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  • Margaret

    February 11, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Sometimes those who appear to be ‘one our side’ present a message that actively hurts. 

    People like to stereotype ecoactivists as hippie/elite/out of touch.  

    I present you part of a discussion about the question as to whether we should use superwash wool. (For those who don’t craft, normal wool doesn’t do well in a washing machine. Agitation and hot water makes it felt.)

    An amazing thing happens when we also accept that some things take time and energy, such as hand-washing our FO’s. It can actually be quite a therapeutic practice. A little ritual of gratitude. A time to empty our minds of our daily worries and learn to appreciate the simpler things in life.
    So with all that said, now is as good a time as any to embark on a journey… To craft a life closer to nature, with care for our world.

    FO stands for Fibre Object. And that pretty well tells you what the problem is here. This is not a person trying to make environmentally safe/sound clothes for their family, this is someone who makes ‘objects’ to distract from daily worries. The daily worries of the typical parent is how to get all the children’s clothes washed and how to clothe them without being bankrupted. This type of environmentalism looks more like a game being played by bored upper middle class women with time on their hands than it does like a social movement responding to real needs.

  • Frank

    June 10, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    As it appears to me, someone is having a ‘zen’ experience from doing hand laundry. I wash out my French Press coffee pot after all is poured. All parts washed and dried separately. That wash water is conserved and poured into a garden watering can. And the saved grounds go into the compost bin. This action is simply mindful conservation. I do not elevate it to a ‘zen’ experience.

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