Hi! I have this jacket, where the sleeves are lined with this faux leather, but it started shedding bits off of it. What do you suggest i do with this? I want to keep the jacket but i dont wanna have small black bits follow me wherever i go.
Faux leather lining
To be honest, I'm baffled by the fact that someone designed a garment that uses faux leather as a lining material. A professional ought to know better, and it seems like a bold choice for someone who's still learning how to make their own clothes (if the latter's the case, I commend that person for their creativity and willingness to experiment but would suggest using a different material next time).
Faux leather is known to shed. Unfortunately it will keep shedding, and there's little you can do about that.
If it's just the sleeves, there's three routes you could go. All of them require you to take the jacket apart. Whichever option you decide to take, your first step will be to carefully remove the sleeve with a seam ripper.
Removing the sleeves:
Once you've removed the sleeves, you could opt for turning your jacket into a sleeveless vest. Finish off the raw edges around the armscye in your method of choice, and you're done. Bias tape might be a good option if you don't know where to start.
Re-lining the sleeves:
Another option is to line the sleeves with a different fabric. Take the sleeve apart, and see if you can remove the pleather lining. Trace your sleeve on a separate piece of paper (+ seam allowance) to create a sleeve pattern and cut out a new lining from a suitable fabric, then re-line your sleeves, insert them back into the armscyes, and finish off your raw edges.
If you can't remove the pleather lining, you could also try to peel off the flaky layer and keep the soft fabric beneath it as is, or add your new lining as a third layer of fabric. The latter option may alter the fit of your sleeves as this can get quite bulky.
Remaking the sleeves:
You could also make new sleeves for your jacket. Take your sleeves apart and trace them onto a piece of paper (+ seam allowance) to create a sleeve pattern. Cut out your shape from your fabric of choice (plus lining if desired), sew up the seams, then insert it into the jacket's armscyes and finish off your raw edges.
There are different types of sleeves, but assuming this is a common set-in sleeve, your custom pattern will probably look similar to this shape:
(Image source) [ID: drafting instructions for a set-in sleeve with a straight arm and a curved sleeve cap.]
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I’ve received my fair share of criticism, angry comments, even death threats while running Queer Brown Vegan. I’m always trying to improve and learn, but at some point, I had to learn to disengage as well. There aren’t shared intentions in digital mediums like Instagram, people are invited to come and go in an instant. I realized that while I’m accountable for this platform and the voice and identities that I bring to the table, I’m still a human being and I value relationships built on reciprocity and trust. I think it’s fine for people to comment whatever they like and there’s so much nuance that gets missed in infographics and posts. I do my best. It’s still not enough for some people and that’s okay. They probably don’t like me much anyways 🤣
Self care and boundaries play an important role in activism. Nourishment and restoration are essential, not optional!
Anything resembling a modern military, especially the preposterous US military, cannot be made just or sustainable to any meaningful degree and is necessarily an active cause of environmental degradation and injustice. How could a cluster bomb ever be green? Why would a society built around care and repair have fighter jets? And physical resources are zero sum—every ounce of material extracted from the Earth and turned into weapons is one that is not going towards sustainable and socially useful goods and infrastructure—so the more resources used in harmful or unnecessary things, the harder it is to transition to a society that is no longer burning fossil fuels or causing a biodiversity crisis.
Dismantling the military-industrial complex is just as important as dismantling the fossil fuel industry. Let us beat tanks into trains, for our collective security and well-being depends on it.
What can you do with old clothing? Currently, a lot of old clothing (an estimated 10 – 11 tons per year in the US) ends up in landfills. The US EPA estimates that 5% of the contents of landfills consists of clothing. The links to the three articles below provide good ideas and in some cases, links to organizations that will accept old clothing. Here are some ideas:
· If the clothing is in good condition, sell it or donate it.
· Some organizations will accept clothing that can no longer be worn. Call your local thrift shop to see what they do with old clothing that cannot be sold. Some will throw it away but others will send it to a clothing recycler. You can also check to see if there is a clothing recycler near you.
· See if you can repurpose old clothing for rags, padding for packing boxes, rag rugs, etc.
· Old towels and sheets can be used for rags or upcycled into something useful.
· Some people make beautiful quilts with old T-shirts from special events in their lives.
· Buy good quality clothing that will not quickly go out of style so you can wear it a long time. It costs more up front but then it will be a long time before you need to spend money to replace it. I have stopped shopping at stores whose clothing only lasted for 3-4 laundry cycles.
The increasing amount of plastic being added to our environments has created intense selection pressure for microbes that can break down plastic for energy.
Looking at environmental DNA samples, researchers have found 30,000 different enzymes capable of digesting different types of plastic. Almost 60% did not fit into any known enzyme types.
