First posted ~ November of 2012
Second hand or flea market shopping has been in the news a lot lately, but as folks join the movement to keep material out of landfills or reduce our eco-footprint some push buy made in the US of A others believe reusing is best. However, the idea of wearing toxic fashions let alone recycling it is a disturbing thought given what we know and at the end of the day, it always seems to go back to making that dollar dollar
There are a few who do 2ndhand because of financial issues, some wear it for personal reasons and even more are on that path toward total sustainable living, but as a whole 2nd hand, up-cycling or Eco-friendly seem like great names but being ethically stylish? I guess that means intentionally buying, wearing, devoting your dollar dollars to sustainably made only. The fact is …it is a lot tougher than folks think. Have you looked at your labels? The dictionary states that being ethical means acting in an ethical manner from an ethical point of view. Again, the fact is being “ethically stylish” is almost a mission impossible.
Before you say she needs more education don’t get me wrong because I definitely get being “ethically stylish,” “acting with intent” but when store buyers, the fashion industry and whatnot go out of their way to use cheap labor or toxic material, being ethical demands that the industry cooperate. Unfortunately, this fight is just beginning. I have bought and overpaid for a dress or two; tried buying American made only as well, but found myself buying because of the cute factor first then finding out later that it was not made in the US of A or out of sustainable material, which definitely offends the “ethically stylish “code. The fact is fashion corporations decided outsourcing was more cost effective, cheap material maybe not sustainable meant more for the money; remember when big name models, entertainment folks and designers were caught using sweatshops. I know Levis are made both in the US as well as imported, believe me 501’s are my favorite but the prices can be insane though more sustainable. I buy them.
Lately, I have to say hearing the fashion industry in all its forms, say they are selling or being more ethically stylish is frustrating. There are reports of companies and brands, which sell USA, made, but may among others in the industry possibly be using toxic materials, which made the giant move toward 100% Organic, Natural or Sustainable take several giant steps backward. We need to buy and sell local, but again, almost a mission impossible as” Made in America” is not only more expensive the labels are far and few these days , the material is often blended with stuff we cannot pronounce . The history of the fashion industry and American Made is definitely a love hate thing as designers and stars back in the day were wearing fabulous clothes rarely found on the racks, only to find out they were actually getting their clothes made by sweat shops, in some well-known and unknown countries … and sustainable; probably not.
Yes, “Made in the USA” faded out to a blank whiteboard and the NYC garment district was but a memory for quite a while. There were some great “Where and what are they doing now” shows with older “go to” fashion designers, clothiers stating the fabric just is not the same nor are the people. The opportunity to make more clothes with cheap labor & material seemed to have become addictive and the image of what was going on in those countries is not good. Fashion will always be a work in progress, but learning that unfair labor practices and or that companies are producing great looking garments, but possibly using toxic material in 2013 is sad given all that has happened to the industry over the last fifteen years or so.
Thus, making it tough to be ethical let alone wear fashion that is ethically stylish or sustainable.
I believe in reuse reclaim repurpose redecorate and reduce … which keeps most material out of landfills
FYI … this was written back in November of 2012
More shopping means more plastic … unless your State is going green
So, if you live in LA remember to BYORB …reusable bag! Because plastic is banned and paper bags will cost you .10cents. After seeing the latest move made by Governor Brown who would like to implement the ban quickly, it’s apparent the people of Cali need some recycle classes, better information and some enlightenment. As ugly, as the reusable bags are to you and the notion that Plastic bags are more convenient is possibly true, but to say that they double as garbage bags is disturbing. The environment needs help which in turn keep us healthy, a lifestyle that younger folks need to take up and a battle that will be ongoing while cities need to provide containers that help consumers sort out their garbage with little or no confusion and keeps the smell to a minimum …thanks
Poly-bags are made from petroleum, are non-biodegradable and manufacturing paper bags requires large quantities of wood. The problem and question, is whether the attempt to clean up our act state by state has a great department where folks are determined to regulate the use of these environmental killers properly, so that our next generation has a chance.
