"Human beings should not try to dominate nature through chemistry, in the name of progress." Rachel Carson, from her book "Silent Spring", 1962.
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On our first show we gave a brief of what our show is going to be like. We spoke about the meaning of sustainable fashion, the origin of the ecological movement and we also spoke about the UN Sustainable Development Goals which will be the base for everything sustainable we speak about.
One of the achievements of consumerism has been the creation of a sector that moves billions of dollars a year and that, in addition to attracting the consumer without often knowing the consequences of their actions, is having devastating effects on the environment and on a very important part of the societies of the productive countries. In contrast to this unsustainable and unethical paradigm, an updated model called sustainable fashion, has also resurfaced.
Sustainable fashion, slow fashion or eco fashion is a growing philosophy with the goal of creating a system that can be supported indefinitely in terms of the human impact on the environment and social responsibility.
Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 - April 14, 1964) American biologist, writer and conservationist whose book "Silent Spring" and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist at the US Office of Fisheries. She became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. The success she had with the sales of her book in 1951, The Sea Around Us, earned her the US National Book Award. UU., Recognition that gave her great prestige as a writer. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also on the Bestsellers list. This marine trilogy explores all ocean life from the coast to the depths.
In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, specifically to some problems she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was the book Silent Spring (1962), which brought to light the environmental concerns at unprecedented levels of the American people. Although Silent Spring received fierce opposition from chemical companies, it stimulated a change in the national pesticide policy.
The work and testimony of Rachel Carson was what helped the creation, years after her death, of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, control in the use of DDT and other pesticides, to the celebration of Earth Day, to the laws that were issued in many countries on pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides and similar products and the development of the philosophical and political movement that today is known as environmentalism.
Carson was awarded posthumously with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter.
"Human beings should not try to dominate nature through chemistry, in the name of progress." Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson in her book Silent Spring and since 1962 is already talking about the danger that bees run as a result of pesticides. Bees have a vital role in environmental processes, they are indispensable for the pollination of plants. Pollination is the exchange of pollen between flowers and its main reason is to achieve the reproduction of any type of seed and fruit, a fundamental process for the maintenance of life on earth.
At least 70 of the 100 products we eat, are dependent on the work of the bees and the function they fulfill.
We also spoke about Jane Fonda and Joaquin Phoenix reusing their clothes as a way to raise awareness about the polluting fashion industry.
And the 40,000 feathers JLO used at the Super Bowl which Versace claims were sourced ethically.
"Finding and collecting feathers that have fallen from birds in nature sounds good, but it is not a viable business model to provide designers with the volume of feathers they demand," says Yvonne Taylor, General Manager of Corporate Projects at PETA in the United Kingdom.
"PETA discovered that every time parts of animals are used in the fashion industry, corners are cut and abuse is common."
THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS NOT THE SECOND MOST POLLUTING GLOBALLY.
Here's where that statement came from:
Dr. Linda Greer is a former senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and now a world member at the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, a Chinese environmental NGO.
She believes that she could be inadvertently responsible for one of the most persistent negative facts about the fashion industry. Years ago, she examined the sources of water pollution in the only province of China that had good government data, the highly industrialized Jiangsu, and discovered that the textile industry was the second most polluting after the chemical industry in that particular province. Hence, she founded the Clean by Design program of the NRDC, which helped increase water and energy efficiency in Chinese textile factories, partly based on this transparent reverse calculation.
At some point in the next decade, the belief that globally, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after oil took off, much to her horror. (It continued to circulate even after I debunked it for Racked in 2017.) And better data has never emerged. “Somebody by now should have gone ahead and figured out what’s really true,” she says.