Hi! It’s been awhile since I’ve put out a new blog. To be honest it’s been difficult to motivate myself to come up with new material. I vacillate between “topics that sell” and real topics that I’m interested in…..Which do you prefer? Lately, I’ve been sitting at my desk and I begin to wonder…why am I doing this? At these times, often my pitbull Millie will wander over and place her head on my lap. She may grunt to get more of my attention- aka-my hand on her head… Then, suddenly I remember! The Earth needs people to be more responsible with resources…and I get back to work.
I do wish that blogging gave me more insight into what my customer wants however. It’s incredibly nerve racking placing a large order with my vendors for stock that I HOPE people will like and want to own. Especially when it is often months before you’ll be ready to wear it. Besides for the apparent inconsistency of the message of "tempering purchases of fashion" for the sake of resources, I have a drive to still look current and stylish. Call me vain. I know that need to be seen and look up to date in dress. But I also know we can be responsible and adhere to fashion principles. In that grain, I offer alternatives to shopping Amazon or random websites with single line of products.
When I first began working on One Savvy Mother I thought that it would offer more flexibility to traditional brick and mortar retailing and have lower cost to entry. I was right on both counts. I can work at 5 AM or 10 PM and I’m always open! However, what I didn’t know back then was how lonely the internet is without a direct link to feedback. I use google analytics but there is no comparison to a IP addresses that represent your computer to directly talking with your customers.
Not to say I’m just sitting here day after day feeling lonely. There are moments of excitement (that first time I had an international sale) and stress filled days when you can least afford time away from what you are already working on but overall I’m satisfied. Business builds slowly and I’m ok with that too. I know that the internet is cluttered and there are a lot of shiny objects to chase. On those days when I despair the most though, Millie saddles over with her ball and asks me to play with her. For those times I’m grateful for her presence. An office should always have a dog to get you through the hard times.
Be sure and check out our new lines of dog collars & leashes, jewelry, belts, winter woolies, & assortment of purses and handbags. And please let us know how you like them. Feedback always wanted!
Ever wonder about how your favorite clothes are made? Do you examine labels to learn the makeup of fabrics? Maybe you do this in the grocery store and don’t realize that you should be doing it for clothing and other textiles as well. Unfortunately in clothing, shoes & accessories, like food, you get what you pay for.
In earlier blogs I’ve done a deep dive in organics and I wanted to continue the education. Maybe you've heard of “tencel” but didn't really know what it was? More and more you can find bathing suits made of a lycra fiber created from recycling water bottles. I had to find out more. Wouldn’t finding ways to curb the environmental pollution caused by textile production start with finding new ways to produce fabrics that don’t require toxins and large amounts of water, and which minimize harm to the local ecology? Could recycled water bottles do that? I first had to parse out the different options.
First off, lets categorize the array of available fibers.
1) Grown naturally in Nature:
Under this category you’ll find wool, cotton, hemp, bamboo, silk. They are natural but can be found in a wide availability of quality. Some can be grown “sustainably” or grown in clear cut forests that actually denigrate the environment. For example, cotton is the most pesticide intensive crop in the world so most of the t's and jeans you wear are killing bees. The development of genetically modified cotton adds environmental problems at another level. That’s why 100% organic cotton is so effective in eliminating these issues.
Linen is made from flax plant and usually always using natural nontoxic dyes. That makes it a good choice for clothing. But ofcourse it wrinkles.
Wool on the other hand derived by animals can cause environmental damage and lead to poor treatment of animals. So what are you to choose from?
2) A human made fiber: Rayon, Nylon and polyester
Recent studies have shown that polyester, nylon and acrylic fabrics give off thousands of tiny plastic microfibers when they are washed. These fibers travel through our sewage systems and end up in the ocean where marine species can ingest them. The irony is that now we are finding that these plastics can be found in the fish that we eat – meaning we are consuming tiny bits of plastic that came from our clothing. Gross.
Also, made from petrochemicals, these synthetics are non-biodegradable, so they are inherently unsustainable on two counts.
