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A Cappella

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A Cappella – it’s all about harmony and sisterhood

Story by Marianne Kresse,  Photos supplied by Armella Pratt

Did you know that Hervey Bay has its own A Cappella Chorus? If not, let me take this opportunity to introduce you to this rather remarkable group of women who are about to represent the Fraser Coast in one of the largest and most exciting endeavours of their Choruses’ singing history.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting this very vibrant and energetic group of ladies as they were  rehearsing at Hervey Bay RSL in preparation for competing in a national A Cappella competition being held in Hobart on May 17 and 18, 2019. The group is associated with the international Sweet Adeline Group of quartets and choruses with Australia being part of its Region 34. The convention in Hobart is a celebration of Region 34’s, thirty years of being part of the larger world group and the event is stacking up to being a big one. The A Cappella Bay Singers will be competing in both the Chorus and Quartet competitions. The group’s quartet name is Attune.

Judges look for showmanship, sound, music and expression.

With 25 quartets and 17 choruses registered to compete, there will be 700 individuals participating in the huge event being held at Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino. It is expected that the in house audience will be as many as a thousand people. The magnitude of the event has naturally got our own girls from The A Cappella Bay Singers both excited and nervous. They will sing two songs and be on stage for around seven minutes. But to get here has been hard work.

“Preparation for this has been two to three years in the making,” Chorus Director Helena said.

A Cappella Bay Singers were previously known as Seabelle Singers who has been going for over 10 years.  The current Group A Cappella Bay Singers is now a collaboration of Seabelle Singers and Soundwave Chorus.  The two choruses have amalgamated into one huge family.

“We’ve become a blended family, a sisterhood of harmony,” they all agreed in unison.

The group is made of 25 singers plus their director Helena, with ages ranging from girls aged 13 to women in their seventies. Songs range from the classical including ‘Where is your Heart’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ to pop hits such as Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’. A Cappella singing is all about harmony without using musical instruments. To achieve this the chorus is divided into four groups: tenors, leads, baritones and basses with each group needing to learn their own parts. Each week, each group has its own 90-minute rehearsal in preparation before joining the whole group in a demanding but very fulfilling two-and-a-half-hour session every Monday.

“It’s hard work!” new member Betty Kimber said.

“It takes a lot of concentration and focus to learn how to breath the right way especially when holding the long notes.”

Jodie Kimber, Betty’s daughter, who joined the group in January this year said “It’s actually quite a workout and can be exhausting!”

Betty laughed and added, “We all get rather hot!”

“You learn your notes, then your words and then how to breathe.”

The A Cappella Bay Singers currently has three tenors, five baritones, eight basses and the remainder leads which is a good mix, though a few more basses would be welcome.  The group is not made up of experienced singers and openly welcomes anyone who loves to sing and wants to be part of something fun as well as social. To join the group you need only do an audition that consists mainly of singing the scales and from this it is determined which of the four groups you belong.  There is no judgement as to whether you can sing or not. It is a very supportive group that have grown together and spend their time helping the community by doing fundraising and attending social events such as singing in nursing homes and performing at the RSL. They have also been invited by Dean from Café Balaena in Urangan to sing at Christmas or at birthday parties.

You can watch their performances live through webcast at

Http://www.sweetadelines.org.au/convention/

 

You can catch them at :

  • 28/04/19 – Family and Friends Concert  from 1pm to 2pm St John’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Dooling and Gilston Road
  • 07/05/19 – Biggest Morning Tea and Sing Out.   Hervey Bay RSL
  • 11/05/19 – High Tea Fundraiser from 2pm to 4pm St John’s Anglican Church Hall, cnr Dooling and Gilston Road

If you would like to book them for future events or are interested in joining please contact their team coordinator Christa Leeb on 0414 256 178.

Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Art Auction

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The Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre’s inaugural art auction took place on Friday, April 19.  Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre CEO Tanya Stevenson thanked local auctioneer Craig Winter for orchestrating the event and helping raise more than $2000 for various homelessness initiatives throughout Queensland.

“Craig had 95% of the art on hand and we were just waiting for the right event to attach it to. The opening of the Wandering Teapot and Kindness Garden was the perfect opportunity,” Tanya said.

“We had such a wide variety of art, from eighteenth century through to modern eclectic art.  There was something for everything and everything was very reasonably priced.”

