Our planet at stake:
We at Organic Attire feel very strongly that each and every one of us needs to be conscious of our personal impact on the environment. Our beautiful home – planet Earth – is threatened by the negative effects of human activity polluting the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the environment our delicate web of life depends upon. We are living at a time when we have a small window of opportunity to repair the damage our species has wrought on this planet and try to mitigate an environmental disaster that could make life as we know it unlivable. And yet, our civilization is structured in such a way that makes it difficult sometimes to “unplug” from the system and make the changes we need to make; we want to live our lives: drive our cars, turn on power, purchase products made in less that perfect situations and so forth. So, what can we do?
Our choices and paths:
Often choices are guided by cost; however, if everyone adapted the attitude that our priority be the amount of good we do with our money, what a wonderful world it would be! We can vote with our dollars and change the world.
There are so many choices we all can make. As artists and clothing creators, we decided to use organic cotton because, even though we don’t eat it, for every article of clothing that is made from conventionally grown cotton, a third of a pound of carcinogenic chemicals is used and put into the environment. Why would anyone want to do that? In addition to protecting our environment and the people who come into contact with these toxins, it has been shown that organically grown cotton reduces the impact on climate change: https://www.fcrn.org.uk/research-library/cool-cotton-%E2%80%93-how-reduce-climate-change-impact-world%E2%80%99s-dirtiest-crop
Additionally, we can make better personal choices. We can drive vehicles that have better gas mileage or even better, electric vehicles. We can turn off lights, support industries that are “green” (check out https://www.greenamerica.org/ - Organic Attire is a certified member of Green America) and we can make better choices in the food we consume.
We know it is not a choice everyone is willing to make but eating a plant-based diet significantly reduces one’s impact on our precious environment. There are many reasons to go vegan – health and doing no harm to other sentient beings – are two reasons why many people, including Gary and I, made the decision to eat only plant-based food. Another good reason to go plant-based, is because doing so plays a big role in reducing greenhouse gases. Here is one of many articles written on the topic: https://bioneers.org/eating-plant-based-diets-can-play-huge-role-limiting-effects-climate-change-ze0z1709/. We recommend watching these films that are all available on Netflix: What the Health. Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives (also a great website with wonderful resources) and Game Changers – to name a few. All worth watching.
Will our actions and dollars heal or harm?
This is a continuing journey and there is always room for improvement. This is not about making anyone right or wrong. Rather it is about considering all the wonderful options we have and making choices that will be to the benefit of all. I would love to hear your thoughts if you care to chime in.