Source:xkcd: Map Projections.
Any attraction to the dark personality as Hitler‘s, it is really hard to comprehend. It is also hard to imagine, how he could hijack the whole nation, almost as if hypnotizing each citizens. Well, there are many ingredients, which paved path to tragic disaster as Second World War. Yet it was his charisma and economic reality which led to put him as a Führer of great nation, thereby contaminating its culture to see the whole mankind as its sole enemy.
This history matters to us today. Not because history offers “lessons” – how can it since the past can never repeat itself exactly? But because history can contain warnings.
In an economic crisis millions of people suddenly decided to turn to an unconventional leader they thought had “charisma” because he connected with their fears, hopes and latent desire to blame others for their predicament. And the end result was disastrous for tens of millions of people.
In 1985, Americans on average bought 31 items of clothing a year. Today, we buy roughly 60—more than one per week. And when we lug home our haul we’re not shy about making room in the closet: We throw out 78 pounds of textiles per person—five times as much as we did in 1970.
It’s excessive consumption of textile affecting the environment and poor people at large. Why not buy something quality-wise good and use it for long? Should the textile be made more expensive? Or should the designer look for timeless design which makes textile durable in consumer’s mind? Or recycling should be encouraged like in various electronic industries?
- Sustainable Innovation: Reducing Fashion’s Carbon Footprint (junkscience.com)
- IHT Rendezvous: Sustainable Innovation: Reducing Fashion’s Carbon Footprint (rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Sustainable textiles (sustainableandfashionable.wordpress.com)
- Textile Waste Criteria (textlnfo.wordpress.com)