Tanya said the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre hoped the art auction would become an annual event which would be held around Easter each year.

Bayside Transformations

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From Gutter to Glory

Success stories from Bayside Transformations

Ice destroys lives. It tears families apart. But Joshua Alsop and Zack Walthall are living proof that the destruction caused by a methamphetamine addiction does not have to be the end of the line.

The two Hervey Bay men both checked in to Bayside Transformations Rehabilitation Centre during 2018 and have successfully ditched their addictions and turned their lives around. Both men have reconnected with their loved ones, citing a love for their families as the driving force behind their recovery.

Zack and Josh share a story of hitting rock bottom and losing everything important in their lives, but the two men had very different paths leading them through the gates of Bayside Transformations.

Zack, 24, came from a stable home and with consistency and routine.

“I had everything that a kid would need to stay on track. Despite this, I always had a sense of not fitting in. I lived and breathed rugby league, but I always felt I had to perform to feel like I belonged.”

Zack said he started smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in the early years of high school and dropped out of school in Year 9. A few years later he’d given up everything, including sport, for drugs.

“I first touched methamphetamines when I was 16. At the time it was a good uplift, I could socialise, I was more confident, but this was only short-lived. A couple of years down the track, I was in jail and had lost all my family. I had DVOs from my mother who was the biggest support in my life. I was stealing from my brothers and my dad – my whole moral compass was lost through the drugs.”

Zack said he first came into the Bayside Transformations program in 2016 but left prematurely after 8 months.

“I went back out there and the drugs got worse and worse. It got to point where I didn’t care who found out, I’d lost my sense of worth completely.

“Now I’m here for the second time and I’ve been awakened to what’s important in my life – my family, myself, and people who are lost in the world.

“What I put my family through is horrific, I wish it never happened but I can’t go back in time. They’ve forgiven me and I’ve forgiven myself.”
Zack said he was in the last two stages of the program which were about serving and helping others.

“Addiction robs you blind, it robs who you are and your family. I can see it from the outside now and I won’t go back to that. I’m passionate about helping people come out of what I’ve been through.”

Josh, 35, is one of Bayside Transformations’ most recent graduates. In contrast to Zack’s story, Josh said he came from an unstable home after his father left and his mother partnered with an abusive alcoholic.

“I didn’t want to be at home so I stayed out. I started smoking at 9 which lead to smoking pot at school at 13,” Josh said.

“I was selling pot at school and was kicked out of school at 14. My family put me on a trawler which is the worst thing they could have done. I got into methamphetamines and hid that through my job.

“I had a relationship and kids. She was a good partner, not a user, but I turned into that devil stepfather I had. She stayed with me as long as possible but left, and through my addictions I lost my kids to child safety.

“I was a single father to one of my girls, but I was producing methamphetamines in my own house and was raided. They took my daughter away from me, which was fully understandable.

Josh said at this point he’d lost everything.

“I’d worked so hard to get my daughter. Only 18 months ago I was in hospital weighing 52kg. In hospital they said to ring here, I had been to Bayside Transformations in 2015 but only lasted four days. But they had planted a seed and I returned.

“I was still rattled but I fully surrendered to the process. I needed that help, I was broken and out of control. What God has done in my life, what this place has done in my life – I’ve now got my kids back in my life, I’ve got my licence and I’m completing a Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs. This is opening doors to paid jobs, but for now I’m happy to volunteer and give back to what saved my life.

“To have my family back in my life and rebuild those relationships is the biggest thing for me. It’s heartbreaking to see the damage we have done but when we are stuck in addiction we don’t see it because we are numbing the pain.”

Josh is now Bayside Transformation’s House Supervisor. He stays on the premises and looks over the guys.

“One the greatest thing about Bayside Transformations is watching people change. We see them come in broken and watch them blossom like a flower. They find out who they really are. The DVOs get lifted, families start strolling in and they start rebuilding those relationships,” Josh said.

Zack said the term ‘from gutter to glory’ rang so true in the rehabilitation program.

“People come straight off the street, they are spiritually, mentally and physically spent. Some of the transformations we see are just inspiring – we see people take accountability for their own lives and want change for themselves,” Zach said.

“These transformations are from the inside out. You’ve got to start on the inside and only then will you start to the exterior change around you as well.”

