|My lovely friends.
I received a wonderful gift over Christmas – bamboo socks.
The gift of socks is a massive present cliche – often a “faux pas”.
Describing a gift of foot socks as a “faux pas” is highly amusing, because that expression is French for “false step(s)”.
|But this particular present of footwear was not embarrassing or laughable in the slightest.
It was extremely well thought out – inspiring, Zeitgeistian, educational, novel and fun – it even came in a bright orange pouch.
In Summer, by chance I was at an event where I heard the outlines and some conclusions of Lucy Siegle’s research into clothing fabrics.
Essentially, cotton is under threat worldwide – if you buy anything made from cotton, you should perhaps consider it an investment and hold onto it as long as you can. It could become quite irreplaceable.
There are solutions, even in a climate changed world – bamboo and hemp being two avenues for sourcing sustainable clothing fibres.
Fabric made from bamboo is soft and comforting, and in this particular case, quite, quite funky.
I have the obvious criticism of the use of retail – that we cannot expect to green up our lives purely through shopping – because consumerism is part of the climate change and energy crisis.
But I think that something functional like organic and recycled clothing can come into the category of truly green spending – after all, we do need to replace our clothes from time to time.
To cap it all, the socks had green stripes !
So top marks to my clever friend for cracking a superb seasonal joke and demonstrating the future of fabrics at the same time.
Raising a toast to a Sustainable 2012.