It has been some time since my last post, but COVID makes it feel otherwise. It's almost as if the time has come to a stand and we are stuck in some never ending loop. There is hope though, we finally have vaccines and maybe just maybe we will break out of this loop soon. So, what is happening in the world of Kalilo?
=> We have added a few new items to our yak wool collection. Check them out here
=> You have probably guessed from the title, I watched Seaspiracy recently. If you are wondering what it is, it is a documentary about the impact of the commercial fishing industry on marine biodiversity which in turn has an impact on the whole planet. It questions the idea of sustainable fishing and pours doubt over assurances provided by well known certifications in the fishing industry.
Ok, me watching a documentary might not be a really important thing in the grand scheme of things, but in micro scale, watching it has made me realize few things and made me make some changes:
- I have decided to stop eating sea-food. No more "blood shrimps" for me.
- I have come to a stark realization that the only way for fashion to be 100% sustainable would be that the fashion industry simply ceases to exist. This is in fact true for any business that engages in a producer/consumer based economy. Why? Because we can only thrive by driving consumption and that is simply not sustainable. Pushing this logic a bit and taking some inspiration from Seaspiracy, the most effective strategy would be to stop consuming fashion altogether - no demand implies no supply. And as with the fishing industry, abstaining from fashion altogether is not feasible, as many lives depend on the fashion industry and we still need clothes. So, what is the next best thing? There is no such thing as 100% sustainability, so our collective focus should be to attain "more sustainability" and not "perfect sustainability".
- Certification does not always assure quality. Let me elaborate this a bit further with an example. A t-shirt made using certified organic/sustainable cotton in a certified factory does not necessarily last long. I have plenty of experiences where garments like above lose shape after a couple of washes. One could argue that garments mentioned above are bio-degradable and can be recycled, but at what cost? Recycling is not free and you cannot recycle infinite times. This begs the big question, are these garments sustainable?
Last but not the least - keep an open mind, take a holistic approach and look beyond certification labels whenever buying a product.