Dial A Driver – A story of Irony

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Dial A Driver (D.A.D) is a company created by owner Rob Braddock that has been servicing Hervey Bay and Maryborough since 1984. It is currently in the process of setting up franchises, hoping to introduce its remarkable service Australia wide, with the first franchise starting soon in the Sunshine Coast. The companies core business is keeping drivers who are over the limit off the street by letting one of his D.A.D drivers drive the customer home in their own vehicle. A second employee follows in a D.A.D car ready to pick up their partner once the customer is safely home. The service differs from Uber or taxis as it aims at not only getting the driver home safely but also their car. The convenience of this service is undoubtable as it also prevents the hungover customer from driving the next day to pick up their vehicle while still quite possibly over the legal limit.

On 12th January 2019 one of the Dial A Driver cars was written off in what could only be called a horrific accident. The irony of the accident was that the person driving the 4WD vehicle that ran into the driver side/back of the small D.A.D vehicle was allegedly way over the limit and should not have been on the road driving. The impact of the accident compacted the Kia to the point that the back seat of the car was rammed up against the drivers with the drivers door inoperable. The driver of the D.A.D vehicle a woman over six feet tall was lucky not to have sustained serious injury to her legs as she was crushed up against the dashboard. As it is, her shoulder is still being treated, months after the event. The passenger also a D.A.D employee was also lucky to sustain minimum injury though both driver and passenger suffered shock over the incident.

This story is not a new one, but it never ceases to amaze that no matter how many warnings governments advertise, no matter how many fines and penalties the police and government enforce, the message still eludes a small minority within our community. That the ignorance and selfishness of a few has the ability steal the life of a mother from her children, a daughter from her parents, a loved one from their family is beyond acceptable.

It was shear luck that no one died in this accident, but the warning is clear,

If you drink, do not drive!

Drive Smarter – Dial-A-Driver

Rabbit Pattern

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To start off with, I decided to make the bunny out of easy obtainable items found in your nearest Spotlight store. He has been made with a white synthetic fabric with contrasting linen fabrics to add a little colour and personality. There’s no rules to type of fabric you make your bears and rabbits, it’s all according to your taste – faux fur, mohair or strong cotton fabric … one colour or multiple. The main thing is to have fun with it.

When using fur fabrics, please be aware of the direction on the fur. The pattern pieces have been marked to show the direction they should go and whether the pattern needs to be reversed.

As for preparing the fabric before sewing, I’m a fan of anti-fraying the edges, no matter what fabric I am using – better to be safe than sorry. For those who do decide to use antifray, tracing your pattern pieces on fabrics with pen can make the ink run, so when using a light fabric, a lead pencil is ideal.

What you will need:

  • WHITE FOX FUR – OPTIC WHITE – this fabric is very good quality and has little stretch.This fabric is 148cm in length, I used around 30cm but if your inexperienced maybe purchase 40cm to be sure. (I purchased my Fabric from Spotlight)
  • Contrasting fabric if desired*
  • Good quality cotton for sewing
  • Upholstery cotton for heavy duty tasks
  • Embroidery cotton for the nose
  • Polyester filling for stuffing
  • Sharp pointed scissors for cutting
  • Narrow long nose pliers
  • Doll needle
  • Needles and pins
  • Leather or felt for the backing of the eyes ( optional )
  • Cardboard for template ( optional )
  • 12mm hooped glass eyes
  • Timber joints 30mm discs set ( I recommend the cotter pin as it is easier. )

Photo copy the pattern and cut the pieces out.  I recommend tracing the pattern on a piece of cardboard to preserve the template.

Please take notice: virtually all the pieces have REVERSE pieces.

Let’s get started!

Lay your fabric out on a flat surface with the pile going down and start laying your pieces on the fabric. When using a contrasting fabric for the ears you will need 2 fur ears and 2 Reverse contrast ears. Contrast foot pads will be traced on the alternate fabric.

Play around a little with the pieces to work out how to get the most of your fabric. Once satisfied, trace around your template onto the fabric, matching the arrows to the pile of the fur. When adding the markers, place the marker on the outside of the pattern, this will prevent movement of the template. Once you have traced a piece onto the fabric, put the markers on the inside of the pattern, this way the markers are there after you cut your pieces.

