Regenerating Our Textile Systems Courses
Fibershed’s online courses to learn how we can meet urgent climate goals through regenerating relationships between production and consumption.
Session 1: Defining Regeneration for Fiber & Textile Systems
From carbon cycling to creative supply chain partnerships, this session explores the fundamental connections between atmosphere and soil. We explore the practical ways to balance risk in the supply chain to meet our climate goals. Below, you’ll find resources mentioned by each speaker and topical information for further reading, as well as a Q&A packet answering the audience questions that came in during the live session.
Dr. Jeff Creque, Director of Rangeland and Agroecosystem Management at the Carbon Cycle Institute, on the Earth’s Carbon Cycle and Earth’s Energy Battery
- Application of Life Cycle Assessment to Sheep Production Systems
- Human Domination of the Biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth space battery foretells of the future of humankind
Gopal Dayaneni, ETC Group
- Movement Generation, Planning Committee: how the Exploitation of People is at the Root of Exploitation of Natural Resources
- Transition is Inevitable, Justice is Not: A Critical Framework For a Just Recovery
- Our Power Film// Black Mesa Water Coalition
Nishanth Chopra, founder of Oshadi Studio and organizer of the Prakriti Fibershed Affiliate
- The importance of anabolism in microbial control over soil carbon storage
- Fibershed, Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy; Chapter Five (Implementing the Vision with Plant-Based Fibers)
- Photo of Nishanth Chopra’s Farming site. Photo courtesy of Christy Dawn and Mairin Wilson.
Sarah Bellos, founder, and CEO of Stony Creek Colors
General References from Fibershed for the COVID-19 Epoch
- Disease as a Driver for Change: Reflections Through the Lens of Ecology
- 5 Ways You Can Strengthen Our Fibershed While Sheltering in Place
- Staying Connected and Supporting Our Fibershed Amid Coronavirus
Questions & Answers – linked here
Session 2: Designing for True Circularity & Biological Systems
This course frames the circularity within the capacity and design of natural systems, including a San Francisco Bay case study on micro-plastic fiber.
Beth Rattner, Executive Director and Megan Schuknecht, Director of Design Challenges, Biomimicry Institute
Diana Lin, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Margot Lyons, Manager, Production + Sustainability, Coyuchi
Kristy Caylor, CEO, For Days
Questions & Answers – linked here
Session 3: Deepening Impact Assessments toward Social & Climate Goals
Ever wondered about life cycle assessments and how they are created? LCAs are what is used to develop the ‘carbon footprint’ for a pair of pants or a shirt and they are meant to guide the wearer towards improved and environmentally thoughtful decision making. In the August 31st webinar we explored details of what is traditionally in a life cycle assessment, and hear from scientists and labor organizers about the depths of textile creation processes that have been traditionally omitted from life cycle assessments, and how we can work together to better understand what a decision-making framework for our clothing could look like that has the potential to address the most pressing climate and social justice issues of our time.
Dr. Marcia DeLonge, Research Director and Senior Scientist in the Food & Environment Program at Union of Concerned Scientists
Paige Stanley, Doctoral Researcher at UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management
Annie Shaw, Outreach Coordinator at the Garment Worker Center
Teresa Garcia, Garment Worker Center Member
Led by Rebecca Burgess, founder and Executive Director of Fibershed
Question & Answers – linked here
Session 4: 2020 Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium — Healthy Soil and Sea: Changing the Flow of Fashion
The 9th annual Fibershed Symposium focused on how natural fiber and dye systems can positively impact soil and sea.
From the landscape to the seascape, the largest active carbon pools on planet earth are where we humans work, and where the impacts of our lives are made evident. When textiles are drawn from fossil carbon reserves and spun into plastic clothing, we see ripple effects from climate destabilization to microplastic pollution. Extractive industries undermine our value systems — from the pressures of overproduction on garment workers to the excesses of disposable clothing.
In land-based fiber and dye systems, we see living examples that restore soil health and change the course of fashion and agriculture’s impact on waterways. Reconnecting to bioregional and cultural models of production, we can contribute to our oceans’ health and well-being, our soils, our manufacturing sector, and our fiber and dye sovereignty.
We heard from scientists, community leaders, landscape managers, and designers: together, we grew our understanding of:
- Why the modern wardrobe is damaging life in the soil and sea
- How natural fiber and food systems can be managed to enhance soil and watershed health, including on-the-ground examples from Northern California and Fibershed Affiliates
- Ways in which Indigenous fiber stewardship and Black-centered fiber traditions are in a relationship with ecosystems
- What it would look like to meet our clothing needs and provide fair compensation to all who contribute to fiber, fabric, and finished goods