Recent Stories from Fibershed

Shedding Light on Sheep Shearing: 3-Part Series for Understanding the Shearing Process

How do we get from soil to skin? From raw fiber to finished clothing or goods? We might ask ourselves these questions about our food, but we rarely stop to think about it as deeply when it comes to our garments. This article helps to educate, demystify, and describe the sheep shearing process to create a richer understanding and respect for the process that provides wool for clothing and goods.

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Degrowth: An Economic Framework that Values Ecosystem Capacity, Human Dignity, and Self Sufficiency

The mainstream fashion industry’s supply chains are not linear but operate in an economy with a take, make, and waste production model. This model takes mass amounts of raw materials and releases carbon emissions into the atmosphere; uses exploited labor to make these materials into products; then those products are wasted and “thrown away,” usually to a landfill in a low-income community of color. The driving force for this production model is to create infinite amounts of profit by producing as many things as possible for as cheaply as possible. This necessitates destroying the earth and simultaneously exploiting low-wage workers, who are mostly women of color. This belief in endlessly growing the economy is one of the main reasons why the fashion industry has to be completely transformed. Luckily, alternatives exist and are being built at this very moment.

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