January 13, 2019

How can localism create a sustainable solution?

Nastassia Ramzankhani


My craft discipline is based on recycling organic wool fibre from a local farmer within the Highlands, to create sustainable fashion products which have been made using a number of applications, processes and techniques, all of which has been inspired and based on the concept of localism.

Whist studying my Masters in Sustainable Textile Design, I was influenced 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 industry demonstrates a number of proven theories about how localised production is a solution to the mass-consumption of material waste within industry. A fibre grown, and made within a local environment, that has been designed and sold to a local trade can completely eliminate carbon-footprint into the atmosphere.I decided to create a fashion product using organic wool as its one of most sustainable fibres in the world because it’s durable , renewable, biodegradable and recycle-able all of which has been produced, and designed in London and Scotland.

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.