I am building a revolution of Passive Anarchy. Hashtag #kNiTpUnK and/or #PassiveAnarchy so I can find you on the interwebz. Come join me… Click here: —-> Hell yeah! I’m In!
We are killing ourselves. I am sure you know this.
We need to be better and better about leaving no mark on the face of this earth and maybe even help it heal from the marks of those who came before us.
There is a growing awareness of health and sustainability when you talk about farming and food. About decreasing litter and waste. About ditching petroleum products. About doing what is kind to the earth and allows for repair.
I want you to join me in looking at this from a fiber standpoint. We need to do more than just “eat” well. We need to be conscious of all the materials we use/wear so that the goods we live in are also items that are healthy to us and the world we live in.
When you get yarn, you may be assuming that it is “sustainable” in how it was made, but that is not necessarily the case. As a fiber artist, I have an interest in using great quality from sustainable sources. Sadly, many items are attempting to catch your eye as sustainable by using phrases like ‘fair trade” and “carbon footprint”. Sadly, these are only a few buzzwords in a culture that is getting louder at attempting to shed the pronoun “disposable.”
To quote Exchanging Fire “The yarn industry has jumped wholeheartedly into this natural movement; an understandable leap, since knitting and crocheting are all about making your own products, after all. There are those who specialize only in vegan- and vegetarian-friendly yarns, companies touting that they sell “wildcrafted” silk (in other words, they don’t boil the silkworms alive), and fair trade companies promoting the hand dyed yarns of “disadvantaged artisans” from around the world.”
Have you considered what ti takes to create the fibers that are not easily identifiable as wool? May wool animals ov various varieties are sheared. There is no harm to the animal and actually allows for healthier skin. These animals are loved, shown and papered. Yes folks, there is competition fiber staple events out there. But what about bamboo, silk, or… RAYON, POLYESTER, AND…? These synthetics and some naturals that have been treated have notabley hard handling on our earth. Industrialization is not always a good option.
There is an awesome amount of information if you just know where to look for it.
First – Please read through this link on Fiber Theory by Jodie Hilton . It is somewhere between an article and an info graphic and provides a great overview of what I am nattering on about here. Once you have digested it, check out a few links added below her. I still am digging into them myself, but I want to share NOW!! The good news is you will be able to come back here to find them if you don’t bookmark them yourself.
A Knitters Review is a literal WORLD of fiber events. I am talking world wide calendar of fiber events. Get your fiber local and get it from the source at one of these events. Meet the alpacas. Hold the bunnies. Bleat out silly conversations with sheep.
Textile artist Rebecca Burgess and her adventures into growing a sustainable fibershed. I mean REALLY dedicated here. This amazing woman ONLY wore clothing made of sustainable fibers sourced, dyes and labor produced from within 150 miles of her Marin home for a year. (can you say sans-undies for a year?!)
Cleaner Cotton is the product of a program of farmers that have all joined to grow without using the 13 most toxic chemicals that are HEAVILY used across the cotton industry. SCP’s farmers grow Cleaner Cotton™, which uses more than 70 percent fewer chemical inputs than conventional cotton and directly benefits the local environment.
Peace Silk – or so they say… The silk industry is luxe… it is feeding us the finest threads. Harvesting these without harming the insects that create them is more than a challenge. The misnomers of “wildcrafting” when they are actually farmed. The actual hatch rate vs survival rate… “an average of about 1 cocoon in 200 is required to keep the race alive” means that these buggers are being baked or boiled alive in their homes.
Local Harvest is a great network resource to find natural materials in your area. It looks like it would be good for finding a farmers market, but when you put in YARN as a search, you get a TON of fiber farms, LYS, local dyers… You DO NOT nee to go to the big box crafty stores to supply a fiber habit.
And if you are SUPER into reference materials and researching, here is the Sustainable Fiber Program – Criteria for the Sustainable Production and Processing of Natural Fibers. (looking at my librarians here…)
Tell me what you do to make your environment/home/tools/clothes or other textiles sustainable….
Always with love and pyramid studs.
— Sundaze —
Along with all this, I am building a revolution of Passive Anarchy.
Come join me… Click here: —-> Hell yeah! I’m In!
Hashtag #kNiTpUnK and/or #PassiveAnarchy so I can find you on the interwebz