Rayon (viscose) is another artificial fiber, made from wood pulp, which on the face of it seems more sustainable. Non sustainable practices however, such as clearing of old growth forest and/or subsistence farmers are used to make way for pulpwood plantations. Often the tree planted is eucalyptus, which draws up phenomenal amounts of water, causing problems in sensitive regions. To make rayon, the wood pulp is treated with hazardous chemicals such as caustic soda and sulphuric acid.[i]
Derivatives of Rayon are Acetate Acrylic & Lycra.
Acetate replaces silk in lower priced items. There are a lot of benefits to the end use of the garment (water resistant, wrinkle free, price) that has made it so prevalent. Acrylic replaces wool. It’s non-allergenic, dries quickly, draws moisture away from the body and is washable. Lastex developed in 1949 by DuPont Chemical and found under the brand name Lycra is weaved into many products to make them “better fitting”. Say hello to your athletic-wear funding the Koch Brothers who now own the brand. [ii] Also, after too many washing's the fiber breaks down and it is often just thrown into landfill.
Nylon is used for netting, carpets & of course hosiery and also found in bathing suits & fleece. Unfortunately, Nylon manufacture creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Essentially, making these fibers uses large amounts of water for cooling, along with lubricants which can become a source of contamination. Both processes are also very energy-hungry. Think about that when you go to buy your 10th fleece item.
3) Sustainable and Recycled fibers
Lyocell or brand name TENCEL® is a sustainably grown wood product. Because it is a proprietary fabric it is only made by one company in Germany. The company earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. Additionally, the chemicals used in Tencel are non toxic. [iii] For a fabric that has the smallest possible ecological footprint, choose brand-name or another lyocell fabric manufactured in Europe or the United States.
Fabrics found in bathing suits and winter fleece such as rayon, nylon and spandex can also be made using recycled fibers. These fibers are made from recycling plastic beverage bottles. The process is energy intensive but the finished fibers are soft and strong polyester thread that is then woven into fabric. Same fabric as before but keeping those pesky water bottles out of the landfill and oceans is a smart choice.
My research also found out that bleach and chemical dyes (used to color fabrics) are toxic using a combination of man-made dyes and dioxin-producing chlorine compounds. I had to google “dioxins” and was horrified with what I found. On the World Health Organizations website “Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer.” [iv] Turns out that dioxins don’t ever degrade and they collect in fatty tissues of animals. (That’s you and me) Ok, so even natural fibers can be tricky to navigate.
Also consider the other materials used in clothing and shoes & accessories like
Leather (with polluting tanning and dying processes, as well as intensive farming impacts and animal rights issues) and PVC – a notoriously toxic material.
Fun stuff. Ultimately, what we put on our bodies have as much as an impact as what we put in it so treat your body like the temple it is and look for those brands that use environmentally responsible and nontoxic materials and use processes & treatment of workers and animals with respect. You can count on the belts, scarves, hats, jewelry and other products at One Savvy Mother has been chosen for the lowest environmental impact. You can trust us. Shop Now
Well, we aren't actually advocating you drop Pinterest but we got your attention didn't we? This month's blog is about pairing your style with the right accessories. We've all bought something on a whim only to find that it goes with nothing in our closets. Here are 8 styles and how to get the best look from your accessories.
You're confident in simple tops & basic slacks. This is your style for work and play and you stick with low patterns, light hues & basic cuts.
Pair this style with a cuff bracelet and a trendy purse of coordinating colors.
You dress with exotic flair and you're leading the pack. The look is bold, mysterious & eye catching.
Choose accessories that have tribal or animal looks. It will give the look without all the fuss.
If your closet holds girly blouses, A-line skirts & cable sweaters you fall into the preppy style. You don't have to dress like a school girl though.
This style doesn't have to be plain. Choose pops of color & classic designs.
4. Bohemian (Boho)
This style is created with intricate patterns & exotic textures.
Choose accessories with fringe that can compete with the patterns or wear neutral that won't compete.
Good news! This style is trending for fall. So pull out your jeans & tees and pair it with a plaid shirt. Boots are optional
Don't forget the hat!
6. Girl Next Door
This look pairs classic design without the rush to be trendy. You don't go wild or exotic and the focus is on simplicity, stripes & tennis shoes.
Choose your accessories from classic designs but added flair for a little eye turning attention.
The polished and sophisticated look is a mainstay. You're an overachiever and your closet is no exception.
Pair your smart and snazzy blazers and pencil skirts with handbags as polished as you are.