While previous plastic-eating microbes had primarily been found in garbage dumps or recycling plants (locations with very high levels of plastic), the enzymes in this study were collected from soil and ocean water throughout the world, meaning this phenomenon is even more widespread than we thought.
The goal is to utilize these enzymes for more efficient recycling--essentially breaking plastic down into its basic building blocks to reduce or even eliminate the need for new virgin plastic. An enzyme created in 2020 is already being used to recycle plastic bottles in only a couple of hours.
Thanks to the anonymous individual who sent this in!
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but going to thrift stores and buying all the usable sheets and t-shirts and jeans and then cutting them up to make rag rugs or yarn or whatever for your shabby chic/cottagecore aesthetic isn’t solar punk.
You are taking resources away from people who need them so that you can pretend to live a less consumptive lifestyle. You are cosplaying sustainability.
The whole fucking point of rag rugs etc. was that you made use of textiles you already had that could no longer be used for their intended purpose, and you extended the lifecycle of the item by turning it into something else useful instead of throwing it in the garbage. When you buy clothing that still has use *as clothing* just to cut it into rags to make a rug, you’re *speeding up* the consumption of materials. You’re shortening the lifecycle. You are consuming MORE.
And you’re doing it by buying up resources that marginalized people need. Those thrift store sheets would look so much better on somebody’s fucking bed, but since you wanted that Little House on the Prairie vibe, someone is sleeping on a bare mattress now whilst trying to save their pennies to go to fucking Wal-Mart for bedsheets. And that denim throw pillow probably looks adorable on your sofa, but somebody needed a pair of sturdy jeans for that job they’re trying to get, and now there’s nothing available.
But sure, your house looks cute. I guess that’s important.
Okay also I’ve been driving electric cars long enough now to be really emphatic that the fact that they’re not all automatically built with solar panels in the roofs is a scandal.
And somehow almost every time I tell anyone this they roll their eyes and attempt to explain to me that this would not create a perpetual motion machine because of the limitations of the area relative to the power draw of the motor, which is incredibly annoying because that’s not the point.
Yes it’s possible that driving in the sunshine with a solar collector dripping into the battery would net you a little more mileage on that trip before needing recharge, but the usefulness of a solar-topped electric car is that if you drive it someplace--say, to work--and leave it outside in the sun all day, you’ll definitely have more range available by the time you’re ready to head home.
Also if you fuck up your calculations because of the inefficiency induced by cold weather or something and get yourself stranded without anywhere to charge, like halfway up a mountain or, more likely, six miles from home, you can call for rescue or walk away, come back later, and it’ll be able to move again.
This is important because unlike running out of gas you can’t really go get some electricity.
One thing that I think a lot of Environmentalists in America really overlook is that humans are supposed to be part of an ecosystem. Humans are part of the food web; we fill an environmental niche, just as much as beavers and wolves do.
We are SUPPOSED to interact with the environment- the problem arises when we begin interacting with the environment in UNSUSTAINABLE ways. This idea that we should try to “return” the environment to the way it was “before” humans so so so often ignores the way that Indigenous people all over the world were (and are) an important part of their environments- and trying to “preserve” those places without people filling their ecological niche can cause harm in super weird ways.
You know how its shitty for deer populations if you take out all of the wolves? It’s just as bad if you stop all human hunting too. Humans hunting deer has been an important part of the food web for thousands and thousands of years! Deer populations NEED hunters- human, wolf, cougar- to stay healthy.
Yes- massive clear cutting of forests and strip mining is bad. HOWEVER, not allowing Indigenous people to practice traditional controlled burns of grass lands? Not only makes wildfires worse, but ALSO fucks up the bio-diversity of those grasslands. Totally unmanaged “pristine” grasslands without humans are actually less healthy than grasslands that are sustainably managed by people.
Mono-crop super farms are not good- but humans have been farming for thousands of years- tending for plants and increasing their yield, monitoring the soil, in ways that benefit those plants and the other animals that eat them, and the other plants that use that soil, and the insects that make their home there. Sustainable, diversified farming isn’t bad.
Laying out acres and acres of asphalt and oil pipelines? Bad. But digging natural cisterns in the dessert that catches rainwater for grazing animals to use? Benefits the entire ecosystem and all the animals in it.
We are part of the environment. We belong here. And the ecosystems that human beings evolved in and lived in need us just as much as we need them. We aren’t parasites on the planet, we are a part of it. It’s just that global capitalism has thrown us terribly out of balance. Colonialism and profit-seeking are the problem- not human beings existing.
The goal of environmentalism should not be to protect nature by keeping humans totally separate from it, but rather to restore balance with our interactions with nature, for sustainable practices that help us coexist with the ecosystems that we are part of. That we have been a part of forever. And that is hard with billions of people on the planet, yes, and we will need to be clever and resourceful and thoughtful to find ways of restoring that balance, it will take a lot of people working together to find those answers- but humans’ greatest trait has always been our cleverness and our ability to work together.
