What’s the problem

We’re back again once more with a very short discussion on natural fibres! Another important discussion around the foundations of sustainable and ethical and healthy fashion. We here at Trusted Clothes work on these issues and consider them of the utmost importance.

Natural fibres are more important than many other things. They incorporate networks of people and ideas in blogs and fashion clothing lines. Ide’s to do with global warming and climate change, sustainability, pollution of the environment, plastics, synthetic fibre industries including especially polyester, and many things that are not necessarily on the forefront of concern, and possibly those not even discovered to date.

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The basic distinction in natural fibres is between plant and animal fibres. Plant fibres have cellulose and can decompose. Animal fibres have amino acids for proteins and can decompose. One of the best ways to decompose is hot composting. However, one of the other ways to decompose, a standard way, is through cold composting. Composting is dumping stuff into a pile with other rotting things like fruit and vegetable peels and the stuff will, in general, if not synthetic, decompose and can make for a pretty good fertilizer. 

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There can be some additional help for the decomposition with a general purpose red wiggler worms. They’ve helped for millions of years. Why not some more now? Synthetic fibres or man-made fibres cannot decompose and they are in fact the problem for the environment, for climate change and global warming. Their lifecycle is only a one-way arrow and not an actual cycle. Not even that little critter can help. Sorry little buddy!

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So I want to talk a little bit about what the nature of the problem is. The problem is that healthy and sustainable ethical fashion does require a focus on the natural fibres. Natural fibres are pretty much the only way that we do have and know about in terms of creating the cycle of the Earth’s fibres. 

Fibres that can be taken from the earth, manufactured and made into fashion, and then put back into the earth – or what is put back into the earth becomes the fertilizer based on the decomposition of the original biological material

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The fibres can then be utilized for further growth of crops that can be used for fibres. The nature of the problem is many, many fold. It is a multi-headed beast, but we can work our way through it. So, what can we do? 

 We can change our consumption patterns. We can change the things that we grow. We can change the things that we wear. We can change the things we consider fashionable. We can adapt our current consumption patterns to a more sustainable cycle. We can coordinate with indigenous cultures that happen to use natural fibres rather than larger conglomerates and corporations that happen to use the synthetic or man-made fibres that do not decompose and pollute the environment, that contributes to one of the most devastating environmental challenges overtime for the 21st-century known as climate change/global warming.

This is noted by the international community, many national communities and societies, groups and associations and organizations, and individuals with equal perspective and concern not only for themselves, but also for the subsequent generations coming before our children and our children’s children. If we do want an sustainable future, and to keep ethical bounds of with respect to our life-support system known as the environment, then we will need to have a radical shift in terms of how it relates to the environment as a whole.

As with everything written, I could be wrong, incredibly wrong – think for yourself and come to your own conclusions. I’m human. I’m a writer. I have biases, fallibilities, and quirks – even some funny ones. My words aren’t gold, nor are they a calf.


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Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping and gardening, and runs In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal.

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