LETS TALK ABOUT CONSUMERISM.
Our clothing is a silent message of who we are. It is our second skin and projection of our personalities.
Most clothing used in the US are produced in markets where wages are very low as China, Bangladesh, and India when employees make the average of $ 2 dollars a day, sometimes for 11 hours.
As more affordable fashion is, increase the impression of being dischargeable., cheap enough we don’t think much to throw it away and purchase again, in a constant circle or buying –discharging.
Do you know where your clothes come from? It is a subject I have been thinking about for a while.
Normally we don’t think where it comes from, who made it and in which circumstances.
The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
I remember once reading about a girl who brought a dress and inside the package it had a small piece of paper where someone asked for help and how abused she was at the factory in China which produced that piece.
The documentary invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.
When our mothers were our age, they couldn’t easily afford to buy a dozen shirts on one shopping trip. The prices were more expensive and well made. Could you imagine passing down your H&M dress to your great granddaughter? You’d be lucky if it lasted beyond one season.
In the past, getting a new dress was an event. We would eye an item at the store, dream about it, work hard for it and when we finally got the prize package in your hand, it was a real treat. We would take care of it and wear it on special occasions. Today, we can purchase six affordable pretty dresses with one click online.
I have a deep respect for the young ladies, at the sweatshops in China, India, and Bangladesh, which lives are very hard, making the clothes we wear.
I remind myself that cheap fashion might be friendly on the wallet but harmful for humanity.
We are just consuming and adding without thinking of the consequences. Only 10 percent of donated clothes get recycled or up-cycled, and thrift stores can’t sell a lot of the garments that come in, so they end up in a landfill.
Since it takes 200 years to break down textile, the clothes just sit there releasing harmful fumes into the atmosphere for centuries.
Nowadays most of my clothes are recycled or upcycled. I love to sew and I make many of my dresses and t-shirts.
My Paradise, our Lodge is a wonderful place for my vegetarian, simple, natural lifestyle. I feel blessed to walk at this Path!