Dying Clothes Naturally – Safe For Composting

I have a new project in my sights! Compostable biodegradable clothes. I am combining my love for composting and clothes together so I can live sustainably in style. The idea of wearing used clothes repulses me to my core. To me, wearing compostable clothes is the best eco-friendly solution!

I found the perfect jersey organic cotton fabric here in Texas:

https://sosfromtexas.com/collections/fabrics/products/organic-cotton-jersey-fabric

And the perfect (very expensive!) thread from The Netherlands:

https://organiccottonplus.com/collections/notions-thread/products/thread-natural

And I made the dye myself! I don’t trust the “eco-friendly” dyes they sell online, they have harmful metals in them like tin and led that could poison a compost pile! Only iron and alum are safe. For a nice pink, all you would need are some avocados and water. So many plants give nice colours, there are so many books all about that.

 

Here are my results:

This is how you would prepare the fabric:

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!

Remember, the environmentalist movement is not actually about saving the Earth. The Earth will still be here when humans die out! The movement is actually about maintaining a sustainable environment so that the human race can last! And humans happen to depend on food and the air which depends on an ecological system of clean water, plants and animals!
We are doing our part by:

– Composting up to 40% of our garbage.
– We use the soil to grow our own food. We have more than 300 plants!
– Riding our bicycles as our mode of transportation as much as possible.
– Keeping ourselves informed. Read the labels, read the news, read into everything!
– Starting a clothing line that is 100% organic local cotton (including thread!) with plant based dyes (from my own garden!)! (more details to come!)

It’s not easy, but living in pollution isn’t any easier! I’m not saying we should all do exactly what I am doing, there is more that I could be doing and you could probably do even more! What I want to say is we should try our best to do our part. I lived in a studio apartment for years working full time at an office and still managed to compost and grow a few herbs and even volunteer. Where there is a will, there is a way! There are no excuses! Cynicism is poison for the soul. Ignorance is poison for the brain. Pollution is poison for the body.
Stay connected, stay healthy, stay informed, stay green!

I Experienced “Sleep Paralysis” Last Night!

This was unlike anything I ever experienced! Imagine not being able to move one limb, not even your fingers, not even your toes. I couldn’t open my eyes. I was frozen. I used all my might, I couldn’t budge at all! It was an awful feeling.

I think it came from sleep deprivation/sleep interruption. My husband left early for work, and I remember asking him to turn off the fans before leaving. He claims he doesn’t remember me asking him this, so this could have been part of the dream. One of the fans has a slight clattering that make it sound like someone is walking around the house. I thought he turned it off, so when I heard that clattering, I actually thought someone was walking in the house. I wanted to investigate, but I couldn’t open my eyes to even see. I think this lasted for 20 minutes.

Do you trust online reviews?

Readers,

I am dead tired from an awful night at an Airbnb.

Yes, the place had great ratings!

Yes, the pictures looked upscale, new and amazing!

But it was so slightly deceiving!

– The mattress was very hard.
– The ad said it could accommodate for two, but it was a double bed. How can this accommodate for even one adult with the average size being on the plus side nowadays?
– The guy’s mother was cooking loudly in the kitchen throughout the night and early in the morning (I would say around 6:30 am).
– It clearly said in the ad that there was a private washroom, but it wasn’t. The washroom was outside the bedroom and involved going through a shared space. Did they mean that the washroom was not used by the other occupants? I thought private washroom meant it is attached to your private room!

So why do I write this here and not on the airbnb ad? Because my husband doesn’t want to ruin the guys business, and wants to just forget about it and move on. We were shocked that the guy had so many positive reviews. So many people said it was “comfortable”.

If so many other people liked it, then maybe we are the ones with a problem? Comfort could be subjective after all.

On the plus side it was safe and it looked nice. I guess these are the things that people value the most in this society.

By the way, this is my third disaster airbnb experience out of 10!