Saturday, March 18, 2006

CLOTHES MILES

A small article about the clothes line. What actually happens to the clothes people donate to second hand shops? Do you all buy some or if popularity is waning is this what we want to happen to clothes. Imagine them being made in China, coming to the UK and then travelling to Africa. I am not saying that we are not being generous but think about the clothes miles these articles cover and the damage done long term to the earth. What happened to us making our own clothes, our own cloth, our own household items and then recycling them into quilts like the pioneers. Most of the household items in catalogues show exactly that, home made items to adorn our homes with. The vital ingredient missing is an emotional connection. Imagine as a child you saw your Mum in a lovely floral plrint dress and that fabric is also in the quilt she gave you on your wedding day. You will remember your Mum every time you see that quilt and so carry her awareness with you in your daily life. How do we get that from the clothes we wear today?
As on the subject of miles, how about this on food miles. Any thoughts?

2 comments:

Simplicity said...

Hello, I just came across your blog and have really enjoyed it. I live in the US and am trying to live more lightly on the earth also. I think there are a lot of us rather quietly going about reducing our footprint; we just get drowned out by the hue and cry of those not so inclined. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading more of your blogs and maybe one of these days, I'll finally get one started of my own. Florence

Katie said...

I agree - often we as a society/culture throw away clothing was too early. I find things at the second hand store that can easily be repaired with just a button, side seam repair, a patch etc. In our house we do cut up old clothes for rags, quilts, and much more...