It’s important to take care when cutting the fabric. Only the back should be cut. If you rush through this stage, there is a greater chance that you will cut the fur.

Using sharp scissors, carefully cut the fabric. At this point, I would trim/shave the nose area on the head gusset.

If you have chosen fur for the inner ear and foot pads then I would do those too.

Head

Pin the head sides pieces together from A to B – tucking the fur in as you go, this will make sewing easier. Then sew.

Now pin the head gusset in place A to B, sew one side of the head first from the nose down to the neck. Repeat for the other side, from nose to neck. Myself, I hand sew all my bears – sewing machines and I don’t get along very well. So, this part might be a little difficult for a novice, I would recommend a quick hand stitch around the nose area to keep the fabric in place, machine sew and then unpick your hand stitches. This will help to keep the face proportioned.

Turn head right side out and fill with stuffing. Loose fill for a toy or firm for a collectable – the choice is yours. Though as you are going to embroider a nose, a firmer fill in the nose area will make embroidering easier. Now using your upholstery cotton, sew a gathering stitch along the base of the neck opening. Pull the gathering threads without knotting, here you can test to see if your happy with the shape and the amount of filling in the head.

Timber joint

Slip the metal washer, then the timber disc onto the cotter pin. Put the head of the cotter pin and disc into the neck area, pull gathering stitch tightly close to the disc and knot very securely. You don’t want this knot to break or come loose, so I knot on one side of the pin, then the other side and repeat. Last thing you want is the head coming off. You should have most of the cotter pin sticking out. Put head aside for later.

Body

Pin the body together, using markers and sew from A to B and C to D. The gap between A and D is only small, it needs only to be a little bit bigger than the cotter pin, enough for movement. Keep the body inside out for later.

Arms

Same as body. Pin together using markers, sew from A to B. Leaving a gap for joint and stuffing.

Legs

Pin together using markers. Sew from A to B and C to D.

Foot pads – pin A foot pad to A leg piece. Once again, I would recommend a quick slip stitch or hand stitch if possible, a foot pad is very visible when the fur is brush away. You want a neat finish.

Jointing

You should have marked where the joints should go. You need to create a hole where the markers are. Preferably, you don’t want to cut the fabric, this is an area where movement will continuously occur, you don’t want to weaken the area. Using a skewing stick, gently push the point of the stick through the marker, leaving the threads in tack. Rotate the stick to enlarge the hole. Time to turn the piece right side out and insert your joint from inside the limb (this applies for both arms and legs). Once all the joints are in you can begin stuffing. Myself, I prefer to put a little filling in the area where the joints are first to ensure they don’t pop out. Finally ladder stitch the opening.

Ears

Pin together using the markers. If you’re a little worried about not getting the tips to meet perfectly, then I’d recommend sewing from B to A to B to A. Otherwise, if you’re confident, just sew from A to B to A. Turn right side out and stuff. Leave end open for now.

Face

Ok, at this point you need to be very patient as this can be time consuming. You now need to separate the fur on the muzzle from the fur on the side of the head. Lie your head flat on the table with the nose pointing to the ceiling, gather the fur on the muzzle and brush it up away from the head fur, brush the head fur down. When looking from the top of the muzzle, you want to see a nice round circle. If it’s not quite round, use a skewing stick, large needle to shape the fur more accurately. As pictured below. Once happy with the shape, with shape scissors, trim the fur about 3mm wide between the face fur and muzzle. Next step is to trim the fur between points A and B, again around 3mm. Trim the area where the nose will be embroidered, you should be able to notice the rounding of the cheeks forming now. Turn the head around so you can trim where the mouth will be. Trim the same shape you made for the nose, this should give you your round shape for the cheeks.

First step is to cut those peaks off the cheeks and start trimming, with very small snips until you have those puffy round cheeks. The closer you get to what you desire, the finer the snips. The pattern piece may help you here.

