The linen cotton shirt and trousers that I’ve worn for three years hang loose on my body. I especially love when they wrinkle from washing as the water drips away, and I can smell the sun on them. Since buying them I’ve known that I can never go back again.
I went to a restaurant two days ago; just when I was about to finish my second glass of the night, the waiter came over to recommend a refill, “You’ve gone so far, I suppose you don’t want to go back anymore.” It’s so cunning of him but he also read my mind right. So I went for the third drink which turned out to be the best of the night, and ended the evening happily. Sure enough, sometimes priority is necessary.
Ever since I first wore clothes made of natural materials, it has become my first priority. For example, on an incredibly hot summer day, I think about the reasons why the world is getting so much hotter.
The Organic Company from Copenhagen has a wide range of cotton products like a department store. They have cloth tea bags, bags and towels of various sizes, aprons and bathrobes, mats for meditation or yoga, etc., all made from 100% Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton. However, what impressed me the most is their guide to textile care; they are like whispers in my ears.
To begin with, they explain that compared to traditional cotton cultivation, the greenhouse gas emissions of organic cotton are reduced by up to 94%. The non-organic cotton industry is a huge source of global environmental pollution as it uses nearly 25% of the world’s insecticides and 10% of pesticides. However, percentages might not be able to give you a real glimpse of reality. The social conditions of non-organic cotton growers is poor with poverty, health problems and suicide being common, and thousands of chemicals are used every day to turn raw materials into clothes, towels, bedding and other products, to which their guide reminds us that “these items are put on our skin every day.” This is getting more specific.
They also advise you to think twice before washing, to hang your textiles in fresh air, and to wipe clean instead. They want you to think about all of these things as your habits and actions have many repercussions. The less you wash, the smaller your impact. Design and quality are important, but what is equally important is that organic farming respects the soil, the animals, and the people. After all, we all breathe and we are all alive.
“We use too much compared to what our planet can handle,” they may prattle on, just like that good friend of yours who loves to talk and is always desperate to tell you every single detail, but then you start to act a little differently. After you purchase a blanket and a bag, you get to learn where they came from and who made them, and after bringing them back home, how our actions can affect the entire world, and as it turns out that there are so many actions you can take. Shouldn’t there be change? In this unbearably hot summer, with a hazy mind I wonder……