Image: Growing up in the USA, visiting national parks and nature reserves. I’m the small one in the hat.
It also launched my belief that environmental and social impacts are intrinsically linked. Whilst the textile industry might not seem obviously linked to people and communities in the same way as garment production, its associated impacts, from water pollution to deforestation, do impact the health and livelihoods of people around the world.
I will caveat this by saying that I am not perfect – there are still impacts in my life I want to reduce, plastic being the biggest one, so on a daily basis I try to be more conscious of what I buy, from bamboo toothbrushes and mineral based makeup, to refillable cleaning products and fabric scrap busting wax wraps to replace products like clingfilm. Living a busy life (and honestly not being a huge fan of cooking), convenience food is probably still my biggest downfall, and something I definitely want to improve on.