Posts Tagged ‘rainforest destruction’

What Price Fashion–Rainforest Wreckage for Style

1168175_87597514Fashion Week just started in New York–the Mercedes Benz-sponsored high holy days for many, when it is impossible to get a cab or a table at hip eateries (ironic since so many at the forefront of fashion are known for eating so little). In addition to the swirling, whirling, paparazzi flashing chaos of couture celebrations, there is, as with most industries, an underbelly that is less appealing.

Clothing today, its manufacture and materials, is, in many instances, decimating our environment. To make the popular fabrics that drape beautifully and flow effortlessly, including rayon and viscose, is a pretty rough-on-the-world process. Rainforests in Indonesia, Canada, Brazil, and more, are clear cut to make way for “monocrop” plantations. The new monocrop trees are then cut down and their material put through a labor-intensive and highly toxic chemical bath process to create “dissolving pulp” that can then be spun out and woven into cloth. The chemicals used are brutal and high impact, and the destruction of the rainforest ecosphere adds to the loss of endangered species, like threatened orangutans, rhinoceros, and others. 

The fabric created is used by global brands like Gap, Forever 21, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and legions of others. Of course there are plenty of responsible, sustainable replacement options.

The Rainforest Action Network is calling upon the fashion industry, especially now during high profile fashion celebrations and showcases for designers, to find environment-sparing alternatives. They’ve got a petition going to bring attention to the cause and state that “there’s nothing fashionable about rainforest destruction.” Sign here and leaner more about awareness events happening this month with which you may want to participate. Sources report that an average of 137 species of rainforest life form go extinct EVERY DAY! Help curb those numbers with how you spend your clothing dollars, and volunteer to spread the word.


The Power is #InYourPalm to Keep Conflict Palm Oil from Destroying Rainforests

1168175_87597514Orangutans are facing such dire straits these days, and it may very well be because of your peanut butter, crackers, ice cream, breakfast bars, and cookies. We’ve begun to be conditioned about the issues surrounding high fructose corn syrup, but the issues of another rampant packaged food additive, palm oil, are more than just hidden calories. To harvest the palm trees for palm oil, rainforest ecosystems are being clearcut, and that is driving orangutans to the brink of extinction in Borneo and Malaysia. The issue is getting worse, not better, as palm oil is being used to replace trans fats in more and more foods. Desire for better health, however, needn’t decimate other species.

Sign the petition to demand that food companies source palm oil from non-conflcit regions. Read labels (not all palm oil is the bad stuff–look for the term “responsible palm oil.” Believe me, if they use it, they will crow about it on the label!) Even the Girl Scout Cookies making the rounds these days use palm oil–but if enough of us use our buying power and influence to advocate for change…it it attainable. Here’s proof: Mars candy company is ceasing using palm oil from any suppliers involved in the destruction or rainforest and peatland habitats. That is huge action from a huge company…and Kellogg’s is likely to make a similar announcement soon!

You can help save our red relatives, and taking action is simple.

Click below for a video from the Rainforest Action Network