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The toxins and the non-toxins

Dear reader, how do you destinguish? I try my best to use the  precautionary principle:

[…]  if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an act.

It does not go as far as forbidding any new action or policy just because all consequences cannot be known in advance-to do so would be so reductionist as to render it irrelevant.

From Wikipedia.

www.simplenaturalsolutions.com - 800-475-3410I agree on the last phrase stating that FORBIDDING new chemicals and products is not a good idea (on a policy level). That said I strongly advice you to be very careful when you buy things and the best thing to do in most cases is to go for raw materials that you can trust (locally (go ahead and verify for yourself!) ecologically produced materials). This way you can then learn to craft what you need and then you know exactly what has been applied. I have done this myself to create a duvet to my child and it was marvellous as a fed-up-super-consumer to create something from scratch.

The links below could maybee help you reduce the number of toxins in your surrounding:

Sewing is a good social activity

Sewing is a creative activity for all ages, boys as well as girls.

via Sew-together.co.uk

Sewing together has a lot of benefits: you learn directly from others, you get the ability to organize into activist movements, a lot of (hand) sewing can be done on the side while talking with others, you get to create what YOU want and not what somebody else want you to buy, you get the ability to STOP SHOPPING as you learn more and more without running around naked.

Stopping the shopping // Norway

Participants of the Sewing Rebellion are invited to emancipate themselves from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories! Hosted by Frau Fiber, textile worker and activist. Frau Fiber distributes her knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes. source

Rereading the above made me look around the internet to see if other have stopped shopping.

In Norway the journalist and writer Irina Lee has stopped shopping for a year and is quoted saying:

Jeg er et lettere, lykkeligere og rikere menneske i dag, enn jeg var for ett år siden. Alt takket være Stop shop, forklarer Lee. (I am a lighter, happier and more rich today than i was one year ago. This is thanks to “Stop shop”, Lee explains.) source, my translation.

Lee has started a group on Facebook to encourage and help people stopping the shopping. The group had over 800 members in january 2013.

Also Jenny Skavlan, a norwegian fashion blogger, who joined the “Stop shop”-wave reports increasing creativity after joining. Skavlan has written a list with 5 tips (in norwegian) to people who “stop shop”:

  1. Mend your clothes
  2. Clean your clothes more gently (and perhaps more seldom)
  3. Decorate with perls and the like
  4. Sew with thick garnments that does not fray (leather, and the like)
  5. Borrow clothes from family and friends

More norwegians blogging about their “stop shop” 2013.

Good news from Frau Fiber!

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Subject: Re: License of patterns?

From: Frau Fiber <fraufiber@…>

To: the author of libre-patterns

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Hello,

“You, the author of the libre-patterns-blog, are permitted to use, copy, modify and distribute the contents of Frau Fiber’s instructional videos and https://sewingrebellion.wordpress.com under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/).”

Best FF