On Plastics in the Ocean and on our Skin
Founder and Co-owner of MahaDevi Design
Plastic has become one of the biggest issues of our time.
A substance that did not exist on the planet until just some decades ago, it has become so widespread that it is now a serious threat to the environment.
And the problem: It simply does not break down. At least not in less than several hundred years, if not a thousand!
Landfills all over the world are mountains of plastic, and scientists estimate that 150 million tons of plastic are currently floating in our oceans, increasing by 8 million each year. The Gyre between California and Hawaii is now three times the size of France – a plastic continent!
Sea creatures such as turtles and whales have plastic accumulating in their stomachs, many of them dying from it sooner or later.
At the same time plastics are leaching hormone-like substances into our water supply and food chain, affecting fertility and increasing cancer risks worldwide.
Okay, so I don’t want to spoil your day with a bunch of sad and alarming facts here…
And you might ask yourself, what does this have to do with a clothing company?
Well, I have never understood all those conscious, healthy yogis stretching in plastic tights…
Most yoga and workout clothing is made from Polyester and similar fibers.
Still today over half of all clothing produced is made from synthetic fibers that will end up in landfills for hundreds of years to come. Studies have shown that micro particles of plastic are released into the water stream with every wash of synthetic clothing and accumulating in streams and oceans and making it into the food chain from there.
Make a conscious choice for what you wear, for your skin and for the planet!