This simple and modern look is not like shopping in the boys section but you won't find any lace or frills around. You're more likely to be wearing a graphic tee, straight leg loose fitting slacks and a pair of flats. Now that's how you do it girl-style.
Add a polished look with a belt.
Today, most popular clothing companies in the U.S. outsource labor. In countries like China, Bangladesh and Indonesia, labor laws are lax and work is cheaper. But this cheap labor comes at a cost: many employees work in deplorable conditions for criminally low wages, and environmental concerns are put on the back burner. Follow the project “Who Made My Clothes” to find actions that you can take to help.
Tags reading “Made in the U.S.A.” have become a rarity. But MADE IN U.S.A. speak to a manufacturing tradition founded on quality and fair working conditions. From jewelry crafted by American artisans to an eco-friendly laundry detergent made right in Brooklyn, we’re excited to carry a variety of U.S.-made products that embraces an artisanal, moral, locavore sensibility.
Katie Fuller lives in Brooklyn and much of Katie's childhood was spent outdoors and with animals. These experiences are the current of joy that run through her still. As a result her jewelry is inspired by the simplicity and perfection of nature. Long flowing strips of leather conjure up whistling winds. Her use of stones make you guess which ones they are. Because labels on the outside shouldn't make the fashion.
ReWilder Co. Totes Handcrafted in Los Angeles from Salvaged materials
“We take materials en route to the landfill and transform them into beautiful things". Talented duo of sustainable designers, Lisa Siedlecki & Jennifer Silbert use salvaged materials that focus on eye catching & sensible designs, but also ensures post industrial waste gets a new lease on life. All you have to do is carry one. See the collection
Based out of Camden, Maine, this company offers eco-friendly, toxin-free alternatives to dryer sheets. These “dryer balls” use wool to reduce drying time and soften clothes. In addition to being manufactured in the U.S., the company sources it’s wool from a historic local farm. So start cleaning up your laundry with simple changes to routine.
What inspires Barbara Colasuonno is her eye for details found in typography, nature and classic cars. All B/C Designs are created and produced by hand in Barbara¹s studio in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York studio. The result is an erotic allure that appeals to strong and confident women.
We’re crazy about cork — and so is American designer Natalie Therese. Made from cork fabric, eco-friendly faux leather and organic cotton, her bags are practical and fun, lightweight, waterproof and strong. As a lifelong seamstress, Natalie handcrafts each piece in her Massachusetts studio having fun with color & patterns. The result? Simple, one-of-a-kind bags you can feel good to carry.
On the subject of laundry, the folks at Simply Co. think it’s time to rethink the ingredients we put in our laundry detergent. Founder Lauren Singer discovered that the average detergent has a ton of chemicals — many of which haven’t been tested for safety. That’s why she created a detergent with ingredients that are, well, simple. Baking soda, washing soda, organic essential oils and organic castile soap. That’s all you really need!
Summer is the season for letting your style shine. From classic beach outfits to breezy date-night dresses, warm weather is all about easy comfort mixed with bold statements. This year, add new dimension to your favorite summertime outfits with thoughtful accessories worn in unexpected ways. Want some tips? Check out our very favorite summertime accessory ideas.
TOP IT ALL OFF
There’s something terribly glamorous about pairing a bathing suit with an over-sized sunhat or donning a cloche while wiling away the day. Don a hat and you'll feel like a 1940’s movie star vacationing in Cannes. There’s also something remarkably logical about it: keep your face in the in the shade so you don’t have to slather on SPF 50.
Given the fact that they’re practical and downright fabulous, there’s a surprising scarcity of eco friendly and stylish hats to choose from with the added benefit of being size adjustable. Bring back this trend with Florabella’s hats. Handcrafted from natural fibers, they stand up to the sun, the wind and will last year from one year to the next. See hat products here
KISS: KEEP IT SIMPLE SUMMER
When it comes to summer jewelry, we’re all about pieces that will make you feel like a goddess. And this year, the goddess we’re envisioning has embraced the minimalism trend. She wears a simple dress with a single, statement-making piece. Like this repurposed leather fringe necklace by Palomino. When it comes to luxurious, sustainable fashion, less is definitely more so you might choose Italian inspired designs by B/C Designs.
