Back in the day, in this case I’m talking about the late eighties, I made a foray into the printing of organic t-shirts and sweatshirts. I started with the same amount as I had when I had gone to college with a little over five years earlier. 1050, as I recall. I printed shirts until every flat surface in the house was covered with drying fabric. The only low impact inks had to be heat-set in my dryer at home. There were several “organic” shirt companies to choose from and in the end, there was only one that was taking great pains to get their fibers processed in the USA. That fellow was put out of business by the State of Texas when they passed legislation banning the use of organic methods for cotton production in their state. Apparently, farmers who used pesticides were afraid that critters would flock off the organic acreage onto their plants after the danger of the toxic compounds that they sprayed had “worn off”. Thank-you Monsanto! Brainwashing farmers had an unwelcome result in my “bottom line”.
Now there is a new company, in the US, that uses American grown, processed and sewn shirts for their line of activist wear. They have bulk pricing for event t-shirts, sweatshirts and activist clothing printed with slogans and the like. tsdesigns.com offers 0% sweatshop labor, 0% pesticide, 0% plastic prints, 0% harsh resins. Their production chain is throughout a depressed area in North Carolina. Their website is worth checking out.
In our quest to sustainability, it is well to remember that we are certainly not working to the better ends we seek in isolation. We are caught up in a tide, no, a tumult to achieve the higher standard of living that honors the planet and her creatures and subsequent elimination of waste. every other creature on the planet has managed to survive and thrive without destabilizing the ecosphere. The photograph of the Earth from space did as much to point out the unity amongst all the world’s populations as the globe did when it arrived on the scene. Perhaps as we all learn more intimately what the term Earth Island means, we will develop island culture attention to the needs of the next seven generations. There is no away. what we produce now must first, do no harm.