Did you know that over 200,000 tons of synthetic dyes are lost to effluents every year in the dyeing process? These Azo dyes are highly toxic, are mutagenic-causing DNA damage- and cannot be extracted through water treatment. In Bangladesh, there are communities around dye operations where the average age of mortality is 45. If that doesn’t startle you, consider that we wear and sleep with these dyes next to our skin. Then, we wash the garments, and the colors fade and are released in our effluent to pollute our own local water supply. *** So- what’s the good news? Well many people are starting to advocate for a change. And through or local fibershed ( @rustbeltfibershed
), we are meeting brilliant members of our community-individuals who want to take action- including fiber farmers, weavers/knitters, shop owners, designers, and consumers. ** If you wear clothing and live within a 250 mile radius of Cleveland, OH, make sure to follow @rustbeltfibershed
to stay up-to-date on regional actions to ameliorate the human and environmental cost of our current textile system. And if you don’t wear clothing, that’s cool too. ☺️ 🌱 🌱
Here are some incredible greys, greens, blues, and yellows that represent just one small park in NEOhio in June. Endless possibilities.