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#099 Rebecca Burgess about the Fibershed

Rebecca Burgess Fibershed

Rebecca Burgess introduces the Fibershed, a non-profit organization that explores and actively implements regional textile fiber and natural dye supply chains. In the interview, Rebecca explains how the idea for Fibershed developed and how it became an ever-growing self-sufficient community of wool growers, ranchers, designers, clothmakers and many more. She explains the concept of carbon farming, counter-intuitive funding models that work and how well-established brands can become part of the community. The Fibershed is a key solution to reversing climate change and an inspiration to the wider industry to think in new and different ways.

About the Fibershed

Rebecca Burgess is the founder of the Fibershed. Rebecca started the Fibershed originally with her local wardrobe project where she sourced all her clothing within a radius of 150-miles to where she lives.

Fibershed is a non-profit organization focused on education, advocacy and research efforts that directly drive economic development for de-centralized fiber and natural dye systems. Organizational goals include developing a working model for ‘soil-to-soil’ agriculture and manufacturing processes. Our work is designed to empower small and mid-scale farmers, designers and brands to engage in Climate Beneficial agricultural practices that bring regionally and regeneratively farmed textiles directly to the marketplace.

 

Contact Rebecca Burgess

Fibershed website

Connect with the Fibershed on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

Key Time Stamps

[00:54] About Rebecca Burgess and the Fibershed

[03:59] How the Fibershed started

[11:06] How did the Fibershed develop over time

[14:07] About carbon farming

[22:50] The members of the Fibershed community

[25:44] Sheep and wool types in California being part of the Fibershed

[28:24] How is wool being collected for the Fibershed

[31:00] Rebuilding a weaving mill for the Fibershed

[36:49] Funding model of the Fibershed

[43:01] The Fibershed is asking us to keep thinking differently

[44:32] The Fibershed is so far a unique model

 

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About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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