Posts Tagged ‘toxic’

What our cheap clothes really mean

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The Greenpeace video below contains some pretty disturbing images, including villagers subsistence fishing near the toxic outflow of the factories making our clothes.

Because I work in textiles but on the vintage/green side, I’m painfully aware of the problem of the industry’s toxicity. The effort to find textiles that are not toxic to the environment and are not made with child or proto-slave labour often seems almost futile.

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In praise of hemp – as textile, as paper, as food source

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Seeing the above graphic on Facebook recently (source wasn’t credited) reignited my longstanding frustration over our global failure to switch (back) to hemp as a major source for textiles, paper and food. (This article is about the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. See more comments on this at bottom.)

I use hemp fabric in my textile work, but I find it far too difficult to source.

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No, you bite me, Karim Rashid.

Monday, July 6th, 2009


This is Karim Rashid’s new “Bite Me” Chair, a garish blobject in the shape of a bubblegum-pink molar. There was a pretty unanimous chorus of dislike and disapproval of this chair on the CDR (Canadian Design Resource) blog in May, and Rashid – the master of plasticky furniture that looks carelessly cheap when it’s made and then ages badly – totally deserved it.

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