The ban or reduction of plastic bags was implemented on July 1 of 2012 in Seattle, WA. It’s now 2014 and as spring& summer time weather begins, folks start shopping. I get it, it is not lucrative to ask for reusable bags or to inform the public about the .5 to .10cent charge for each bag, but given the idea that we all should be concerned about the environment; I do expect a little more effort to push reusable bags. Some states have implemented their Ban or Reduction plans, but not much information is available about who will or is enforcing the new rules or how they are measuring the reduction rate, if at all. The struggle to clean up our environment should not be this complicated or hard and hopefully our city councils will keep at it with great zeal as the plastic’s industry has big $$ incentives to stall or stop it …
They need to think about the next generation … the Seattle City Council rules and regulations on plastic bags are below
Be a Seed for Change has a couple of great bags as well, much larger
www.bonanza.com/booths/BeaSeedforChange started in 2006
While we all watched in horror as SE Asia endured yet more storms following Haiyan …or Yolanda, we can all agree – it was definitely a catastrophic Typhoon. The number of deaths reported has reached beyond 6000, lest we even dare whisper about the number of folks missing from the Philippines or not. There are several questions to ask ourselves about climate change. I am no expert but American members of Congress need to listen to the People of the Philippines, the Marshall Islands and the Maldives, who have been screaming at us for quite some time to accept it … Climate Change is real. I know we will never ever forget about Katrina Ike, Moore, Camille or Sandy. There were plenty of storms before Sandy but it is a great example of how climate deniers are hurting us while some in Congress were making insane stupid comments and generally showing just how unqualified they were eventually deciding to fund Sandy’s recovery, though Americans gasped in horror at how any Public Servant was able to say well the amount is too much let alone vote NO when the next natural disaster is just as close as the vote or the next storm. These members of Congress debate vote, give foreign aid all the time… get a clue we are in a new phase, and the American experience called Climate Change has become a sad slap of reality. The question is, will these members of Congress, these Public Servants these Government workers who debate vote discuss challenge federal rights and promote states rights learn that a disaster like Katrina, Ike, Sandy, Haiyan or any of those in between tornadoes, hurricanes or snowstorms are telling us to pay attention NOW
A rude reminder …. and example of what could be if folks in Congress don’t accept Climate Change …
FYI: Haiti still needs Help
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Citing UN statistics, 400,000 are still homeless three years after the Haiti earthquake and for-profit companies having found their way into the game, reportedly were/are building temporary housing leaving out internal walls while one emergency after another is forcing those genuinely committed to helping to provide temporary solutions, only a tourniquet for the long term problems
Yes, Haiti experienced the worst earthquake to hit the area in more than 200 years. Entire communities, torn apart and as many as 3 million or more people directly affected, including tens of thousands of American citizens who are in Haiti.
In an article in the Miami Herald written on 1/13
“The country is becoming more and more difficult to live in,” said Simin, sitting outside a friend’s one-room home, where she sleeps on the floor with her two children. “We haven’t seen change. People have problems with food, problems with schools, and problems with housing. Once you have a problem with finding a place to sleep, you just might as well just die. There’s no living.”
In April of 2013, hurricane Sandy left a trail of destruction which started in Haiti and until the issue of housing is resolved, Shelter Box has been there providing shelter. Shelter Box not only was there when Tropical Storm Isaac struck just a couple of months before but Haiti was, and still is, recovering from the 2010 earthquake that left over two million homeless and led to a widespread outbreak of cholera and food shortages. This complex environment made it challenging for the Shelter Box Response Team (SRT) that assessed the need following Sandy.
