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|Yeah, I figured out the quantity vs quality notion when my eyes opened to the fast fashion industry. From Finish Line to Payless, H&M to Macy's to Kohls to Forever 21 to TJMaxx/Marshals they're all the same. Poorly sewn clothes, cheap fabrics, raw edges in shoes with flimsy soles and quick wearing foot beds, clothes that can only stand up to a few washes before either falling apart or filling with holes, and good luck trying to find a hardworking heirloom fabrics like 100% wool. |
If I still had to rely on malls, outlets and megastores to keep myself clothed i'd be naked right now because there's no way I could afford to keep replacing clothes at the same rate they fall apart. So now I only shop second hand: thrift stores, rummage sales, yard sales OMGeeerd so much great stuff to be found! I also have a tendency to wear mens tops because they're made better and with thicker materials especially their sweaters. All of my sweaters now are mens sweaters, they're so thick and plush it's like wearing a cuddly blanket whenever I put them on. I can't wait for it to get cold! Added bonus, because my torso and arms are a bit long I had a really hard time finding shirts with the length that I needed but with guys shirts I no longer have that problem. XD
And I can't wait for hemp to get the respect that it deserves. I think it's really silly that for a long time it was banned, but like you said we all know the root behind things like this; money. Timber industries, cotton industries and the companies that made money from cotton pesticides and herbicides stood to lose a TON of income if hemp crops became widespread, so they bought politicians and lobbied against it. Just like how pharmaceutical industries and their drug peddling hospital lap dogs stand to lose tons of money if its sibling, Mary J, were fully legalized.
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|Ugn, plastic production plants, don't even get me started on plastic u_u. Plastic production has to be one of human kinds greatest disasters (right on the list next to nuclear power plants and dumping waste water into the oceans). It never degrades and most of it's single use crap that quickly gets tossed, not to mention the chemical stew that it takes to make plastic in the first place. My head is still exploding over the existence of those plastic one use coffee pod things, whoever invented those should be charged with crimes against humanity for the endless sea of pollution those things create in landfills because they can't be recycled. And no, I haven't heard about cassava bags o_o but I know folks have been trying some "biodegradable" stuff made out of corn which turns out to not be all that biodegradable because it takes intense heat to break them down, so unless you live in a desert at high noon that cup is probably gonna sit there for a several years just like any other, and traditional recycling plants don't often want to deal with them because it takes extra time to separate the bio stuff from the petrol stuff :(. I truly hope though that the cassava is an improved step towards truly biodegradable plastics, something that can fit seamlessly into the waste stream and be recycled back into the earth without man made machines. |
But in the end, I think that one of the greatest steps towards less waste would be to alter the current path of our wasteful culture. Back-in-the-day things were made so much better and were made to last. Shoes were made to be resoled and clothes were made strong to last several years. A lot of women also made their own clothes and there were a LOT of quality fabric stores to choose from. Things like TVs, radios, fans, sewing machines, furniture, appliances and cars were all made from real wood and hard metal. Sturdy things that could be used for decades and then handed down. My mum still has one of those old TVs, the gigantic ones that sat on the floor in a big wooden box XD (though the tubes in those things are filled with deadly toxins at least you could use it for 40+ years before having to worry about getting a new one).
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|I think the closest I ever came to a tornado was in elementary school. I remember the teachers held us after school because the weather was too bad to load the buses. They wound up leading us to the bathrooms where we hid under the sinks. If a tornado did blow through, I never got to see it. :/ |
My eff, you've only seen snow TWICE? How've you survived winters without snow? That would kill me spiritually, lol. (Also thank you for the sticker! <3 )
And i'm so glad that you're being a green earth mum, the world really need more people who care about what kind of place we're passing on to the future. I'm a firm believer that plants are a sacred gift. Without plants, and the clean water and air they help to create, life on Earth would quickly vanish. That serves to make me all the more angry about what's happening to this little city. When I first moved here it was spotless, not a piece of trash to be seen anywhere. But then they started ripping up green spaces to build all of these apartments, endless seas of concrete and metal, and now the streets, green patches and sidewalks are littered with trash. The new hoards have a real knack for tossing trash out their car windows, (empty food containers, plates with food still on them, soiled clothes, diapers, car oil bottles, CDs/tapes, unmentionable things...) it's disgusting and sets a terrible example for the kids of the people who are doing these things.
I'm so sorry to hear about your tree, my orchid pair isn't fairing well either. The mum is dead but the baby is still clinging on. The baby still doesn't have any root nodes yet so with the mother gone I highly doubt it's going to make it. I hate losing plants. :(
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|Aside from their immense power, it's the random sneak-up-on-you aspect of tornadoes that can make them so frightening. A weather station can generally only warn folks one is coming about 10-20 mins before they hit which doesn't give anyone enough time to pack and get away. I've never been able to see a tornado funnel first hand, but i'm pretty sure we've gotten close to some a few times. It's kind of mind boggling how powerful and heavy wind can be. |
I remember a story my mum told me, that back in the day (I don't think I was born yet), she was driving out on a stretch of road, the sky was getting all dark and crazy, and some guy pulled up beside her and yelled out the window, "there's a tornado behind us!" Mum looked in the rear view mirror, went into "NOPE!" mode and hit that gas pedal to the floor trying to outrun it. I don't think that even water beetles (may they rest in peace) knew the force of her foot like that gas pedal did. As for the rest of the crazy weather, I really do hope we see some snow here this winter. We didn't get any snow last winter, as a matter of fact it didn't even get cold at all. The week before Christmas was absolutely ridiculous, it was in the 60s and 70s and folks were wearing tees, shorts and flipflops! I felt so ripped off. XD I was all like "WTF is this?! Where's my snow? Or geeze at least some 30s or something!"
And about the plants, YES, I know exactly how you feel. It kills me inside when the workers go around the city parts and plant beautiful flowers only to rip them out and toss them into plastic trash bags when a season is over. How could someone do that to such beautiful things? And every time I turn around I see another lifeless stump where a tree was cut down to make room for a new parking lot or a wider sidewalk. What a waste of a precious life.
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|Oh I can definitely relate to how you feel about your tree, I love my plants and when they're sick I feel terrible about it. I have a sick orchid right now who produced a baby but the baby doesn't have roots coming off of it yet so it wont be able to survive without the mum. I'm trying to keep the mum healthy enough to give the baby more time to grow but I don't know, the mum is fading pretty quickly. Makes me sad, I don't want either one of them to die. And no worries about fires here, I live in the flatlands of the Midwest, far away from forest fires and hurricanes. We can get some pretty wicked tornadoes though, but thankfully we had a mild season this year. I'm glad you heard from your fam and that they're doing ok. :)|