There was high excitement in the village !
A new business was coming to our outport. We all knew about it well before it arrived, since news, or ‘scuttlebutt’ , as we call it, travels quickly.
We were all eager to support any new venture coming here.
I remember the day I went to check it out.
The business sold shirts made of re-cycled plastic bottles, collected on our fair island.
They were somehow broken down into plastic yarn, and then woven into shirts, in South America.
The charming salesperson gave me a detailed description about how the shirts were good for the environment, and would help to save the planet !
The talk was so convincing at the time, that I was tempted to buy a shirt. However, as I held it against my skin, just as I suspected, it was itchy. I knew that plastic does not make a breathable fabric, and hence, the salesperson did not make a sale from me.
The plastic shirt business did not last long in our village.
The idea of clothing choices helping the environment is a good one, though.
We can all become more aware of the beauty and sustainability of clothes from natural fabrics that are ethically grown and manufactured by workers earning a fair living wage.
A simple white organically grown cotton t-shirt, for example, will provide a long time of wearing enjoyment, and will naturally decompose one day.
The challenge, of course, is to try to find organically grown cotton clothing at an affordable price.
Does God care about the clothing we choose ? I’d say that He certainly does, and He is appreciative of all of our efforts to make ethical clothing choices so that garment workers, and farmers growing cotton are not exploited.
Let us continue to pray to the Lord for wisdom and discernment. And let us consider and pray for all of the people involved in clothing production.
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