Slowood Summer 2020

The Regenerative Power of Soil

Text by Eugenia Chow Carbon is notorious for its contribution to climate change. Its ubiquitous presence in our atmosphere subjects it to vilification for environmental degradation. However, what people often fail to acknowledge, is that Carbon is not inherently bad. Carbon is the building block of life, and whether it becomes a problem or solution simply depends on a matter of balance.  The Earth has five pools of Carbon storage: The Atmosphere, Oceans, Biosphere, Fossil, and Soil. Currently, Carbon has been extracted from the Fossil pool, sending over 880 gigatons of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere—destabilising our climate. Excess carbon...

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Regenerative Textiles

Regenerative Textiles

Text by Eugenia Chow Currently, two-thirds of the world’s textiles are made with synthetic materials—mostly petroleum-based organic polymers (plastics) such as polyester, polyamide, and acrylic. On the other hand, cotton, the world’s most popular natural fiber, is responsible for 16% of the world’s insecticide use—despite comprising less than 3% of the world’s farmable land. Fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Each stage of production—from seed to fiber—contributes to the degradation of soil, pollution of water, and exploitation of labourers. Compounded by pervasive advertising campaigns that guilt consumers into chasing the latest style, fashion is a global industry...

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What are Superfoods?

Text by Eugenia Chow ‘Superfood’ is a buzzword that has undoubtedly picked up over the last few years. With a greater emphasis on health and wellness, individuals are now looking towards better nutrition to nourish their bodies.  In short, superfoods are foods that offer maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—essential nutrients for the body to thrive and fight against chronic disease and other deficiencies.  The majority of superfoods are found in nature, and this mostly includes foods such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, grasses, seaweed (or algaes), and leaves. Packed with nutritional density...

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REFLECT: FAIRTRADE & ETHICAL PRACTICE — Our Vision for a Just and Sustainable Future

REFLECT: FAIRTRADE & ETHICAL PRACTICE — Our Vision for a Just and Sustainable Future

Text by Eugenia Chow Another way we can reduce our impact is by supporting companies that engender a positive social, environmental, ethical, and economic impact. Sustainability is not limited to one’s environmental footprint, but also requires a careful examination of how one’s purchases may inadvertently support supply chains that could potentially harm people in the process. For example, many industries employ labour from developing countries where workers are treated unethically or are paid unfair wages. By supporting these industries, we support their practices. Instead, we should seek out companies that promote good practices and align with our values.  During the...

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