reclamation


Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.

Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

This prophecy is reminiscent of a Dr Seuss book and movie I recall from 1971, The Lorax, which chronicles humanities unrestrained greed within our industrialized societies and the plight of the environment. It is an excellent movie for both young and old.

Every facet of our daily lives impacts the environment. Our current ecological footprint exceeds the carrying capacity of the Earth by 1.3 times! With an ever increasing world population the distribution of the worlds resources will become more and more constrained. With this in mind the  requirement for more sustainable patterns of consumption and production are crucial. In order to create “Sustainability” the absorption capacity and replenishment rate of our biosphere must be at the least in equilibrium or above the rate of our consumption and production. Currently and persistently we are no where near any form of “Sustainability”. It is obvious that there are limits to the capacity of the earth’s ecosystems in providing resources and absorbing our pollution, How is it possible then to maintain economic progress and well being for the long term without reaching our limited capacity?    There are and always will be multiple views on reality, however it is critical that the debating is left for later and we give the benefit of any doubt to our planet and take action now.

This is the legacy our FSC certified logging companies leave in their wake. We can do better!

Here is the “Must Do” list that can help enhance our environment and future.

  • Demand clear and concise information based on facts and not conjectures or assumptions. Educate yourself!

  • Change our consumption patterns “NO EXCUSES!”

  • Use less to produce more

  • Use completely with no waste.

  • Change policy to stimulate the enhancement of our planet. As the citizens of this world we must take a leading role in order to provide the path our leaders must follow. In other words “live by example”.  And again ” NO EXCUSES”

I will elaborate on these must do items in subsequent posts!

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Finally after years of persistent attempts to educate people with the fact that bamboo fabric is not a viable green product the Federal Governments in both Canada and the United States have passed laws and legislation regarding the labeling and definitions required for all bamboo textile products.

The competition Bureau of Canada and the Federal Trade Commission in The United States want to make you aware  that the soft “bamboo” fabrics on the market today are rayon. They are primarily created by using toxic chemicals in a process that releases vast amounts of pollutants into the air and the surrounding environment. Extracting the bamboo fibers is both costly and time-consuming, and the textiles made using bamboo fiber do not feel silky smooth.

There is also no established evidence that the rayon made from bamboo fibers retains any antimicrobial properties of the original bamboo plant, as many sellers and manufacturers claim.  In all cases where bamboo is the “organic plant source” used to create rayon,  there are no traits of the original plant remaining in the finished product.

All companies labeling products as “bamboo” must now provide scientific test results and analysis data to show that the textiles used are actually bamboo fiber and not a byproduct.

For more information regarding the new regulations follow these links:

http://www.cb-bc.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/02776.html

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/alerts/alt172.shtm

For more info on Bamboo visit our Green Pages