When all people in USA celebrate the end of the summer season and economic, social contributions of workers.
Yesterday our restaurant closed early and all the workers were invited to have a toast for the great season.
Then, we caught the cabs and drove to see off the last Miller ferry of the day. This is very nice islanders tradition: lots of people, beer, champagne, music, fireworks and great atmosphere:))
P.S. On that day I finally saw the old car parade:
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I’ve always wanted to share my poster presentation:
Fast Fashion it’s a term that fashion retailers use to define a trend in which clothes move from the ramps to the stores in the fastest time possible in order to be able to capture the market.
To understand the concept of fast fashion is actually to think of it as having similarities to the concept of fast food.
Fast Fashion’s similarities to fast food are:
- Super- cheap (cheap fabric – polyester and cotton)
- Addictive (shopaholism)
- Unsustainable (because of the bad quality fabric form which clothes are made)
- Throwaway (a trend to worn a clothing a few times in favor of new cheap garments which themselves will also go out of fashion and be thrown away in a matter of months)
A Cambridge University study reports that in 2006, people were buying a third more clothes than they were in 2002, because women clothing prices have fallen a lot. Brands began competing against each other for market share by introducing more lines per year at lower costs. In a result, now fashion houses offer up to 18 collections a year while traditionally most fashion labels have produced two main collections a year – spring/summer and autumn/winter.
Problems that Fast fashion causes:
- The squeeze on the workers. Buyers pressure factories to deliver products with ever-shorted lead times. Most factories just don’t have tools and expertize to manage this effectively, that is why workers are forced to work overtime, to suffer abuse, bad food and a very poor pay;
- Environmental damage. More clothing is shipped and flown from the Far East to Europe than ever before and the life cycle of these garments is decreasing; Textile faces problems such as synthetic products will not decompose, while woolen garment do decompose and produce methane, which contributes to global warming;
- Child labor. For e.g. child labor used in manufacturing a line for Primark.
- The use of hazardous chemicals. Cotton is widely used in worlds fabric production, but growing it uses ~23% of the world’s insecticides and 10% of the world’s pesticides. These are chemicals which can be dangerous for the environment and harmful for farmers who grow it. Also hazardous chemicals (lead, nickel, chromium…) are used in the textile industry for dyeing or soften them. These chemical can be toxic, damage our skin…
- Waste. For e.g. the Arial Sea in Central Asia has shrunk to just 15% of its former volume, due to the vast quantity of water required for cotton production and dying.
- Animal cruelty.Many animals are famed to supply fur fashion.How could we solve these problems?
A solution to The Fast Fashion problems is – Ethical Fashion.
Ethical Fashion is socially and environmentally conscious. Social issues include fair trade, fair pay and transparency. Environmental issues may include carbon miles, pesticides used in farming to grow cotton, dying methods, water usage during production and posproduction.
Yes, we can look good, be stylish and be environmentally, socially conscious.
Criteria for Ethical Fashion:
- Countering fast, cheap fashion.
- Defending fair wages, working conditions and workers’ rights.
- Supporting sustainable livelihoods.
- Addressing toxic pesticide and chemical use.
- Using Eco-friendly fabrics and components.
- Minimizing water usage.
- Recycling and addressing energy efficiency and waste.
- Promoting sustainability standards for fashion.
- Defending animal rights.
Ethical Fashion is important because if we start to better manage of production, manufacturing, management of workers and consumer behavior with respect for people, planet and profit, the sector can provide social, environmental and economic change for the better.
“… People are being trained by media to perfect consumers of mass manufactures rubbish.”
Kuo toliau tuo sunkiau darosi mokytis – galvoje vien tik:
In these days the more close to the summer the more difficult it becomes to learn something – in my mind just:
Taip, šeši skyriai šiandien ir šeši ryt ryte…
Yes, six units today and six tomorrow morning….
Tickets – done.
Packing list – done.
Visa – almost done.
Luggage – done.
Cosmetic and shower bag – finally done.
I wouldn’t be a girl if I didn’t want to travel comfortably and beautifully… I want to share my experience in buying a luggage and cosmetics organizers.
I research the Internet and found out that there are two types of travelers in Lithuania (LT), the ones who:
a) buy a cheap luggage in the local supermarket;
b) buy a well-known brand luggage abroad or in LT.
Arguments for A group: If their luggage appears broken after the flight, they don’t bother a lot about that and buy the new one (the cheapest).
Arguments against A group: In Lithuania we have a saying “Skūpus moka du kartus” which means greedy pays twice. At some point of journeys you probably will have paid for the cheap suitcases as much as for a one or even two pricey. Also you should have in mind that if you buy a cheap Chinese product you support child labor, squeeze on the workers and you damage our environment (the life cycle of the cheap suitcase is very short).
Arguments for B group: When you buy the brand luggage you usually get a warranty (from 3 to 10 years). This means that if group B’s luggage is broken after the flight, they don’t buy a new one – they get it repaired. So, they don’t damage our environment and don’t support child labor…
Arguments against B group: These well-known brands as SAMSONITE, CAT, CARLTON etc. set a high price for they products and some people couldn’t afford it. On the other hand, these well-known names on your luggage more often catch an eye for a thief.
My plan was to buy a cheap one in LT and then a good – abroad (there are much smaller prices). But it turned out that here I got a gift for my birthday a brand new red (!!!) SAMSONITE luggage. I love it:)))
1. Luggage with multiple storage compartments.
2. Compression straps on the inside of the luggage are helpful in holding down clothing.
3. Soft-side suitcases allow more flexibility and therefore can better absorb rough baggage handling.
4. Wheels should be securely fastened to your suitcase by durable hardware.
In your opinion: What else is important for a good suitcase?
I searched for the two bigger than a regular size kits: one for shower and another for my cosmetics. It should be easy to clean and have a handle. And finally those two vibrant color bags I bought at local supermarket.
Cosmetic bags wish list: