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How to Avoid Toxic Dyes in Your Clothing?

The subject dyes is little discussed when considering sustainability and ecological footprint of a garment. We are more inclined to take into account the organic culture of the fibers, the transformation processes of these fibers or the conditions of the workers when it comes time to make a purchase. As a result, there are not many companies who are interested in putting the effort necessary to detail the dyes used on their clothing. It doesn’t seem to be one of the most interesting sides for the public, and yet it should be.

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Findhorn – ECOVILLAGE

It was a rainy day in the fall of 2014, but rays of sunshine slowly appeared on the horizon. With a somewhat distracted ear, I listened to the rattle of the train on the rails. I had been travelling for about twelve hours, and I was beginning the last part of my trip towards northeast Scotland. Verdant hills rolled along the horizon, where herds of sheep grazed, and trees and sharp cliffs stood tall. Upon my arrival in the town of Forest, I embarked on a bus to the small maritime village of Findhorn nested between bay and sea, right on the sandy hills.

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Whole Village – ECOVILLAGE

In the summer of 2013, I discovered Whole Village thanks to a series of videos on YouTube. Later that year, some “La Cité Écologique” residents went to Ontario to visit this ecovillage located about an hour’s drive north of Toronto, as a meeting was held there for the Canadian ecovillage network. A few months later, at the beginning of 2014, a resident of Whole Village at the time, Peter, came to La Cité for a short internship. We shared a living space for a few weeks and, when he left, I told him I would one day visit him at Whole Village.

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La Cité Écologique – ECOVILLAGE

In my opinion, the biggest difference between our ecovillage and other similar places would be our financial independence. Although we are not self-sufficient in terms of food and do not live off the grid, those are goals we could meet in the long run. For now, all of us work for a company that belongs to La Cité Écologique’s residents. From the beginning, we have been working hard for companies that are now flourishing. This level of entrepreneurship is often less developed in ecovillages which focus solely on sustainable development. Yes, ecology is a priority, but we have found a balance between sustainable and economic development.

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Huehuecoyotl – ECOVILLAGE

In 2013, I flew to Mexico with the intent of working on different farms and ecological sites. After spending two months on a construction project with organic materials, building an igloo-shaped house out of adobe, I decided to look for another project. This is when I came across the Huehuecoyotl ecovillage site. It was the first time I heard the word “ecovillage”, which sparked my curiosity right away. Hence, I contacted one of the members and agreed to spend the next two months there.

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Giving a Voice to the Workers: Interview with Ugo

I am in charge of Sales and Marketing and am the client contact for sales. Basically, this involves selling our collections to shops every six months, developing new markets, and nurturing relationships with clients. I also respond to corporate requests, in which businesses ask us to sew garments bearing their logo. Those include Radio-Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and some spas.

In terms of marketing, I take care of creating catalogues for our collections, thinking up posters, and designing new undergarment boxes. I also manage the Respecterre website—that includes implementation and maintenance, newsletter and blog post writing, and promotion for our apparel.

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What’s project 333 ?

You may have heard about the project (or challenge) 333. In a spirit of minimalism and responsible consumption some people take on the challenge to only use 33 articles of clothes, jewelry and accessories for a period of 3 months. The purpose of this project is to become aware of our behavior towards of fashion, to use less and to find out what we really need. Also, see if there is really a difference in how we feel and how others perceive us with a smaller wardrobe.

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Giving a voice to the workers: Interview with Noëlline

I am responsible for the boutique adjoining our sewing shop, the online boutique, and inventory management. In Respecterre’s early days, we decided to open our own shop in the rural areas! This allows us to receive guests on the wonderful ecovillage site while working in the shop. Increasingly, people also like to buy online, so I work on the online boutique at the same time.

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