I was having one of those long meandering thinks last night. I was thinking about masks (surgical and otherwise) and isn’t it great how people adapt, make their own and that local industry is getting a go.
It also got me thinking about the textile industry in places like India which have been unceremoniously dumped by (fast and no so fast) fashion and the lockdown. Do we have a moral/social obligation to continue buying from these places if they adapt, and rather than filling racks at Primark, start producing masks (possibly still for Primark). I am inclined to think we do, particularly when they are only getting limited help from their governments.
I read an article which said that big shifts in fashion historically haven’t come from the runway but rather seismic events like war, industrialisation... and pandemics. ‘The effects ripple through the supply chains, the economy, social behaviour and daily life, often accelerating and normalising changes already underway.’ Vicas Chachra
Hopefully this means consumers being more aware of where products are from, how sustainable they are and how (and if) they are disposed. 💚🌍🌳🌏🌱🌍🌿
The last stop on my mind meander was finding companies who are making masks with clear panels to facilitate lip reading. 👏👏👏 I also think it would help humanise a doctor for a patient who cannot touch another human when seriously ill.