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Setting a New Stage: Small Scale as a Way Forward

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Abstract

A quiet revolution is taking place and may increase in force based on the Covid-19 pandemic, as we need to address some wicked problems: the pandemic’s economic consequences alongside the climate and environmental crisis. Based on concrete examples from around the world with a renewed focus on fibres’ environmental footprint and local variation as opposed to industrial farming and mass production, this chapter will highlight some new paths. The examples will be from a varied pool and will mainly be actors working with wool. On the list, we find Fibershed, research projects and private initiatives that represent a counter-movement of people leaving behind well-paid jobs in urban areas to pursue small-scale and community-building enterprises based on local fibre resources, as well as building rural–urban hubs that galvanise the best of both worlds.

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  • Wool
  • Natural fibres
  • Regenerative farming
  • Indigenous breeds
  • Organic
  • Networks
  • Community-building

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Notes

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    https://myssyfarmi.fi/en/pages/the-story-of-myssyfarmi.

  2. 2.

    https://sustainablebrands.com/read/supply-chain/trending-the-north-face-timberland-vans-scaling-regenerative-supply-chains.

  3. 3.

    https://www.thelandmagazine.org.uk/articles/fibreshed-comes-britain.

  4. 4.

    https://www.tingvoll-ull.no/.

  5. 5.

    https://www.nibio.no/prosjekter/amazing-grazing-baerekraftig-kjott-og-ull-fra-sau-som-beiter-i-norsk-utmark.

  6. 6.

    Grey fleeces, they were, however, woven and not actual fleeces.

  7. 7.

    Icelandic for wool sweater.

  8. 8.

    https://www.uppspuni.is/.

  9. 9.

    http://thewoollencircle.com/.

  10. 10.

    https://www.faroeislands.fo/nature-environment/fauna-flora-vegetation/the-sheep-islands/.

  11. 11.

    https://snaldan.fo/.

  12. 12.

    https://www.qiviut.gl/om-qiviut/.

  13. 13.

    https://www.axfoundation.se/en/projects/the-swedish-wool-initiative.

  14. 14.

    https://fashionforum.dk/2019/10/29/filippa-k-recirkulerer-svensk-restuld-med-eksklusivt-sweatersamarbejde/.

  15. 15.

    Based on personal communication with Annkristin Hult, May 2021.

  16. 16.

    https://faravelsforbundet.se/kunskap/gotlandsfar/.

  17. 17.

    http://www.ullkontoret.se/ULLKONTORET/Start.html.

  18. 18.

    https://farfestikil.com/.

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Klepp, I.G., Burgess, R., Ehrnström-Fuentes, M., Pacheco, M., Philbrick, J., Tobiasson, T.S. (2022). Setting a New Stage: Small Scale as a Way Forward. In: Klepp, I.G., Tobiasson, T.S. (eds) Local, Slow and Sustainable Fashion . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-88300-3_5

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