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Iwas halfway through the park on my way to work when I no­ticed a men­ac­ing-look­ing bank of black clouds to my left. The night be­fore, I’d been caught out­side with­out an um­brella when Toronto was drenched by a flash flood. I fig­ured I had enough time to make it to the sub­way. Wrong. Like the prover­bial car­toon char­ac­ter, a dark, hel­la­cious rain cloud sud­denly ap­peared above me and un­leashed its wet fury. Some­what iron­i­cally, I was lis­ten­ing to an Amer­i­can

Fash­ion pod­cast on sus­tain­abil­ity and the im­pact the fash­ion in­dus­try has on the en­vi­ron­ment. I took off my Ap­ple Air­Pods and lamely sought refuge un­der a tree sur­rounded by bushes. I was con­sid­er­ing my op­tions when one of the branches brushed against my hair. I froze. For­get about the rain. My in­side voice was scream­ing “Ticks!!! Run!!!” I had just read a story on Lyme dis­ease in which the writer sug­gests that it’s the first epi­demic of cli­mate change. In the spring, I had pulled one of th­ese blood-suck­ing arach­nids out from be­hind my left knee af­ter a hike in the Mar­ble Rock Con­ser­va­tion Area near Kingston, Ont. I sus­pect that the un­in­vited par­a­sitic guest had been on me for 48 hours be­fore we be­came ac­quainted. (For those of you who want the gory de­tails, I thought I was pulling out a sliver—un­til the “sliver” started wig­gling its legs around the tip of my tweez­ers. I was stand­ing in front of the mir­ror in my bath­room, so I was able to wit­ness the mo­ment of WTF hor­ror that flashed across my face.) To add to the irony of this scene—of me in the park get­ting soaked and dodg­ing ticks— we were work­ing on this month’s sus­tain­abil­ity-themed pack­age for The Draw. The cloth­ing in­dus­try is a sig­nif­i­cant pol­luter, right up there with oil, min­ing and agri­cul­ture. It’s easy to be over­whelmed, which is why we wanted our sto­ries to be real, rel­e­vant and hope­ful. To help us, we brought on guest edi­tor Sarah Jay. The Toronto-based stylist and sus­tain­abil­ity con­sul­tant is the creative di­rec­tor for Fash­ion Takes Ac­tion, the Cana­dian non-profit agency that helps com­pa­nies and con­sumers change their be­hav­iours to pro­mote pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pacts. Jay is also fin­ish­ing her first fea­ture film, which in­ves­ti­gates un­reg­u­lated tox­ins in per­sonal care prod­ucts. She pro­vided in­sight­ful guid­ance on our sto­ries, and she also styled our sus­tain­able cloth­ing and jew­ellery shoot on page 102. Af­ter read­ing about in­no­va­tors, like Matty Bo­van in “Small Is Beau­ti­ful” (page 96), and in­no­va­tions, like beauty prod­ucts that are be­ing made from food waste in “The Left­overs” (page 120), turn to page 126 and take our car­bon foot­print quiz cre­ated by our as­so­ciate edi­tor Pahull Bains. “Do­ing the re­search for this project made me re­al­ize just how quickly our daily de­ci­sions add up—but also that even the small­est changes we make can be sig­nif­i­cant,” Bains told me. “It was a wake-up call!” Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence isn’t al­ways go­ing to be as sim­ple as a walk in the park. But as I learned—phys­i­cally and metaphor­i­cally—it’s fool­hardy to ig­nore the dark clouds on the hori­zon.

It was a lovely bit of hap­pen­stance that we were able to shoot “In­te­gral Style” (page 34) at In­te­gral House in Toronto. Al­though this story doesn’t ap­pear in The Draw, sus­tain­abil­ity is at the heart of this home’s de­sign. Ac­cord­ing to Cana­dian Ar­chi­tect, there are 23 geo­ther­mal pipes be­neath the en­try drive­way that heat and cool the home’s awe-in­spir­ing per­for­mance space and the res­i­dence it­self. The other high­light for me is that this is the first time FASH­ION has cre­ated a Car­bonzero Cer­ti­fied is­sue. Thanks to Sarah Jay for the bril­liant idea and thanks to Holt Ren­frew’s H Project for their sup­port. To com­pen­sate for the emis­sions as­so­ci­ated with the pa­per used for this is­sue, we’ve do­nated funds to sup­port the South­ern Que­bec Af­foresta­tion Car­bon Off­set Project.


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