The word basic is so beautiful, simple and somewhat overlooked. 'Basic' is defined as 'Forming an essential foundation, the starting point, the fundamental'... For me, knowing I am wearing or sleeping in the essential foundation of nothing toxic, laden with chemicals and no child labour is the most powerful foundation I could dream of. Knowing what is in the clothes you wear and have close to your skin every day is so important. I recently was in the gathering of 5 friends and I challenged them to look at the labels of their clothing. Synthetic, viscose, polyester, rayon and nylon were the words embedded in all of the labels and that too of some well known eco brands. So these words are basically other words for plastic, plastic, plastic and more plastic.
The importance of questioning and asking what the label means is a fascinating learning journey of how plastic is sneakily snuck into pretty much everything we wear and use and knowing how the product became its soft textile state is another learning curve of chemical and toxic processing especially in the case of bamboo.