Mountains of Clothing Waste

Living in Canada, you may be familiar with the CBC show Marketplace. Marketplace investigates wrongdoings in the marketplace, much like a consumer watchdog. There’s an eye opening episode entitled “Clothing Waste”, episode 14 of season 45. This show investigates the clothing recycling programs at fast fashion chains, and reveals that their marketing may not live…

Respect and Acknowledge the Designer’s Work

Take a look at this short video by BBC; an interview with four UK designers discussing how other brands have copied their work, and in most cases, selling exact knock-offs. The clincher is these brands sell the copies as their original designs. With the explosion of the internet came the belief that content on line…

Why I Don’t Use Fabric Softeners

There’s a commercial on television that is one of those marketing faux pas, having very little truth to it. It goes something like “When your V-neck looks more like a U-neck, you know your T is half-washed…..Downy will prevent stretching….” Well, I lose it because you can’t reverse damage, aka stretched fabric, and what does…

The Buyerarchy of Needs – A Better Approach to Always Buying New

If you’ve ever taken a beginner psychology course, you probably are familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. At the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy is the largest, most fundamental of human needs. These are the basic needs that must be met before an individual desires, or can achieve the highest level of needs. Going beyond the…

The Need to Make Things With Our Hands

During a recent vacation to London, I purchased a new book entitled Craftfulness by Rosemary Davidson and Arzu Tahsin. It’s a timely work and supports what I believe about the pursuit of crafting and its relationship to creativity. Creativity is in all of us; and by discovering what this might be (if you haven’t already),…

Sustainable Fashion Guide

The fashion industry is reported to be one of the most polluting industries. It’s a disturbing fact, but we can still enjoy fashion while doing our part to help clean up this industry. A good place to start is with your garment shopping habits. Here are four easy changes you can make now to reduce…

Moving From Amateur to Professional Knitter

You may or may not think of knitting as a creative outlet. For me it is. Knitting is the part of me that brings meaning, challenge and joy to my life. Creativity is in all of us. A result of being in what is called “creative flow” is professionalism; becoming really good at what you…

Knitting is a Form of Meditation

Medknitation Anyone!   In the latest issue of Knitscene Fall 2018 is a brief editorial entitled “Medknitation”. I chuckled to hear this, not because it’s silly but because knitting is a mindful activity or one form of meditation. Meditation and mindfulness are practices gaining much attention, for their health benefits. I have been happily knitting…

The Alarming Practice of Destroying Unsold Fashion Goods

Recently, I was enlightened, or rather shocked to find out that unsold luxury and high-end designer goods, and even less expensive goods are burned, or destroyed and tossed into landfills. Chanel and Louis Vuitton are two of many companies cited as burning unsold merchandise. I must admit I hadn’t put thought to what happens to…

A Sustainable Option – The Thrift Shop

Following the sustainability theme of my post Polyester Rant II, I came across Shift to Thrift by Fashion Revolution, a discussion on how to thrift shop and reach the goals of quality, versatility, and sustainable clothing purchases. In my post, I neglected to mention this option of buying quality fashion in thrift stores. Quality and…