Friday, April 7, 2017

Sweatshops are Still Swearshops

Outsourcing to wash hands of responsibility while making the bulk of the profit is at the core of Fast Fashion...what progress is this?

100th anniversary of 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
By Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition - Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, CC0, 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

ReCycling Hype

Old clothes of Fast Fashion...nobody wants them!!

:Forty percent of the clothing will be baled and shipped all over the globe to be resold as is. Japan gets the second nicest vintage items after the U.S. stores, South American countries get the mid-grade stuff, Eastern European countries get the cold-weather clothes, and African countries get the low-grade stuff no one else will take. In the 1980s, secondhand clothing began flowing into African countries that had dropped their protectionist economic policies. And because it was cheaper and seen as higher quality than domestically produced clothing, it dominated the market. By 2004, 81 percent of clothing purchased in Uganda was secondhand. In 2005, according to an Oxfam report, secondhand clothing made up half of the volume of clothing imports in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, starting in the 1990s, textile industries in those African countries cratered."

Folklore Societys Anniversary Gig

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Fast Fashion Loop

A species that gobbles through its resources faster and faster, stimulated by a "system" that needs more and more participants because its supported and is the tool of a bank system that is kept afloat by creating debt  so it can feed itself on interest. And as part of the system tries to then grow..I think the mind of the system has been trapped in a loop. Despite all the tech and tools or maybe because of them- the species itself  hasn't had what it takes to dismantle its mistaken identity.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Transform Waste and All is (NOT) Well

Banksy's Classic apropos

Another sustainable article that tries to ignore the elephant in the room.

It is hard to read these facts without wanting to scream.

There is no way humans can continue to play the old game of make it, sell it, exploit the world,  grow rich.

Rich in what?

The whol;e story is a bad joke and I am thinking we can do better and must!
excerpt from aan article a friend FYI'D

"The global textile industry is valued at over $1 trillion, ranking as the second largest industry in terms of intensity of trade. Textiles are also the fastest growing sector in household waste. Discounting and low retail prices over the last two decades have led to a dramatic increase in the consumption of clothing, with a resultant rise in textile waste from the consumer. More than three million tons of textiles are thrown away each year in the EU alone.

To address this growing challenge of textile waste, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and Aalto University are participating in an EU project called Trash-2-Cash. The project brings together designers, researchers, materials suppliers and textile manufacturers from all over Europe to solve the problem by recycling and development of high-performance fibers."

from SocialEarth

I had a feeling before I read it that this article  played the "justification" tuneg. Like recycling in general,  it avoids the issue of too much stuff, too many humans and lack of diversity in the economic, resource construct!  

The smart discourse needs to take the larger picture and the details into focus at one time. This huge expansive vision is do-able if various experts got out of the safe, comfy zones and worked together to understand the complexities of what our species is facing. The old ego needs to step back, take a deep breath and leap into it's less defensive, open, vulnerable and loving side! 

If more people moved out from ideas of owner/worker,  class -I mean really -that is so made up to support its own "reality" and tunnel, linear focus this species might really prove itself incredible!

The entangled energies and possiblities that arrive in Quantum Physics, the natural cycles, evolution and diversity for healthy ecosystems that environmental sciences explore and learning how beliefs  program our lives and can be changed - this kind of knowledge, if spread more widely, would certainly help us re-imagine a world that follows heart, soul, gut wisdom and is aligned with the super reality of a living planet, uni-verse.

So let us proceed! 

So though this old hack of sensibility appears to be trying to maintain status quo utilizing  data and edited knowledge from the past, seems "normal" and comfortable it is not going to solve anything

Thank you!  I needed that.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Update on Plastic Pollution


The eco hack is finally hitting the mainstream and this is good news. The recycling  paradigm needs fine tuning as this species needs to awaken to finite planet and ecosystem connectivity that the old story  has tried to avoid.

"New studies indicate that the fibers in our clothes could be poisoning our waterways and food chain on a massive scale. Microfibers – tiny threads shed from fabric – have been found in abundance on shorelines where waste water is released."
"Breaking a plastic bottle into millions of fibrous bits of plastic might prove to be worse than doing nothing at all."

he Story of Stuff Project

This is serious.
We're gonna take it on. Join us:

 reply to a Story of Stuff campaign..

Deborah Barnes yes i hated the stuff at the get because it felt nasty to me..I am sensitized by sewing . Anyway then learned the whole plastic recycle toxic process and the bits of nano particles that get through filters... It seems the thinking that makes the mess, the thinking that a problem is a profit opportunity is part of the now global- dis-ease.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Viv Westwood , Tribute

"you can change the world, we are the people, we have to. "

Viv Westwood still going strong against the mainstream wind, pushing the tides of change. Doing right, standing tall and well still full of piss and vinegar. Strange phrase to mean "
feminine power"  but thanks to a world of domination, divide and unfounded arrogance, these thoughts float like wasps in the air of social history.

Viv for those who do not know was a punk designer who walked the fine line tween street and couture when there was a line  

Anyway being a hero for the Now Here year of 2016 takes more than words, it takes action and a New Story of who we are and what life means and why we cannot act like kids in toyland ny longer.

(I am working on that, feel free to chime in. Local activism can go beyond protest and create story that will help humans thrive in relationship to the whole life of a living sensual planet.  This is an all connected story. We know enough now to go forward with science, art and LOVE)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Trahion in Africa

Creating beauty from waste..the juxtapose of creating human want, media attention  and nature's dramatic impulse.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fan Tees


Pull quote from a recent FB post:
Allen Ensign: Monster Creep is happy to announce, short of an act of god interfering, that merchandise will have t-shirts, these are the first ever Monster Creep t-shirts, simple black with white silk-screen lettering, . . .these are the first ever, Monster Creep t-shirts, right there should make some people I know get out to this show, . . .

And my comment, with hope for the best :-) 
Deborah Barnes some segues here..Hemp folks were promoting MJ seeds (protein) alt medicine and fibers et al as a clean crop as weeds are usually prolific which is why they are called weeds!! 

When a few dots are connected,  the tee shirt fiber, production, labor issues start bubbling around and the topic of investing (aka buying). into what one wants to see "grow" in the world, has to be faced. Most tee shirts are cotton a water hungry crop rarely grown sustainably (not to mention organically) Hemp tees exist, as do ethically sourced cotton shirts I understand the marketing punch but what, who else is getting promoted, under the obvious?

And the outcome:

Allen Ensign yeah, good idea, we are just starting out here, but maybe we should get going in that direction, hemp, . .
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