Maine Fibershed

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Maine Fibershed! We’re organizing a Maine Fibershed chapter!
If you are a fiber producer, processer, spinner, weaver or textile artist, seamstress, designer etc. committed to utilizing local Maine fibers and local color for dyes, lets get together to organize and collaborate. PM or e-mail me and let me know you are interested.
Once I have some feedback from interested people, I will host a meeting at my farm. If you know of someone that may be interested, please share.

Wait—— What is a Fibershed? (From fibershed.com)

“A Fibershed is a geographical landscape that defines and gives boundaries to a natural textile resource base. Awareness of this bioregional designation engenders appreciation, connectivity, and sensitivity for the life-giving resources within our homelands.”

“The mission of Fibershed is to change the way we clothe ourselves by supporting the creation of local textile cultures that enhance ecological balance, and utilize regional agriculture while strengthening local economies and communities.”

Why?

“After agriculture, the textile industry is the #1 polluter of fresh water resources on the planet.
Recent 2012 report: Textiles are the 3rd largest fresh water polluter in China, ranking above mining and petroleum refinement.
Microscopic plastic debris from washing clothing made of synthetic fibers is accumulating in the marine environment. Download a study on this important issue: Microplastic-Study
According to a recent year-long investigation of the world’s largest dye factories, alkylphenols and PFCs were found in toxic levels in China’s two major fresh water river deltas. These hormone disruptors are hazardous even at very low levels. Both chemicals are man-made substances that persist in the environment and can have potentially devastating effects as they accumulate up the food chain.
2,000 synthetic chemicals on the marketplace are used to soften and process clothing after farming and dyeing processes are complete: The synthetic compounds used are attributed to a range of human disease—including chronic illness, auto-immune disfunction and cancer.
Even the most ‘eco-friendly’ synthetic dyes contain endocrine disrupters and the most commonly used dyes still contain heavy metals—such as cobalt, chrome, copper, and nickel in neurotoxic concentrations.
Labor is sought for cost first and foremost—not for quality—leading to massive exploitation and many unstable jobs.
In 1965, 95% of the clothing in a typical American’s closet was made in America, today less than 5% of our clothes e made here. Unfortunately, this huge movement of the industry was not done seeking higher standards of production, economic equity for laborers, or tight environmental regulation. It was done to circumvent the policies, unions, and costs associated with doing business on shore.”

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