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This Earth Day we celebrate the courage to change

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This year over a billion people in 192 countries will celebrate our 47th Earth Day, the largest secular holiday in the world. Earth Day is about adopting behaviors that respect our environment and to do so often involves getting over our resistance to change.

Recognizing the incredible challenges the Earth faces can be daunting, but our actions all add up. If we work together, the potential is enormous! Hopefully we will soon reach critical mass and reach a tipping point at which people and governments will agree to make significant changes!

One of my hopes in choosing the fabric and styles I use for Sympatico is to introduce customers to an eco-friendly fabric. My hemp/Tencel blend improves upon popular fabrics like cotton and rayon. Though I know it’s a key factor, it's often not its environmental upside that sells them on Sympatico.

My customers tell me they like the clothing because it's comfortable to wear, comes in attractive colors and lets your skin breathe. They like its durability and classic styling and often wear their garments for many years. Sympatico fans like the pockets in the pants and skirts because they’re functional.

Sometimes acting on your environmental convictions isn't as much a sacrifice as an introduction to something better. Like changing from coal-fired power plants to solar or agribusiness food to organic, going green gives us fresher, healthier air and food. Planting a tree to help reduce carbon yields shade and sometimes even fruit.

When we balance our lifestyles to use only the resources we need to minimize waste, we often can afford sturdier, better made products. True, they sometimes involve a bit more work, such as washing reusable coffee cups instead of tossing paper cups away.

Change can be disruptive to the job market, and many are currently left out in the cold. But even in difficult times, both the small and large things we do count. In the end, it’s taking care of one another and the Earth that really matters.

On this Earth Day, let’s celebrate the courage of those of us who try to live in harmony with and sustain the Earth!

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