March 12, 2009

I'm outta here.

My apologies for being incommunicado for so long. Soon I'll be gone again for a while. I've decided to skip town for a few days. Flying to NYC (hopefully not landing on the Hudson) and then driving to visit relatives in Connecticut.

Before I go, I would like to remark that it ain't easy being green (just like Kermit said, only in a different context). I tried to buy environmentally friendly socks today. You know, made from bamboo or organic cotton. I found some, but one brand was made in Korea, another was made in China and the third was made in Sri Lanka. Why can't I find socks that are made from earth-friendly materials AND produced locally? Of course, we manufacture so few of our goods here in Canada that this problem is certainly not limited to socks.

Just felt like griping.

I'll check back in soon, y'all.


Jenny Harvey said...

Have a great trip Jen. I agree about the socks. I'm all for green socks, may draw the line at green tights (pantyhose)

bryanf said...

There's a lot more bamboo in Asia than here... :) But yep, likely the more correct answer is that very little is manufactured, or even assembled, in North America these days.

Calamity Jen said...

I can't stand pantyhose!

Bry, you're obviously right about the bamboo in Asia, lol, but I had figured that the hippies in B.C. would have been making socks out of native-grown bamboo by now. Alas, that is not the case. (Although I'm willing to bet that you can find plenty of hemp clothing in B.C.)

ryssee said...

Hey, we're going to NYC this weekend too. Wouldn't it be funny if we waited in line someplace together and never knew it?
Have a great trip.

ryssee said...

PS nothing like spending $8 on a pair of socks that flew 10,000 miles, huh?

alan said...

Hemp might well be your answer because of the growing seasons involved and the chemicals involved with cotton (if I remember some things I've read correctly). I might be afraid to wear them over the border, though!



Rob K said...

Jen, you're coming to the Apple?!

Drop me an email; I'd love to meet you in the real world if at all possible. Once you see Brooklyn, you'll never be the same.

Anonymous said...

Well if it's anything like Canadian lumber... the material is harvested > goes overseas for refining > goes to another country for manufacturing > and then another for assembly > sold to international retailers > sold back to us as consumers. It's a wonder that things are still affordable these days.

Anyhow, you're getting knitting needles, local cotton and a 'how to knit socks' manual for Christmas this year Jenni. :P