Mindful Men’s Suit?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 13, 2010
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Et voila:

Eco + cruelty-free…what else is criteria for “mindful” fashion? Local (at least with thrift and jewelry).

Well, the above sharp suit ain’t eco per se. But it is natural, and cruelty-free.

As we’ve learned wool is generally cruel (not always, but say 95% of the time), and now we’re learning that while it may be natural its creation involves an awful lot of farting and toxic this and that and hunting of kangaroos and what not.

That said, if the sheep were nicely treated and humanely sheared, I assume they’d still be running around farting.

Ethically handsome:

via PETA, via Discerning Brute:

Did you know that sheep outnumber people by more than four to one in Australia, one of the world’s largest wool-marketing nations? Not only do all those poor sheep create an awful lot of climate-cooking methane gas as a result of, ahem, “enteric fermentation,” they also produce an enormous amount of waste, which contributes to both air and water pollution. Sheep farmers also love to douse animals with toxic “sheep dip” and advocate killing off all manner of wildlife (kangaroos, dingoes, and rabbits in Australia and coyotes in the U.S.) in cruel ways (poisoning, trapping, etc.) because they compete with sheep for land and, in some cases, harass and kill sheep before the farmers can do that themselves. And don’t even get me started on the mulesing mulitation, which is definitely in the running for the world’s cruelest “standard agricultural practice.”

Of course, to my mind, and hopefully yours, by far the most eco (and affordable, and generally well-made and well-cut) option is vintage.

Last year, thinking about running for City Council, I found three mint vintage Brooks Brothers suits at my local Buffalo Exchange (home of “recycled fashions”)—each for thirty or forty bucks, if I remember correctly. Then, around New Year’s, I bought a vintage tux with my friend Lisa at a thrift store for only 10 bucks, and got it tailored to fit for another 30 or forty.

Who said “eco-responsible” was only for rich folk?


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Mindful Men’s Suit?”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    Mindful concepts. Concepts are concepts…obviously. So is "mindful"….only a concept…and one which has different meaning for everyone. The NRA can be mindful about what is important to them. This term mindful I think is a good one for picking up "mindful" chicks at the mindful juice bar. Where did the Buddha say "mindful"? And if he did ;do we think that it was being ascribed to poltical, dietary, and clothing subjects. Mindful is chock full of ego and projections of ego. Who is minding the store?

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