Browse jewelry collection here
STAY CLOSE TO NATURE
We hope you get to spend some time in a natural area this summer. For those instances when you can’t escape, bring nature to you with accessories that showcase natural materials.
French scarf maker, Letol uses only organic cotton and designs inspired by the colors of the sea, floral delights and natural shapes. All of the Letol scarves are designed and woven in an artisanal and unique atelier in the South of France, made with 100% organic cotton and washed with a famous soap made of olive oil, called "Savon de Marseille". This makes the scarves ultra-soft. These boho chic, organic scarves are a highly desirable fashion trend in the US and Europe.
GRAB & GO BACKPACK
Are you the type that needs her hands free? Nothing says active-meets-chic like an easy - to -wear sling. Don't get bogged down in your sunscreen instead jump out with a stylish bag that holds only a few items.
At One Savvy Mother we work hard to provide some variety. Choose from upcycled "beer cloth" or the bohemian leather with government tent material (saved from the landfill) This little guy will take you everywhere, from a hike through nature to a walk in the city. And the best part is the look. Shop the look here
Singing in the Rain
As much as we may not like a rainy day in summer it is important for the birds, plants & trees. So for those necessary wet days don't forget cork rain hat. Choose from two styles:
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Happy Summer ! xxoo Lara
Our favorite alternative to leather is cork handbags. With nature-inspired details and functional designs, these pieces were made with sustainable methods and materials that you can truly feel good about.
The Material: Cork
The high-quality cork fabric is made from the shavings of Cork Oak trees. Cork can be harvested every nine years without harming the trees. This makes cork a renewable, biodegradable and altogether sustainable material. What’s more, cork oak trees grow naturally without the use of any pesticides, watering or pruning. By buying cork you are supporting the continued value of these old growth forests.
The shavings are then made into a fabric by compressing a thick slice of cork with a natural fabric like cotton. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, it’s extremely durable, waterproof, stain resistant and easy to clean. Portugal is the number one producer of cork, as Cork Oak trees are native to the region.
The Production: Artisanal and Innovative
One Savvy Mother believes its brands should go the extra mile for the sake of the environment. That’s why the sourcing of cork is not the only material that makes the products sustainable. Other materials used are organic cotton, kelp-based “leather alternative” and leather. There is also an emphasis on facilities where all employees are treated fairly.
Not only are the workers paid a fair wage but with attention to detail and expertise of the artisans that we work with most of the production is handmade. Using methods that ensure that craftsmanship is learned and repeated we are dedicating the future to sustainable methods.
Functionality Inspired by Nature
What drives inspiration? Given that cork is the basis of the products, brands get inspired by nature and the fields of cork trees seen throughout the Mediterranean countries. Nothing short of the beauty of Mother Nature can be seen in all the designs. But don’t expect perfection; natural flaws are what make cork so beautiful.
Another design goal? Creating products that are truly useful. And then adding a dose of style. Handbags are lightweight, full of pockets, and the natural look of cork is so stylish.
Shop all Cork Bags (link)
By now you've heard of capsule wardrobe. Bloggers, fashionistas and sustainability-lovers are going crazy over small, curated closets that are rotated seasonably. The idea of it is to pare down your wardrobe to a designated number of mix and match items. Every season, you can purchase a few high-quality pieces to incorporate into your rotation.
There are quite a few tips out there on which shirts, jeans and booties to incorporate into each season’s wardrobe, but how does the wannabee-capsuler incorporate accessories?
Some sources say that when it comes to a capsule wardrobe, jewelry, bags, hats and scarves should be limited. Others argue that changing up your accessories is essential to adding excitement to go-to styles. The choice is really up to you, but here are a few things to consider.
If you are going to limit your accessories….
Caroline Rector, the blogger behind un-fancy, is a huge advocate “the rule of three” when it comes to her capsule wardrobe. What is “the rule of three,” you may ask?
Let’s say you decide to limit your jewelry to three of each kind of accessories: three necklaces, three bracelets, three hats/scarves. Of the three necklaces you own, one could be a statement-making piece, one a simple piece and one is something in between.
