Organic – it’s more than a trend
Nature has its way of doing things and when we tamper with that, the results are destructive. The word organic has become so mainstream, yet many still don’t understand its true meaning and the value, especially in textiles.
Let’s not be led astray by ignorance, ignorance leads to suffering.
In today’s “self-centered” society, we tend to fixate our perceptions, our outlooks and our whole lives just focused on ourselves. We want to be in the best state possible without considering the effects of our choices on others. We want to be happy so badly and satisfy our desires that we create suffering in the process. We tend to invest our time and money only in things that benefit us directly, solely and immediately. A lot fewer people would buy organic food if the only benefit was to the environment and it had no apparent health benefits. This is because we don’t see the environment affecting us directly and individually.
We should realize that the environment is not separate from us; we are all interconnected.
We don’t just exist on our own, we co-exist. Organic simply means living in harmony with nature. When it comes to organic fabrics, it’s difficult for many to see the value. What exactly is the point of buying organic fabrics? you ask.
Let’s see. Organic fabrics eliminate suffering and exclude toxicity from the process of fabric production. They provide a sustainable way of living, save lives, nourish land, keep the air fresh and water clean. Creating a suitable environment for life to flourish. In addition, they are good for our skin.
Organic fabrics use the fiber that’s grown without the use of any toxic pesticides or chemical fertilizers. It means no harm is done to the environment or living beings in the process of organic fabric production.
In conventional farming, poisonous chemicals are sprayed, that contaminate the air, the
water, and the land. The farmers, their families, the workers and the animals come in direct contact with these harmful substances. They inhale them daily, drink polluted water and eat chemically contaminated food. Causing life threating diseases like cancer, causing deformities in newborn children and much more. Leading to lives full of despair, pain, and suffering.
With the environmental and health hazards, non-organic farming practices also lead to a mental and financial distress for the farmers. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides depletes nutrients from the soil and eventually turns the land infertile. GMO seeds are offered promising high yields and farmers see no choice but to buy them. The more they spray, the more they’ll need. Farmers must take more debt to afford these pricey seeds and chemicals to spray on their crops.The land loses its fertility and farmers end up spraying even more chemicals to bring up the yield. This cycle continues and many times it ends when the farmer ends his life. Not getting a good yield, not being able to feed his family and the pressure of paying his debt, pushes the farmer to commit suicide.
Why buy organic you ask? Organic fabrics protect the environment, eliminate the suffering of men, women, children, and animals. They prevent diseases, deformities and pain. They save the lives of farmers.
It’s time that we realize the importance of organic fabrics and understand that our choices have consequences. There was a time when products didn’t need to be certified organic, they just were organic. This was a time when poisoning our food, the environment and our bodies wasn’t a common practice. But now we must make a choice, we must only allow the practices that we support and boycott the rest. This is only possible if we are aware and conscious of where our products come from, how they’re grown, produced and manufactured.
What we allow, continues and what we don’t know, we can’t change. Educate yourself, be mindful, raise awareness and foster change.
Organic is not just a trend.
About the Author:
Yashmeen Bajwa sources and imports luxury sustainable fabrics for local designers in Canada. After realizing the harsh realities and impact that textiles have on the environment, she embarked on a journey to understand the industry completely in order to help change things. She traveled through India for 2 months, 7 states all together to learn the true meaning of sustainability and to see it first-hand on the manufacturing side. Textile trade shows, fashion shows, factories, water treatment plants, stores, villages, clusters, farmers, and artisans were all part of her research. She found fabrics like organic cotton, vegan silks, organic hemp, organic denim, organic bamboo fabrics, organic soybean fabrics, organic lotus fabrics, organic corn fabrics and other fabric blends with nettle, aloe vera, beechwood, heena, neem, and basil. She also discovered the harsh realities of the toxic wastes, chemicals, pesticides that contaminate water, pollute the air and the land, spread diseases and the unethical practices that cost lives.