How can localism create a sustainable solution?

How can localism create a sustainable solution?

Nastassia Ramzankhani, 28

My craft discipline is based on re-using wool fibre to create sustainable fashion products all of which have been made using a number of sustainable applications, processes and techniques and has been inspired and based on the concept of localism.

Whist studying my Masters in Sustainable Textile Design, I was inspired by Dr Kate Fletcher's theories and work. Fletcher, who is an Ecological Design consultant, author and a patron to sustainability within the Fashion and Textiles field demonstrates a number of proven theories about how localised production is a solution to the mass-consumption of material waste within the textiles and fashion industry. The concept of using localism, can create a product which has meaning of local practicalities, ethical trade and sustainable distinctiveness. By using a fibre grown and made within a local environment, to be designed and sold to a local trade can completely eliminate the use of carbon-footprint in the environment. I decided that I would therefore create a fashion product which has been made and designed within the UK and Scotland region only . I looked into locally grown fibres within the UK and I became extremely fascinated with the extensive benefits of wool and how it is one of the most sustainable fibres in the world, being extremely durable, renewable, biodegradable and recycle-able.

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Having just completed a Masters in Sustainable Textile Design , I focused on the environmental benefits of wool and how it is one of the most sustainable fibre's in the world. After studying the extensive amount of benefits that it provides- I ensured that I will continue to use wool in all of my future design work. Wool is in the sustainable fabric basket because it is natural, biodegradable and renewable. It is breathable and an active fibre that reacts to changes in the body’s temperature. It is naturally anti-wrinkle and fibre resistant, as well as absorbs dyes efficiently requiring little dye stuff. All of which is renewable fibre from natural resources, relatively low energy used, recyclable (not blends) longevity of product, using natural colour's- no dyeing impacts, no synthetic inputs with organic agriculture. My environmental approaches and policies ensured my product is completely sustainable by using so many techniques and processes. All made from a zero-waste pattern, made within a local environment and sold to a local market-eliminating any carbon emissions . I am also ensuring that the welfare of the wool from the sheep is well looked after as sustainability is the core of my practice.

Annie Donaldson