I have a t-shirt and I have discovered what looks like a small manufacturing fault hole in it. I want to catch it before it gets bigger. The t-shirt is cotton, and the hole is about the size of a finger nail. What can I do about it? Do I patch it? Stitch it closed? Darn it? Idk how to go about it.
Good thing you caught it before it got bigger!
I've got two posts that might be of use to you about mending t-shirts:
Visible mending on t-shirts
Mending holes in t-shirts
You could stitch it shut, but that might cause the fabric to pucker if it's a large hole. You can cover up this puckering with a patch or some embroidery though. Darning is also an option, and so is adding a patch or ironing some fusible interfacing that's suitable for jersey across the hole.
Paolo Fanciulli is a sustainable fisherman in the town of Talamone near Tuscany. For many years, this 60-year-old fisherman has been battling the unsustainable and illegal practice of bottom trawling in his coastal home.
Fanciulli’s first move was to drop 126 cement structures into the ocean, which would destroy any trawling nets dragged across the seabed (which are expensive and time-consuming to replace). His next plan was to raise awareness of the issue by commissioning giant marble sculptures to drop into coastal waters and accomplish the same purpose.
Fanciulli’s original goal was two marble sculptures, but instead he has received 100--all as the result of sculptors donating their time and skill.
“The importance of the project is that we need some sensible consumption of resources. However the illegal industry is devastating everything and with this project we can send a message to the whole world to give back; not only to take.”
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The forces undermining our democracy, polluting our planet, and stoking hatred and inequality have many weapons at their disposal — lobbyists, media megaphones, and money to bribe lawmakers. But their most powerful weapon is cynicism. They’re betting that if they can get us to feel like we can’t make a difference, we will give up — and then they can declare total victory.
Which is why we have to keep up the fight even when feeling deeply discouraged.
I’m not going to pretend. There’s a lot to be discouraged about right now — from Manchin’s torpedoing of “Build Back Better” to the surging Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the politicization of public health, from the Republicans’ assault on voting rights to environmental disasters all over the world. My message to any of you who feel overwhelmed, disappointed, or ready to drop out: I get it.
I’ve been in the trenches for five decades and sometimes I despair as well. Again and again over the years I’ve seen hard-fought dreams go up in smoke. Or been sidelined. Or ridiculed. Or I’ve watched them succumb to bribery and corruption. Two of the leaders I counted on most in my lifetime were assassinated.
But notwithstanding all this, we are better today than we were fifty years ago, twenty years ago, even a year ago.
I can point out so many examples in our own country, or all across the world, where movements that were once small and stacked against seemingly impossible odds, ended up winning and making America and our earth a better place to live. From Martin Luther King, Jr., to Mahatma Gandhi, to more recent examples like Stacey Abrams and Greta Thunberg, people have repeatedly changed the course of history by refusing to believe that they couldn’t make a difference.
It’s not only the famous leaders who are agents of change. Movements are fueled by individuals giving their time, energy, and hope. Small actions and victories lead to bigger ones, and the improbable becomes possible.
Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of those who want to prevent progress more than a resistance that is undeterred.
This fight, this struggle, all these big problems, can be exhausting. No one can go all in, all the time. That’s why we need to build communities and movements for action, where people can give what effort they can, and can be buoyed in solidarity with others. Strengthening our resolve. Sharing information and analyses. Fortifying ourselves.
Over the next few years the fight will become even more intense. We are even battling for the way we tell the story of America. There are those who want to go back to a simplistic and inaccurate narrative, where we were basically perfect from our founding, where we don’t need to tell the unpleasant truths about slavery, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and all the other injustices.
But there is another story of America, one of imperfection but progress. In this story, which is far more accurate, reformers have changed this nation many, many times for the better. We got labor rights, civil rights, women's rights, and LGBTQ rights. We got clean water laws and clean air laws, and health insurance for most Americans. We’ve torn down Confederate statues and expanded clean energy. We’ve got a new generation of young, progressive politicians determined to make the nation better. The list goes on and on.
The outcome of the fight ahead will not be determined by force, fear, or violence. It will be decided on the basis of commitment, tenacity, and unvarnished truth.
Here’s my deal. I’ll continue to give you the facts and arguments, even sprinkle in drawings and videos. I’ll do whatever I can to help strengthen your understanding and your resolve. Please use the facts, arguments, drawings and videos to continue the fight. To fight harder. To enlist others.
If at any time you feel helpless or despairing, remember that the struggle is long, that progress is often hard to see in the short term, and that for every step forward regressive forces are determined to push us backwards. Also remind yourself that the fights for democracy, social justice, and a sustainable planet are necessary and noble, that the stakes could not be greater or more important, and that we will — we must — win.
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