Manifesto

I grew up in the North-West of Europe, in the Netherlands to be precise, where capitalism and consumerism have been leading principles since the nineties. Me and my sisters must have shared over twenty barbies and every birthday and Christmas there’d be piles of gifts to unpack. Buying cheap clothing was the accompanying norm. I would go and buy clothes with my friends during school breaks. We’d have small budgets and want to buy a lot, so we’d only go to fast-fashion chains like H&M, Coolcat, Bershka and later Primark. We didn’t consider the quality of garments, or how often we would wear them. At the time, we didn’t know any better.

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Organic vs Sustainable (or Responsible) Cotton

Hema is a Dutch brand where I love to buy my undergarments. It has been a household name in Netherlands for decades, known for its nice stores and good quality products. Most garments either have a label that says ‘biological cotton’, or ‘responsible cotton’. This gave me the impression that my undies were honestly and sustainably produced. The other day I was in one of the stores and my eye fell on these labels again. I wondered: what is the difference between biological and responsible cotton?

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de stad op kweek

steeds vaker stoppen zwarte Tesla’s op klaarlichte dag aaneengesloten in de straten. verschijnen uit synchroon geopende portieken in lange wanten gestoken handen gooien bruine zakken vol etensresten naast de stoep. glasbakken stoppen ze vol luiers en kerstbomen. hield de coalitie de afvalcontainers niet dagenlang gesloten dan sloopten zij de vol-sensoren eruit.

hun verzet verzamelde in het hulst van de ondergrondse. waar kiemen torenhoog dropen om kernwaarden te evenaren. sindsdien laten ze kinderen probiotisch Maaswater drinken en metropalen likken. geen steriele levens met a-topische symptomen. de weerstand van Rotterdammers is hoog.