One I Watch: John Thackara

From John Thackara’s latest post on what literally sustainable fashion could look like:

Keep Your Stuff Alive

Reconnecting with the neglected qualities of material, it emerged, is a key to system transformation. For the global system, the things around us are lifeless, brute, and inert. Trained into this perception of the world, we fill up our houses, land and oceans with junk.


“cared-for clothes are not static objects, but matter in motion”

The idea that things might be ‘vital‘ was once commonplace. For the Roman philosopher Lucretius, in his epic work On the Nature of Things, everything is connected in a world of matter and energy. That sense of things as vital is re-emerging..

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