Recently I was asked to write an article on green fashion for a magazine in the America. I took on the assignment finding it amusing that I was being asked to tell people what they should and shouldn't wear after all no one would really call me a fashion leader or a style queen. Anyway I spent a few weeks researching green fashion and became really intrigued about how what we wear can actually change the world (If you're interested in what I wrote check the article out here on pg 42 of the New Identity Spring Issue) or if you live in SA you can pick it up in the March 2011 issue of Vision magazine.
Since then I've been trying to buy only clothes that:
1) I really need
2) Are made of material produced in South Africa (that's where I live)
3) If the material isn't made here they're sewn here
4) From materials that naturally occuring in the environment
What I've learnt from this is that:
a) Most shops in SA stock clothes that are made locally if you take the time to fish out the tags
b) It's almost impossible to find locally made trousers or shorts that are eco-friendly and budget-friendly
c) Buying green means buying less which is kind to my budget!
d) Loving others can sometimes be displayed simply by the clothes you choose to buy
It hasn't been easy to be green. I must admit that I bought a pair of "Made in China" shorts in December but it has made me think more about how what I wear affects the people around me. And I've started to connect that creating an environment where more people can live good lives is part of loving others, which ultimately is part of worshipping God.
So read the articles and let me know what you think!