SAFSF Special Project on Sustainable Fibers and Textiles
Great strides have been made in reforming the U.S. food system over the past decade. At the same time, a closely related part of the agricultural system, with equally significant impacts on environmental and human health, has been largely overlooked: fiber and textile production.
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Over the past 6 years, SAFSF has played a leading role in the development of funder interest and information-sharing in the area of sustainable fibers and textiles. SAFSF’s program offerings in this area include:
At the 2018 SAFSF Forum Funder In-Depth session on sustainable fiber and textiles, funders and investors present emphasized specific, immediate needs for data and case studies to incentivize increased investment in sustainable textile infrastructure. Experiences from the food movement show that a coordinated, strategic roadmap is critical to make the best use of integrated philanthropic and investment support.
To meet these needs, the Roadmap project will use an interview-driven research process to deliver a written report and a visual roadmap identifying the types of funds (grants, PRIs, loans, investment capital, etc.) needed over the next 5-7 years and when they would have the greatest impact. It will focus on three key areas—California, the Northeast, and North Carolina—as well as a few individual projects in the Midwest and Southwest—that are poised to implement carbon farming practices and where economic inequity and environmental justice burdens could be ameliorated through strategic fiber system funding and investments. Our proposed roadmap will provide a concrete guide for bringing these dollars to the ground in local communities.
The Roadmap Team:
Common Threads Consulting
Calla Rose Ostrander
People Food and Land Foundation
Special thanks to the Advisory Committee members for the Textiles Roadmap project, who are providing critical guidance and connections that will also help shape the development of SAFSF’s Special Project on Sustainable Fiber and Textiles going forward.
• Sarah Bell, 11th Hour Project
• Rebecca Burgess, Fibershed
• Virginia Clarke, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
• Scott Cullen, GRACE Communications Fund
• Sarah Ebe, Patagonia
• Eric Henry, TS Designs
• Arani Kajenthira, Walton Enterprises
• Scott Leonard, Indigenous Designs
• Roger Milliken, Baskahegan Company
• Esther Park, Cienega Capital
• Lewis Perkins, Apparel Impact Institute
• James Rogers, The North Face
• Mark Watson, Boston Impact Investors/Fair Food Fund