Haitian aspirations are to have a better life not to live in tents, but with all the money being pulled back, broken promises and Haiti’s still unreformed property laws prevent the sale and transfer of government land three years later proves a whole lot a folks broke their promises
The fact is the people of Haiti are migrating to other Caribbean Islands and those who created this mess, made promises, built sub marginal housing … need to step up and fulfill their obligations. ~~ Nativegrl77
Haitians are determined
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They say the more you know the better prepared you can be … Tell that to your member of Congress !
another repost from 5/13
Is it Spring with summer right around the corner right?
The weather is kind of scary lately
Reports are that we humans have had to brace ourselves for the worst weather in approximately fifty-years, maybe more. While some folks are experiencing drought, others have hail as big as softballs or rain accumulation creating floods and least we talk about the increase of tornadoes even in states, which ordinarily had none are now experiencing funnels. Yes, the US has numerous weather disasters, but folks from other countries have been enduring Super Typhoons, numerous or epic earthquakes all result in major damage and unfortunately death.
I ask you, what republican can say climate change does not exist or that we humans are not partially at fault? All you have to do is ask your Governor if they have 19th 20th or 21st Century infrastructure in place
The Calendar says it’s spring, June 21st is the first day of summer,but we all know something just is not right. Climate Change, in my opinion is undeniable, seemingly in our faces yet republicans who control both chambers of congress manage to do a great job ignoring the issue. so ,I will talk about what to wear while the democratic party hopefully grows a pair and forces the issue possibly pass some legislation to at least push for infrastructure projects that will stand up to our 21st Century environment. I wonder, would it help if scientists became more visual, tell or suggest what kinds of infrastructure is needed to fight against 21st Century natural disasters so American lives last longer.
We need a Congress that will do the peoples work for once.
These are issues that make you scratch your head because why wouldn’t infrastructure be important to the 114thCongress …they have families too right?
We lefties out in the North West were and still have some cold moments though it is starting to warm up. While those on West Coast are boiling right now and the East Coast not only experienced the arctic vortex the snow seemed to keep on and on, suffice it to say a lot of folks lost salaries and some businesses are no longer in business but rebuilding . The snow, which did not make a substantial appearance making some counties suffer from drought while most of the northwest saw flowers blooming too early. Then the temperatures dropped, the rain and some powerful storms blew through and did some damage. Now, we have had a few days that were spring like with temperatures of 65-69 degrees even my spring magazines are bursting with Spring Colours wanting us all to wear lightweight clothes, buy short sleeves or less. I am guessing most of us are trying to layer or wear some version of thermal even if we used to hear “fashion industry experts” talk about not wearing leggings for pants, but let’s all admit it, we are still wearing leggings because they’re comfy and its cold though “the media” says we look frumpy! Some are all cotton maybe all poly or a blend but the ones that are thermal or fleece are here to stay, at least until spring actually gets here. Well, I believe in layering and out here, jeans/leggings are definitely a staple but … but sometimes they just do not look right or fit the situation. So, I am suggesting medium to heavy weight, sleeveless jumpers and sheaths, the other closet staple. We can wear them with a multitude of tops ,turtlenecks, long sleeves, short sleeves, and on top of that a great cardigan or chunky sweater … white black blues reds yellows, coral etc. … and if needed top it off with a blazer … shoot, throw a black chunky beach or what’s called a fisherman’s sweater with some boots ! We all have to get creative and prepared when the weather change is what it is. I can imagine so many diff looks and if the material is sustainable, it stands to live a long life looking great depending on what wear on top, they can be worn with sandals, pumps and stilettos too. I love the next generation of leggings and jeans because they have gone high tech and with the right shoe… fantabulous. If you have been watching, there has been an attitude adjustment on leggings these days while we battle extreme cold weather. Truth is, layering allows you to “strip” down as the temperature rise and maybe you have somewhere to go after work that needs to say “evening” not “work.
The other fashion tip that I myself have been practicing each year since or before high school is to invest in a great pair or two of jeans. Trust me when I say the only jeans you need when you “think” boyfriend” are 501’s
first posted awhile ago!