There’s so much crossover when it comes to food and fiber that we’ve decided to launch a series called “10 Things to Munch On…” highlighting things you might want to think about as you shop and eat.
Are you totally into organic food but are still wearing toxic clothes? Are you willing to pay $10 for a kale smoothie but still falling for $5 t-shirts?
These are some of the questions we ask you to consider as you “munch on” the worth of where things come from. There’s no right answer, and a lot of this just might seem overwhelming. None of us are perfect, but asking questions is what keeps us moving down the path to a better future.
10 Things to Munch on (When Buying Your Next T-shirt)
1. The fact that Monsanto grew the cotton as well as the celery stick you’re eating.
2. That color of red makes you think of a tomato… which gets you thinking about how many chemicals are used in tomato production, and how many chemicals it takes to produce tomato red in a t-shirt.
3. Whether it’s a waste of time to buy the t-shirt because it’s probably just going to land in a huge futuristic waste pile.
4. If all the synthetic t-shirts at H&M were recycled could they make a huge plastic spoon?
5. If you paid 20 cents more a day to help a garment worker make minimum wage, would that take away from your specialty coffee drink made by an underpaid bean picker?
6. Does the recycled PET that’s used in the” eco-friendly” yoga pants hanging next to the t-shirt that you’re considering buying really makes up for the fact that 1 million plastic bottles are consumed per minute?
7. Does your diet of fast fashion have the same consequences as a diet of fast food?
8. Would you be better off finding a way to just drink straight petroleum, since all of our food and clothing are gradually being made with it anyway?
9. That no matter how many detoxing green smoothies you drink, your t-shirt is still chock full of cancer-causing chemicals.
10. Maybe instead of a new t-shirt, you’ll want to give the 20 old t-shirts in your drawer a second look.
–Amy DuFault and Anna Brones