Caring for Creation

During Creationtide 2018 at St Mary's the emphasis was on how fragile the earth has been in the last decades. Due to several polluters such as Fossil Fuels (CO2), Fashion, Transport, Agriculture, Deforestation, Chemical Fertilizers, Pesticides etc.

But Fashion as a high polluter, how is this possible?

Manufacturing in India, China, Indonesia, and Philippines etc has made textiles extremely cheap. But at a drastic impact on water, social health rivers and fields have become contaminated with heavy metals. Such as mercury, lead, copper, arsenic.

For example, a pair of jeans made of cotton is a natural product therefore it should be good for the environment! But it takes 9,500 litres of water to produce one pair of jeans, because it needs a lot of water as a crop and in manufacturing, plus chemicals.

Aral seaThe Aral sea in 1989 (left) and in 2014 (right).

Due to the fact that Turkey has diverted a river for its cotton crop, the Aral Sea has become a desert.
The cost to the local population is dire, since they are no longer able to live by fishing they are now in poverty with multiple health problems caused partly by pesticides in the sand.

This pollution is not sustainable so how can we help?

  1. Make our jeans last much longer.
  2. Wash them less frequently (did you know putting your jeans in the freezer overnight,  will kill bacteria).
  3. Buy better quality jeans, they last longer. Levi’s if possible as they trying to manufacture in a more responsible way.

These last decades clothing has become very inexpensive for us. The result is that countries are creating an environmental disaster. Too High a price for cheap clothing!

Caring for Creation

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