The makers of the landmark short film Story of Stuff now bring us The Story of Microfibers. This film takes a look at the lifecycle of synthetic fabrics like polyester.
“Our dress shirts, yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are all increasingly made of synthetic materials — plastic, in fact. But these synthetic fabrics, from which 60% of all clothing on earth is made, have a big hidden problem: when they’re washed, they release tiny plastic bits — called microfibers — that flow down our drains, through water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans by the billions.”
I’ve been through a lot of changes since I last updated this blog regularly. I’ve wanted to restart this and to be consistent because I think that’s what you and this project deserves but I’ve also struggled with where to start. So I think I’ll start with where I am and have been most recently. It’s fitting to me that my first post this year be about the loss of my fellow artist and online friend Ennis Newman perhaps better known as Avenging Wind/Fathom 9. Continue reading →
It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I am sorry about that but I think it’s something that needed to happen. Since my father died last year it has become a priority for me to practice some self-care. I admit that’s not my strong point. Rushing around to be on time for appointments, taking care of others and things more than I take care of myself, and dealing with the weight of my new reality have led me to injury.
I sprained my ankle and injured the other in a bad fall a week ago. Pushing myself has made things worse and I’m now forced to, not just slow down, but stop completely in many ways.
Suddenly I need to reassess my surroundings more. I’m having to ask myself questions like if I can’t walk are the things around me the things I actually need the most? If not why the hell do I have all this other stuff instead? How could I have put off so many things that I now need done and cannot do? What is the balance I need to it that this never happens again? Have I cultivated relationships that include and allow people that will literally help me when I have fallen?
These are questions of environment on a more personal level that also include myself and my own inner world. I’m going to need more time than I knew to get things in order to run this site the way it needs to be run so it can be the true asset to you and I that I know it can be.
I’ll still be around on the SFSG Facebook Page for now even though pay to promote is abhorrent. And SoFresh will get our Tumblr and our Pinterest up and running at some point. Getting information that empowers you to be more green out to you is still important to me, but for now, on this, World Water Day, SoFresh is on officially hiatus.
As we discussed in Welcome Back To So Fresh and So Green! we need to know what you want to see from So Fresh And So Green this year. We’re looking to serve you but we need to know the best way to do that so let us know what you want to know more about.
Do you want more music on the site with unapologetic critiques?
Do you want more DIY and “How To” posts that can save you money and carbon?
Do you want to know more about what’s in your food?
Who would you like us to interview?
In the beautifully shot “As I Am” South Memphis youth Chris Dean shows us his himself and environment. When we write about the environment here we don’t mean lush green open fields and we don’t just mean this spinning blue marble we all live on. We also mean our neighborhoods and ourselves. Continue reading →