Nose

The nose shape can be your choice, some people like the square nose while other enjoy the triangle. Looking at my photo, a triangle shape would be more suitable. If you’re a novice to embroidery, I would make a template, make it a smaller than you want and position it on you rabbit face and trace it on lightly. Myself, I like to embroider the outline of the nose and then start embroidering from the centre to the sides. I feel that starting from the centre gives you a guide line, so you can work side to side until you have the desired finish. Myself, when finishing off my noses I like to exit on the left corner of the nose, run a long stitch along the top of the embroidered nose as an outline and enter in the right corner nose. This will give a neat finish to the top of the nose. Now you have entered the right nose, exit at the bottom tip for the nose  and enter the needle into the seam about an inch down from nose and exit where you would like the mouth to end, then slide the needle under the embroidered stitch on the centre seam and enter the point the opposite side of the mouth. Using this technique you have a perfect finish in the middle and will make it easier for you to mirror the angle and length of the mouth. Now head back up to the closest corner of the nose, run a stitch under the nose and exit to the other corner of the nose, repeat and cut – this way the mouth won’t undo itself.

Eyes

Using the template for the eye backing, trace on the fabric you want closest to the eye and cut out. Using the marking on the template, use the doll needle to pierce the marking to make a hole for the eye and push the eyes into their backing. Check to see if you like the positioning. You may like to have a larger backing, this will make the bear look younger and more feminine – if that is what you’d prefer, just make a slightly larger circle temple, make it into a tear drop and repeat instructions. If you’d like the second backing. Just trace the template to a contrast fabric and pierce the hole higher than the marker, this will give you a small outline on the outside of the eye.

Glass eyes

Time to get your upholstery cotton and cut a long piece. Thread one end into your hoop of your eye, repeat for the second eye. Using pins, preferably the ones with the coloured balls on the end, pin them into your bear to where you think you want your eyes. Do not position the in seam as this will weaken the area. Now check where you would like your ears to be positioned, once happy mark the spot with a pin. Using your use you doll needle with eye attached and enter your chosen position and exit on the opposite side of the head to where you marked your ear position. Remove one end of the thread from the needle and enter your needle in the same hole it just came out and exit 2mm left or right. This will separate the two threads making it possible to secure the eye with a tight knot.  Repeat for the other eye. Check that the eye positions are correct and level, also checking the backings are in the right position. With everything in the right place, slightly push the eye in, pull your threads and knot tightly. Rethread your doll needle with both threads, enter where the knot is and exit on the other side of the head and cut thread.

Assembling

Nearly done!  Take your skewing stick and create holes for the legs and arms. While the skewing stick is in the fabric, grab a pencil and mark the spot on the fur side, this will make finding the hole easier. Don’t worry the arm and legs will hide the marks – turn the body right side out. The head is the first piece to get attached as it is in a difficult spot to reach when everything is attached. Have your discs, washers and pliers ready. Push the head cotter pin through the top body opening, slip the timber disc on then the washer. Using your pliers, separate the two prongs of the pin. Take the pliers and firmly grasp the prong and begin to loop down until it touches the timber disc- this needs to be tight. Now loop the second prong. Repeat for arms and legs. Time to stuff the body and ladder stitch the back.

Ears

Feeling the side of your head, you should feel two dents where your eyes were knotted. These are the positions you marked for your ears. Pin your ears on and using your upholstery cotton sew the ears in place. Be aware, this will get messy as when you pull the cotton, you’ll drag in the fur. Keep brushing the fur away from the area you are working in as it is quite hard and annoying trying to pull the fur out when the cotton has been pulled tightly. Once the ear is sewn on, knot securely, enter the needle into the side of the head and out the other side, cut thread.

Tail

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Now for the final touch, take your tail piece and sew a gathering stitch around the edging with a long piece of upholstery cotton. Tighten but do not knot. Take some filling a stuff the tail, when happy, pull the threads, make one thread long and the short, pull tight, secure. Thread the short cotton into the needle and simply enter one end to the other and cut. Thread the long piece of cotton to needle. Pin tail into position sew tail on securely and knot. Enter needle into bunny, exit and cut.

And as a finishing touch, dress him/her with a ribbon.

Thank you

Bamboo vs Cotton vs Hemp

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I am often asked from where I source my inspirational stories. Is it from my worldly, educated grasp of current affairs? My uncanny ability at reading people, or maybe my remarkable knowledge of science, arts, animals….…and….stuff? Well I know what all of you are thinking right now… it’s all a bit unreal, you’re feeling out of your depth, awe swamping your senses as you contemplate what mind blowing event started me down the path of writing this article. In answer I have just one word..