For example, imagine how these three ethically-made necklaces could be incorporated into a capsule wardrobe:
If you aren’t going to limit your accessories…
You should still clean out cheap accessories that you’re not 100% crazy about. Capsule wardrobes are all about only wearing high-quality pieces that you’ll love. You want thoughtful pieces with stories behind them – not some trendy costume jewelry you bought on a whim.
Adding something new…
With capsule wardrobes, you’re only buying a few pieces every season. These pieces should be wardrobe-changing essentials that you’ve thought long and hard about. Accessories are the perfect item to update for multiple reasons: a single accessory can transform any outfit, it won’t add much bulk to your closet and it’ll take you into new seasons. After all, who doesn’t want to rotate between bold summertime necklaces and cozy winter scarves?
Of course, capsule wardrobes are much better for the environment than overstuffed closets. To make your wardrobe as green as possible, make sure that any accessories or garments you incorporate are sustainably sourced.
I got to thinking about why purses, handbags, clutches, totes, etc. were so diverse and how each one serves different purposes. How did fabric, leather & metal come together so we could move around better? When did this happen? What I wanted to know was how it all developed. When did our appetite to carry all our stuff in a handsome carryall begin?
Here’s a brief history. It’s simple really. Ever since men began needing to carry coins there has been bags & purses. Originally worn from the belt they provided a means for carrying personal items. In the early 1700’s people began sewing pockets into trousers and ever since then the purse has been a women’s domain.
From the 1700’s up until the 20th century women continued using bags made of metal hung from the waist. They were small and didn’t hold much. Even for traveling, women’s bags were often heavy and ill suited. In the 20th century the handbag was born. Until women began doing their own shopping, carrying items that were formally done by servants did the supply and demand meet up. Of course it was a woman who picked up on the early shifts in need.
Coco Chanel was credited as the marketer of the handbag. Her first designs called 2.55 (flap bag) out in 1929 was one of the first to market. It was designed to free up hands by adding a shoulder strap, inspired by the straps found on a soldier’s bag. The major luggage manufacturers followed with Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior all launching handbags in the ‘40s and ‘50s.
As women worked, owned their own property and took on more and more responsibility, the uses and designs of handbags grew. We now have satchel, sling, tote, backpacks, duffel, baguettes, miniaudiere, bowling, buckets, doctors, hobos, messengers, saddle & envelopes to name just a few.
Originally bags were made from metal and as they grew larger, fabric and leather was used. Now a days we use cork, vegan leather, leather, fabric, metals and upcycled materials such as ReWilder's beer cloth.
So next time you want to buy a new handbag, think about the need because there is a bag for you and you can put it down to a celebration of equality. And we can never have too much of that!
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environment protection since 1970.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In 1970, Gaylord Nelson, (a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin), built a national staff of 85 to promote environmental events across the land.
- The first Earth Day was held on April 22,1970 when, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.
- In 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.
- Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
WAYTS TO GET INVOLVED
- 1. March for science in National Hall, Washington DC, April 22, 8 am.
The day’s program will include speeches and training's with scientists and civic organizers, musical performances, and a march through the streets of Washington, D.C. as well as 514 Satellite Marches in many other cities across the U.S.
- 2. Things to do around your neighborhood
- Plant a tree
- Clean up a local park
- Educate people about environment protections
- Talk to your representatives about environment protections
- Buy green and sustainable apparel, food & household goods
- Read your labels
- Take a tech break, unplug and smell the roses instead
- Turn off your lights
- Go vegetarian or eat less meat
3. In Boston, MA Join One Savvy Mother on April 24, 2017
Earth Day & Fashion Revolution actions: Join us as we celebrate the efforts of #ecofashion community and beyond. (LINK TO RSVP & more information.
Sign a postcard that asks your representatives to give environmental and fair working conditions a voice. The postcards are preprinted and you just need to add your signature and address. We will send them to your representatives seeking equitable pay & fair working conditions for garment workers in the U.S. & abroad.
This post was written by Ningjing Lui, Student at Babson College, Wellesley, MA
What does the word “fabric” actually mean?
Thanks to the cotton industry’s marketing campaign, the word “fabric” conjures up our past & present lives – and clothes, curtains, carpets, upholstery, and more. We use the word in many ways. It’s the “fabric of social life” or the clothes we wear or the “fabric of the universe”. It’s the past that’s woven into into history. We wear it, sleep on it, sit on it, drive on it. Gloves made from fabric protect us from thorns and dirt and cold. In fact, we use “fabric” so often it’s become ubiquitous.
