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!
In my show booth recently, I heard a husband tell his wife, “You could wear this against your skin.” She then turned to me and asked, “Linens are usually hard and scratchy; why is this fabric so soft?”What she mistook for an unusually soft linen is actually Sympatico’s 55% hemp - 45% Tencel (lyocell) blend. It has a [...]
Today on my daily walk, I skirted the vernal pond in our back yard to allow the three mallards swimming there some peace on the water. I suspect they are finding lots of tadpoles to eat and am happy to welcome them back. One of the things I love about the change of seasons is anticipating the good [...]
Many days selling my clothing in an outdoor booth have given me an appreciation for the entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and independence required to set up business on the street. In celebration of those impulses, I present a series of photos I took of outdoor vendors on a recent trip to SE Asia. Me in My Outdoor [...]
Why would anyone steal my site, you ask? Probably so that they could resell the url to some unsuspecting buyer. Fraudsters sometimes set up imitation sites, but that is unlikely because of the unique nature of my products.It was Christmas day, the day I left for the Far East for a highly anticipated month-long vacation. I was waiting for [...]
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you focus on your flaws or do you see what you like about yourself? Finding balance between seeing imperfections such as wrinkles or saggy skin and outer beauty, say a nice smile, is part of my recipe for poise. [...]
I had the honor of attending the birth of my second grandchild this week, a girl named Shasta. Though I live almost a 6-hour drive from my son and his family, I booked a room nearby for the due date plus a few days after. My daughter is a trained photographer and came along to [...]
In a time when there's been a lot of (perhaps justified) talk about how bad things are, it's really nice to turn my attention to Thanksgiving! My daughter's visiting for a few weeks from out of town, and she and I started the holiday off helping deliver boxes of food to needy families in our [...]
Go places in style and be comfortable in a durable, machine washable blend of hemp and Tencel.
As many Sympatico fans have noticed, I keep certain shades in my lineup year-round. These Classic Colors include Graphite, Plum, Grey Fog, Natural and Black. I’ve chosen them because they coordinate well, are good basic wardrobe mainstays and because customers tell me again and again that they like wearing these basics. (Note that not [...]