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Who Grew Your Clothes? Soil to Soil Textiles – Part 1

By Ursula Billington, ARC2020

Ed. note: This article first appeared on ARC2020.eu. ARC2020 is a platform for agri-food and rural actors working towards better food, farming, and rural policies for Europe. In the first of a two-part special on the soil-to-soil textiles movement, Ursula Billington unravels the disconnect with where our clothes come from, and spotlights some of the women working to pull the wool from our eyes. Sheep ready for shearing on Fernhill Farm. Image credit: Ursula Billington Asked to consider soil, farming, sustainability, most will settle immediately on a subject close to many hearts: food. Yet we’re equally dependent on another soil-based system, one that has similarly dramatic consequences for the planet: our second skin, that of our clothes. The next sustainability challenge Whilst awareness around the environmental impacts of global food systems and their sustainable counterparts appears to be growing, there is a widespread disconnect of perception between the state of the environment...