Thankfully there are different fabric compositions, known as cottons, polyesters & other synthetics, wools, silks, and vegetable fabrics such as hemp, jute & flax. Ultimately thought it is the stuff that covers us, protects us, becomes our past present and future but I ask now: What is it, really? How does it become a shirt or glove or hat or something from the past that cannot be rewoven?
The glossy beginning is easy to understand. Fabric starts like most things on earth: There are the seeds that grow into plants. Next, the plant creates a fiber. It’s the cycle of life, beautiful and natural. But, in cases of fabrics like Modal, a “seed” is made from vinyl acetate and methyl acrylate – these are also precursors to PVC pipes. Modal plants are “grown” in chemical plants (that can explode) in Texas or run without any environmental protection in China. In either case, once the plant is grown, we rip the stalk and process the fibers until we can spin it into yarn, knit or weave the yarn into fabric, and wind on machines until there is enough fabric to complete a bolt. We’ve gone from a seed (real or synthetic) to a processed bolt of fabric, which has been created for easy next steps in the process: transportation, measured for cutting & ultimately sold.
Wait, but isn’t the purpose of this writing to weave a modern day yarn into an impactful and meaningful fabric lesson for our lives and in so doing explore messages of modern day fashion? So, let’s get back to it.
Fabric has been used and written about in such great books as Dante’s “The Divine Comedy”. Also, Leo Tolstoy spoke of it. Poets especially like the term for its vivid imagery. The British poet Wilfred Wilson Gibson lived at the crossroads of the 19th and 20th century. He wrote, “Come, for the House of Hope is built on sand bring wine, for the fabric of life is as weak as the wind.“ Is he referring to fabric as a tapestry made from the wind? Which wind is he referring to? A weak light breeze off the water in summer? What kind of material looks like weak wind? Could you imagine a winter coat made out of a fabric described as weak wind?
~~~Buy the warmest winter coats available because they are made from Modal, a fabric that will protect your body from the elements of wind, wet & cold. But Modal is a synthetic fabric made from the seeds of chemical plants in Texas. Against your skin it will feel like a toxic fabric that is as weak as the wind. ~~~~~~
Would we all be happy if all our clothes, all the time, were the delicate color of eggshell? I’ll just have to say it – too vanilla – too boring for this world. Where would New Yorkers get their clothes if everything was white? Fabrics have to be drowned in dyes, which require more chemicals, processing, water, people, resources transport & waste to produce. Remember, we don’t want to live in a vanilla world of fashion. Where would Versace be without color?
Turns out there is a lot of waste in our weaving of fabric into life’s history. The biggest culprits that come to mind: Water - CO2 -Toxic chemicals – not to mention good old fashioned landfill waste. There’s so much of it that it’s a topic for another time. Just know that it is in 100,000’s of metric tons, millions & billions of tons of all of the waste.
“The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven,” claims author Orson Scott Card on fabric in his book Xenocide. What is he alluding to? Perhaps he means that you can’t rewrite history and the future is limitless. But I interpret his words to mean that cotton is grown from a seed that needs 400 gallons of water to grow, it takes tremendous resources to create enough cotton to make a t-shirt, none of which can be returned to the earth. Not the water, energy or t-shirt itself. As we look to the future, we should be thinking about our use of resources – that can’t be rewoven. Fabric can be but by switching from industrial growing practices vs. growing organically we can “reweave” the story. Organic cotton takes the same amount of water to grow as non-organic but it doesn’t use all the bee killing fertilizer & GMO properties used by BIG AG.
All of this “processing” of fabric in poetry and everyday fabric is giving me whiplash. Let’s bring it back to looking at the fabric of our life.
Fabric is bold like tapestry. Flimsy like gauze. As strong and beautiful as silk. People use it for power. We protect ourselves with it. We hide ourselves with it. We make statements with it. Famous writers use it to describe our past and our future as a way to describe time moving.Ultimately, it is the substance that covers and defines us. How we choose to wear it, to blanket our world and reuse what we already have will weave a future of weak wind, unless we consider both the origin and life cycle of all the fabrics in our lives. What's in your closet?
Ok…where was I?