Undies…

Yes undies! In my annual trek to find that elusive spectre… a pair of underpants that would not ride up, not pinch, keep me cool in this hot humid weather and not burn too much of a hole in my budget, I found myself encountering again and again a question that I had in the past barely given consideration.

Cotton versus bamboo?

As I delved further into this never ending pit trying to extract the science from reams of marketing blurb, I found my quest became one not merely of fashion and comfort but also one pertaining to greater issues such as sustainability and the effects on environment.

Fashion is one of the largest industries in the world and has always been plagued in controversy, from human right issues relating to child exploitation in third world countries, too low wages, to excessive pollution caused by chemical runoffs from factories. Fast, cheap, mass-produced fashion, mostly consisting of cotton mixed with synthetic fibres is quickly becoming one of the largest pollutants today. Often finding their way into our waterways and landfills, these too readily disposable synthetic products take over 200 years to breakdown.

Price has always been a factor in determining which products we buy, but with climate change rearing its ugly head in daily news coverages, more and more people are looking for natural alternatives, with the cost to environment being an important determining factor. Synthetic clothes may be cheap but they are not environmentally friendly. With this in mind there has started much debate over which natural fibres are the most sustainable.

Cotton has always been the most popular natural fibre and is often boasted as being the cheapest to produce. But cotton is generally heavily subsidised by governments to keep its price down. Cotton though we love it, however has a staggering cost to our environment. It takes 20,000 litres to produce one kilo of cotton, which in layman terms is one tee shirt and a pair of jeans. Cotton also requires an excessive use of pesticides which often end up finding their way into soils and water tables. Another issue is that the plant itself on harvest is dug up from the root making pesticide infiltration and soil stability an even greater problem. Cotton however is the toughest of the natural fibres being discussed in this article.

Bamboo on the other hand requires minimal water and can be grown in the most diverse of environments. It is also self-sustaining as it grows fast and is harvested from its base, leaving root systems established and soil stable. Bamboo also has other amazing advantages such as its ability to minimise carbon dioxide and produce 35% more oxygen than trees. The bamboo plant is indeed a remarkable thing to grow, but how does it measure up in producing environmentally friendly fabric? Much of the argument against bamboo is the chemical usage required to breakdown the incredibly tough stalks into the sludge required to run it through the spinnerets to create the thread for fabric. The process is quite extensive, but it must be noted that this is the same process used to breakdown cotton and wood for making rayon. The bamboo fibre is the weakest of our three and is usually strengthened with cotton.

Hemp, our final plant under focus, requires more water than bamboo, but significantly less than cotton. Hemp can produce two and a half times more fibre over the same acreage as cotton. It grows fast and requires little to no pesticides. Its large and complex root systems also remain intact during harvest thereby minimising soil erosion. Hemp also does not require the extensive chemical treatment to reduce it to fibres. It is however a very tough, coarse and strong fibre that limits its use in the making of clothing. It is a much more suited to producing tougher and more durable items such as bags and tea towels.

Providing they are not mixed with synthetics, all three are totally biodegradable.

So what does all this mean?

Buying 100% cotton though cheap, soft and natural has strong environmental and sustainability issues that cannot be ignored. The mix of this with synthetics is also becoming an environmental nightmare.

Buying 100% bamboo would see you spending more for a soft natural fabric that, because of the weaker fibres, may not last as long as cotton.

Hemp is great for bags but too tough and coarse for clothes.

In short we need all three of these natural products and we need to reduce our reliance on synthetics. Cotton being the softest yet strongest natural fibre is needed to boost the durability of bamboo. It’s cultivation however should be environmentally controlled so it is grown in regions with excessive water and not in areas where waterways are unnaturally diverted to meet the crops extensive water needs. Cotton use should also be restricted in areas where hemp can be substituted.

As consumers we drive the markets, our choices have the ability to change even the biggest of industries. Being more conscious of our decisions and buying will influence the way things are made. Anything we do to get back to more natural fibres and reduce the synthetics in our fabrics is a positive move. I ended up buying 96% bamboo 4% viscous underwear which are incredibly soft and durable, though not exactly cheap. It is hoped the durability and comfort will over time make up for the price.

Your choice may have been different, but as long as we all go into making our purchases with eyes wide open I think the world will be a better place, don’t you?