Diary #014 – Clothing Resolution Update part 9

Page 2, and there is just one more to go. It will update when the day ticks over.

- Rebecca Clements


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I am one of the people who feel discomforting looking at a monologue-pretend-dialog-with-a-wall comic. I prefer when you are talking to us, the readers.


And I’m a reader who thought this dialog was lovely, the cat’s musings were adorable. I like it more like this than before, when you spoke to us!

I like the bit where you are a rocket. I like rockets.
Excuse my commenting out of sequence but you are making comics TOO fast (never thought I’d say that!)
You just got to balance things. The current infrastructure makes it next to impossible to lead a “sustainable” life, but then it depends on what you mean by sustainable. Cottons not on the extinction list, you can make tights from that right? You can buy it fairtrade… and I’m pretty sure the bamboo is just as intensively farmed as cotton?

That’s just it, it’s about just doing what you can, and keeping on doing better. Keeping on questioning. Keeping on trying. Not -being- “perfect”, but just constantly heading for better systems.

Because there are SO many factors involved in everything, it’s hard to just say, “Bamboo gets a 7 out of 10, cotton gets a 3 out of 10, organic cotton gets a 5 out of 10″, etc. There are all kinds of different ways to process bamboo and those ways can make a huge difference to how sustainable the final product is.

For certain, and this applies to all things, be it organic cotton, fair trade things or organic food, the particulars of how something is made or how easy it is to get certification can mean that the product is really not all that green at all. When I see 5 “organic mushrooms” for sale in a supermarket covered in plastic and sitting on a styrofoam plate, well… you know.

But overall, what I do know is that bamboo, at the very least, has the potential to be a GREAT crop/fabric. All of the positives of bamboo are pretty staggering. We do have to try to farm it well and process it well, which lots of people are doing already of course, but it’s got great potential. And from what I’ve read, the potential of hemp products seems to be even greater.

Ultimately, I would rather see bamboo and hemp fabrics supported over cotton. Organic cotton is a big step up from cotton, and deserves to be supported as well, though from what I understand, still uses by nature huge amounts of water and involves a lot of clear-cutting.

And of course, getting things that are produced locally, or just reusing fabric that already exists is even greener.

It’s all about degrees.

As long as we all keep trying and learning and discussing things, and always trying to do what we personally are in good positions to do, I think the differences will be staggering. :)

I think the most important thing is to show the potential of things, to get the knowledge out there and to show people better systems absolutely can exist and that we all have the power to start creating them, even with our small purchases (im fact, especially with them in most cases), and that we’re all much happier and better off when we start heading in these directions.

Bit long!

I like rockets too.

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