Can nudism save the planet?
Over the last fortnight our youngest was not at home with us and we did a lot of nude time. At the end of the first week when we went to do the laundry it was very obvious that there was not a lot of clothing to be washed and dried.
I had an epiphany - being a nudist is actually good for the environment. But how good? Could it help save the planet?
So I started looking for some data to make assessment of my epiphany, and its amazing just how good for the environment being a nudist is!
Here in Australia, in our most populated State (New South Wales) about 300,000 tonnes (metric tonnes) of discarded textiles goes to landfill each year. That means Australia wide there is about one million tonnes of discarded textiles going to landfill each year. Now to put that in perspective; the largest ships that carry coal have a cargo of around 250,000 tonnes - so each year Australia is putting to landfill the equivalent of four of these behemoth ship loads of textiles. Multiply that by 10 for Europe and then another 10 for the USA...you get the picture.
But that's just part of the story. In the USA each year each household does around 300 laundry loads. Annually each household consumes around 60,000litres of water to do this laundry. There is of course the electrical power consumed (and additional if you use a drier) plus the detergents added, and this is without even thinking of the environmental footprint of manufacturing the machines themselves.
So just like Meat Free Monday is aimed at reducing impact on the environment, perhaps we can start a Textile Free Tuesday...and work our way up to an air miles type scheme to reward folks for the total nude hours they clock up each month...
Just an idea - what are your thoughts?
It's a nice idea, but I doubt it would take hold. The biggest hurdle would be the cultural divide between nudists and those who will never approve of public nudity. There was a news item recently in Florida which is very nude tolerant about a Swiss couple that was surprised that being nude in the back yard pool area of their rented house would casuse the police to be involved. The American teen girls who were living across the canal thought the naked man they saw was just disgusting. It seems that nude men are considered more disgusting than nude women.
It is an interesting question, and I wonder what impact it would actually have. This may be a male/female thing, but the females I have an association with put everything in the laundry even if only tried on to check the look. I on the other hand will put on a shirt and shorts to go out to the mailbox or run a quick errand and not think twice about putting it on again for the same reason.
For most people it would be a seasonal thing. Not wearing clothing in cold weather indoors in winter would probably do more environmental damage by running the heat higher than what is saved by not manufacturing, washing and disposing of clothing.
On the other hand, there would be additional savings in warm weather by not having to run the air conditioner as much.
Dont believe nudism as it has currently being understood can. But naturism can. naturism was always about care for the environment and respect for others along side social nudity. So all the things you describe apply to the current definition of naturism which has always had an ecological and societal focus while nudism has come to be define as just being naked.
This quote from Lee Baxandall a pioneer of American naturism and founder of the Naturist Society suggests the societal and ecological ethos behind naturism.
Naturists seek a remedy .... to civilization that has turned dangerous. Naturism is a civilized characteristic
I agree with what you say re male and female nudity and the general bias in the population toward male nudity being 'more disgusting'. And that is a problem that in many ways is self fulfilling due to the way a certain percentage of males sadly behave. You only have to go to a legal beach here to see what happens in the back dunes and bushland to understand this.
But the overall thrust here is to gain greater public acceptance and being understood as environmentally friendly may just help others see our community differently but also hopefully gain more participation.
That's why I said it would be seasonal for many people.That and the fact that the Fabric Softener lobby has far to much influence in our politics.
I remember a fabric softener commercial from the 60s that said nothing is as comfortable as wearing nothing, but since you have to wear something use (our product).
Naturism can definitely have a significant impact on reducing our drain on earth's resources and reducing damage. Provided it were adopted widespread. However 'save the planet'? Nothing is going to save the planet when our Creator has decreed it's total destruction. But then He's stated His plans to recreate it, returning it back to Eden status. And that's when naturist paradise will return worldwide for all survivors to enjoy. How to be a survivor is the only question to address. With a perfect environment to enjoy, there won't be any sin/evil to mess it up, and so logically everyone who survives must leave their sin/evil behind, give it up, repent and obtain pardon, so they can have a clean record to qualify for it.