Everyone is talking about it, especially the chemical companies and many textile manufacturing companies, who are saying that their "new" methods of recycling plastic are sustainable. Are they? Let's explore their "new" method:
As we know, plastic is made from oil, which is chiefly used for producing energy. In the mid-20th century synthetic yarns were developed to compete with and eventually push aside the natural fibers of wool, cotton, and other cellulose (plant) based fibers, which were used by people for thousands of years.
Also came plastic for everything under the sun including containers holding our food such as milk. Where does it go? Into the oceans and rivers and landfills, that's where!
Science tells us that people ingest a small amount of tiny plastic particles each day. Glass, stainless steel, and wool are also being substituted with plastic.
Do we really want plastic not only inside our bodies but also against our skin?
Let's talk about the recycling of plastic too. It is recycled into another form of plastic and then recycled into plastic again. It never seems to end, because it doesn't. Plastic is forever!
Let's talk about wool now. It is based on protein; yes, protein, that element that our bodies need to survive. As for other natural fibers such as cotton, wool, linen, flax and rayon and other cellulose based plants, all cellulose products break down and return to nature and restore the environment. Since this is so, why are we wearing plastic, which doesn't allow moisture to evaporate and doesn't break down?
Wool absorbs moisture (up to 30% of its weight!) without feeling wet. It is a natural insulator. If you are in a very cold climate, do you think that plastic is going to keep you warm? Wool will.
Rethink this sustainability stuff. My company has been dealing with sustainability for years before they invented the word sustainability and we will continue to produce nature's own wool and other cellulose fibers.
The chemical companies have tried and tried to invent a substitute for wool, but they never will because God created sheep and their wool, God has the patent on them and God isn't going to change it.
It turns out July is National lots of things month including:
National Blueberry Month
National Independent Retailers Month
National Anti-Boredom Month
National UV Safety Month
We've covered several of these in our social media posts this month including the images above (and more!), focusing on our Old Dominion Collection, 100% locally grown cotton, hand kettle-dyed by us with eco-friendly dyes!
Check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds to catch up!
Farming is a lifelong passion for Francis Chester. Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Long Island, NY as soon as he could and learned about vegetable gardening, how to milk goats, and how to care for chickens.