29 Nov Woman In The Mirror
Michael Jackson, one of my idols sings: ‘’If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change!’’
I want to make a change, I want to leave a legacy and I am working hard every day to realize this goal. The reality is, we live in a world with too many inequalities. There are so many charities, because there is so much pain, sickness, poverty, hunger, theft, cruelty, destruction. It breaks my heart.
One of the most recent occurrences that has really got me thinking about the world we live in, is the horrifying way the angora rabbits are stripped from their wool. The problem is, that the companies that sell this angora wool or clothing made from angora wool, are very aware of the process of acquiring this wool. Despite knowing, they sell it, because for them all that matters is their profits.
Since recently there has been going around a video where you can see the rabbits getting stripped from their wool ALIVE!! It’s gone viral through social media and gotten a lot of media attention to it and suddenly, you have these big clothing chains claiming that they never knew that this was the way the wool was acquired. Of course, it is against their company policy and ethics.
Read the previous line as sarcastically as you can, because it is all bullshit, believe me! They knew exactly what was going on, but only until their customers found out, they decided to save the company’s face/reputation and take back their clothing.
There are so many examples of big company’s conducting unethical business. I took this example, because, as a fashion designer of my own brand, I can’t take this hypocrisy.
We know exactly where Wulterkens products are made, what kinds of fabrics are used and under which conditions everything is produced. We make sure that we use environmentally friendly products, made in labor/worker friendly environments and we don’t use or abuse animals in the process. This is also one of the big points where we distinct our brand from our competitors, and we’re proud of that. Our products are pricey, but you get real value and at the same time you contribute to a better environment and economy.
Either way, it is up to you, the customer, the people. Please be conscious about what you buy, inform yourselves (we live in the age of information), so you don’t end up fueling these businesses! And please don’t believe everything you hear from conventional media, because it’s all government regulated and guess what, they don’t want us to know everything, because they know the people have power (and they also know their slate is not clean). I’ll get into this in another post.
This all also goes for food, know what you put into your body. Always eat all you have on your plate, because others don’t have the privilege. Keep your environment clean, save on water, be aware of your pollution etc etc.
In the end we are all responsible for the pain, suffering (of both animals and humans) and inequalities in this world. And NO, one person might not be able to change the world, but if you decide to just make that change for yourself, you are already contributing to a better environment. And in the process you might inspire others to do so as well. Call me naive, but I believe in the power of the people.
There are enough resources in this world to let everyone live a good life, including animals that might not have to go extinct if we would get our priorities straight.
I really hope you all think about it, and make that change, for yourself, your (Future) children, grandchildren and a better world overall! Every little effort matters, even if it might not seem so.
Outfit Details: Wulterkens Signature Studded Sweater (made from Fairtrade Organic cotton):
My faux fur vest: Saboskirt (and it’s very faux, as in FAKE). Leggings: ZARA. Shoes: Collin Stuart.
‘’Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world’’- Joel A. Barker
‘’It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world’’.- Vivienne Westwood
”Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”. – Apple Inc.