Category: Research

Unpacking ‘Sustainable’ Fashion

“Sustainability, as defined and measured in fashion, is currently an elitist, even imperialistic concept,” says Veronica Kassatly, analyst and consultant for data-based sustainability claims. In this four-part series, Kassatly examines how Western brands, consumers, and activists define the conversation around sustainability, based on their own interests and cultural values. She brings light to unfounded assertions about the long-lasting fiber traditions of wool, silk, and alpaca production in an effort to map out better solutions for moving toward “sustainable” fashion that is truly sustainable and socially just.

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Takeaways From the 2021 Carbon Farm Fund Report

Bringing producers, artisans, and policy together has the potential to increase fair payments to farmers to support more ecologically sound farming practices while providing a premium product to regional artisans and creators. Read our takeaways from the 2021 Carbon Farm Fund Report to understand the variety of ways we support on-the-ground climate beneficial land-management practices for more resilient fiber systems.

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Fibershed Solutions to Microplastic Problems: Why textiles need to be at the core of California’s action on microplastics

SF Bay water sample for microplastics testing

By Jess Daniels This is a big year for a vast yet microscopically small problem: microplastics. California is set to begin a series of regulatory and policy efforts aimed at understanding, measuring, and strategizing to mitigate the plastic smog that blankets our waterways, soils, and even air. With more than 7 Trillion microplastic particles pouring annually […]

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