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#Six Word Story – Chemical Runoff

Fashion Chemical Runoff’s Swirls of Darkness 

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31 thoughts on “#Six Word Story – Chemical Runoff

    1. It’s definitely a shift in mindset! I’ve known well meaning people who shopped at these retailers unaware of these things. I can understand the difficulty too because many people have to work within a certain budget, etc.

      Last year, I learned about a developing app that Jessi Baker developed to track where the product comes from. She created a company called “Provenance” in which “The ultimate goal of Provenance is that one day it will be impossible to buy a product that compromises your health and morals. Businesses that have very opaque supply chains and are not taking active steps to make them transparent should really fear us.”

    1. Thank you! During World Water Day this past year, I explored various discussions on social media how the fashion industry affects the environment. It was a culture shock for me at the time because I love reading about fashion! I love sewing and following patterns. ❤

  1. Like the amalgam of ideas you created! 🙂

    Is the boy dying fabric from clothing company waste water? which i assume goes straight into the local waterway/ocean?

    It’s not only sad that this is happening on all continents of the world, but also that we look down on it from our ivory towers built upon exactly the same things being done by our great grandparents when they built the foundations of the wealth we priviledged few have today.

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Fandango’s word of the day (chemical) triggered a lot of memories for me from my fun days mixing chemicals on a bunson burner in chemistry class to the various chemicals I learned was in insect repellent and certain makeup. This story though was related to an event I hosted during World Water Day…

      I’m not sure what the boy is doing in this picture. At first I thought he was picking up the spine of a book. I wonder if people felt powerless to take initiative on this matter in that region. If they are too focused on trying to better their own lives, is this lower on their priorities?

      1. I’m thinking it is likely in Bangladesh, or India. The reasons are similar in both places.

        The population is more concerned with finding food to survive and the money to pay for it. The ‘elite’ have not yet reached western levels of cognisance of the importance of fighting pollution/greed and corruption in their economy or government and are too few in number if they have to achieve much.

        The Government is doing what poor country governments always do – kow tow to commercial concerns and corporations while feathering their own nests.

        And there is no profit in it for the businesses causing the pollution to clear it up, the reverse is true ( in the short-term – and these days the terms are getting ever shorter in the business outlook! Tomorrow you may be out of business if you don’t cut costs lower than the opposition)

        I think it likely the boy is trying to find something he can sell or is doing my first thought, using a waste product in an attempt to add value to something (colour dyeing clothing material). His other ‘choice’ is likely collecting and recycling plastic from rubbish dumps.

        It may well be an increasingly common way of life – and not just in 3rd world countries. 😦

        1. Kow towing to commercial concerns and corporations is something that first world countries do as well though. Maybe not to their degree, but there are powerful financial incentives for continued militarization of our borders with technologies from private companies. Government regulations seem to take a back seat in this case.

          Yes, I have heard of various people going through trash to look for things to sell. They may just get a few dollars a day sadly.

          Even though, they are working on many human rights issues, I’m wondering if The Elders can help tackle and address these issues in various countries:

          1. You’re quite right about the First world and Commercialism.

            Thank you for the link to The Elders, Sa – i’m going to have to bookmark that one! I’m a little concerned though that several of the Elders listed under ‘Who WE ARE’ are no longer with us! Including the Founder and also the Deputy Chair 😦

            1. Yes, Nelson Mandela has passed away. Recently watched a moving documentary on his life! Still learning more about Kofi Annan’s legacy. Some people have stepped up to the plate.

            2. It’ll be such an honor! Though, something tells me experience is valuable in this position that skills nor talent alone would suffice. So, you know…you might be a better candidate this time around! 😉 Anyway, I’ll do as much as my “youth” will take me before people call on me!

      1. Thanks for the link! I don’t remember but I think it was part of the River Monster series, basically highlighting how pollution was destroying the fish in those areas on India with heavy pollution.

    1. Yes I agree! Seeing this photo makes me feel sad for the wild life, the people, and the treatment of the beauty in their town. I hope that leaders realize it is in their country’s interest to take care of these problems. This photo brings up thoughts of the cycle of poverty and other pressing issues that is weighing them down..

      Once a year, I join a city effort to help clean up the rivers in our city. It’s amazing how many tons of trash we pick up. I wonder about the inventions that students are developing to filter chemicals from water in response to the problems in Flint Michigan. I hope these ideas reach in these regions as well.

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