Almost every student around the globe learns about them in elementary school – but have we as a world culture forgotten about what an ecosystem is an how it functions?
An ecosystem is defined as a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system. Remember building them in a shoe box in science class? What our elementary minds did, or didn’t realize as we placed each tree in its proper place in the shoe box, was that our society is slowly destroying the very ecosystem in which we live.
Pollutants like carbon and other greenhouse gasses that are emitted as part of the way we manufacture, distribute, use and dispose of products. Processes like photosynthesis aren’t functioning as they should because of too much carbon in the atmosphere, and our planet and home is slowly warming up. Leaders like Al Gore have made it part of their lives’ mission to share the truth about how humans are harming the ecosystem. But what are you doing about it?
“How dare we be optimistic?” asks Gore. “You must become the change you wish to see in the world.”
+Beryll designer Sigmar Berg has been the change he wishes to see in the fashion industry ever since he founded the +Beryll brand. Each and every piece crafted by Berg and his team of artisans is made with the environment in mind, and the +Beryll brand is beyond conscious of its carbon emissions.
Synthetic fibres and processed natural fibres consume energy and leave behind toxins while natural textiles are carbon neutral. +Beryll bags, belts, jewelry and jackets are crafted from all natural leather and the T-shirts and cashmere from organic materials. When you combine the fabrics with the manufacturing process, which is done locally in Los Angeles, the total carbon emissions of a +Beryll piece when compared to a polyester dress made in China are extremely low.
Buying hybrid cars and changing to energy efficient lightbulbs isn’t enough – the world has to be the change they want to see and start investing in clothing and accessories that contribute to that change.
Our message is this : support local brands and manufacturers!