The last Friday of the month means it’s time once again for one of my favorite days. A day for promoting positive news via We Are the World Blogfest. It delights me to participate as an agent of pronoia along with dozens of other ambassadors highlighting feel-good news stories for us all to celebrate.
Cohosting the project this month are: Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo. Do check out their posts, along with everyone else participating, and feel free to join us here.
Certainly part of the fun of this challenge for me is choosing monthly a story that reflects something I’m particularly interested in. Despite the apparent bias of our “mainstream” media, I don’t actually think there IS a lack of good and important and inspiring news to share – the world is filled with kind, compassionate, caring, innovative people, most often carrying on in quiet ways making significant differences that don’t get heralded. I love this monthly gathering of reports that allows us to all to celebrate and acknowledge what we find bright and beautiful in our world.
While no one by any stretch of imagination would consider me a fashionista, I do actually have a great interest in all the ways each of us have available to creatively express ourselves, and that absolutely includes how we adorn ourselves.
But there’s actually a lot to think about with regard to clothing. The fashion industry, and our support of it, has a long way to go to clean up its environmental impact, as well as the appalling human rights violations that incessant demand for cheap labor under toxic conditions demands; along with the ever-present idea that it’s somehow important to dress for ever-changing manufactured trends, rather than actually for what delights one’s heart.
Over the years I’ve become increasingly interested in natural fibers and nature dyes. I was thrilled to recently discover the innovative work of Natsai Audrey Chieza, a designer who has pioneered a system of dyeing and printing textiles using pigment producing bacteria.
Fascinating isn’t it? Did you realize how tied into fossil fuels our clothing is, and how polluting textile dyeing is? Isn’t it exciting to know there are alternatives – that we really can work in collaboration and co-creation with nature in ways that are sustainable and supportive? Kudos to those innovative wayshowers like Chieza! I hope some day I’ll find myself wearing an ethically sourced, environmentally-friendly, beautiful biotech garment patterned and colored thanks to bacteria.
I absolutely believe there are hints about who you are in what you choose to wear. What do you want to express with your adornment? Do tell – you know I love to hear.