side of Clothing

This video sparks some interesting points…

Clothing is one of those everyday things that slip under the cracks. When people think of clothing it is usually about finding the best deal, what’s stylish on oneself, and heck, finding what fits best—because shopping for a well fitted slack is impossible!

Things to start thinking about: 

Right now. Grab a piece of clothing, any clothing, but make sure it has a tag. Now examine the tag and what do you see? No, this isn’t home economics.

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Key things to look at -> Material used and Where it was made.

Why does material matter? Common synthetics like polyester, acrylic, and nylon are made from synthetic materials, being cheaper and easier to produce. BUT, these synthetic materials are harmful to the Earth, to people you indirectly affect, and yourself.

Synthetic fibers are formed mainly from raw materials such as petroleum-based chemicals or petrochemicals. They can catch fire easily, are toxic when burned, non-biodegradable, can be damaged easily by heat, and add microfibers to water supplies and oceans. YES. You probably have plastic floating around in your body. Thank you chemical engineering, you are the gift that keeps on giving.

‘That dress is so vibrant and is perfect for Summer!’ Well, that dress also was made with toxic dyes, by people in poor living conditions who experience the harmful effects of chemicals used during the dying process.  Cancer, occupational asthma, allergic reactions and yet again we see another pollutant to water. 

Sweatshops, we’ve all heard this before and they have evolved. Many workers have poor working conditions, make little money, and work long hours.

‘Made in the USA’—Why is this important? First off, help support local businesses and buy locally whenever possible. But make sure they do their best and find businesses that source their material fairly and sustainably. You can even go a step further and buy your clothes from a local thrift shop—Bonus points if it is a not-for-profit! 

Thrifting is a fun activity and is like a hunt for treasure. When you find that perfect shirt, dress, or even pants, you will be so ecstatic and your brain will release some happy-inducing chemicals. Plus, you can find fun, vintage clothing and even brand name clothing that is brand new. Have fun with it!

Finally, buy quality over quantity. Make a purchase not based on the latest style, but rather for quality, sustainability, materials, necessity, and comfort. 

Make informed decisions and don’t buy something on the whim. Your conscious purchase will benefit the planet, those who live on it, and help build a sustainable future for the next generations.

Note: Rayon is also known as a synthetic fiber but made from cellulose, so it isn’t AS bad.

Good luck conscious shopper!

Your purchase counts

I just watched a video about the destructive nature of the palm oil industry.  This led me down a trail of thoughts which sparked the importance of thoughtful shopping.

When you make an informed purchase you are protecting the forests from being destroyed for palm and other crop production, consume consciously, save lives of thousands of people and animals dying due to home displacement and pollution, make healthier food choices,

Your buying habits effect peoples lives all over the world and the planet, and as sentient beings we have the responsibility to care for and sustain this planet.

If you discover there is a flaw in a product you purchase such as:

Unsustainable ingredients

Unfair trade

Unfair labor

Wasteful packaging

High carbon footprint

Over process

Cruel to animals

Toxic

Unhealthy

You should, at the least, stop purchasing that item but if you want to take another step into the right direction then notify the grocery store and then notify the business.  I typically send messages to the direct product’s customer service and let them know my thoughts.  Usually I get thoughtful responses in return describing their goals, values, considerations, or current plans. At least then it seems like my voice is being heard.

Oh, I also recommend providing positive comments for products you buy to reinforce your values and to just give them a nice ol’ pat on the back.

If you want to go for another step forward then use the tool of social media! # products you like, enform others of your values and educate people about the importance of conscious buying.  You can even go down the negative side and publically shame a business that sells a product against your values.

How do I know my values?

I try to make informed purchased by evaluating the product, avoiding specific ingredients, materials, wasteful packaging, and its benefits to my wellbeing.

I cannot express how important research and self education is to the working world around oneself and the urgency to product this planet, so it can remain sustainable.

 

Why Honey?

First off,  I do not like processed sugar, especially if sourced from cane sugar or palm sugar.

I prefer honey because it has a lower glycemic index, has more nutrients, medicinal properties, supports allergy relief, is easier to digest, and supports population growth of bees.  Honey makes a more sustainable sugar that mixes well and has subtle flavorings depending on the flower pollen collected.

Most sugars can cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and cavities.

Sugar cane is a water-intensive crop that remains in the soil all year long and impacts many environmentally sensitive regions.  Pollutes water with fertilizer and helps encourage red waves which deplete oxygen for organisms in the water.  Is a cause of deforestation in some of the world’s most threatened ecosystems.

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Many vegans do not promote the use of honey as it violates the animals’ right free from human exploitation.  Other issues include kept queens having their wings trimmed and bees harmed during routine handling of the hive.

Bees are at risk of becoming endangered, with yellow-faced bees added to the list this past year, and need our support in order to help populations thrive.

Bees and other pollinators such as flies, butterflies, and moths, transport pollen between plants to trigger fertilization of seeds.

Without this vital component of the ecosystem, we would not only lose food but oxygen.

Be sure to purchase honey from ethical beekeepers in your local area.

Your purchase of honey will help support the growth of bee populations.

Other ways to help the bee population:

Buy organic—Pesticides kill bees.  Organic produce use less harmful pesticides and natural means of pest removal.

Grow plants that help bees—Lavender, Sage, Mint, Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac to name a few.

Sources and more information about sugar cane :

WWF – Sugar Cane

WWF – Sugar Cane Farming

Deforestation Education 

Red Tide, Sugar, and the Everglades

Is honey better for you than sugar?