Jess Daniels

Jess Daniels is the Director of Communications & Affiliate Programming for Fibershed, where she creates written and visual collateral connecting wearers to the ecological and social source of their clothing, and facilitates an international grassroots network of communities building soil-to-soil fiber systems. She has a decade of experience working to strengthen local food and fiber systems, from urban farming and education to sustainable agriculture advocacy campaigns and litigation, and her work has been published in the journals Agriculture and Human Values and Making Futures. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Visual Art from Brown University, where she completed textiles coursework at Rhode Island School of Design and studied with the International Honors Program ‘Rethinking Globalization’ field school in India, Tanzania, New Zealand, and Mexico.


Questioning the Role of Biosynthetics in Regenerative Fashion

The Nature of Fashion’s bold and necessary lens for holistic material analysis is not fully applied to the proposed vision for increasing fiber production through the expansion of “biosynthetics” via fermentation of microorganisms, including genetically engineered microorganisms.

August 3, 2020

Cotton farming in India

Cotton in Community: Reconnecting to Traditional Indian Farming Practices in the Prakriti Fibershed

I don’t think I would have been as passionate about organic farming and ethical supply chains if I had grown up in Bombay or Delhi, somewhere far away. It’s because I saw all the damage happening first-hand that I’ve been so keen to bring about solutions and change.

July 30, 2020

5 Ways You Can Strengthen Our Fibershed While Sheltering in Place

This is a moment when our local producers and workers are providing vital services, so how can we do our part to strengthen local systems within our fibershed, while sheltering in place?

We invite you to join us by engaging with practices, key learnings, and actions so that together we can rebuild an economy rooted in right livelihoods, regional manufacturing, and material production that regenerates soil health.

April 1, 2020

Cotton fibershed

California Cotton Fields: Can Cotton be Climate Beneficial?

Looking across the landscape, we see at least six key approaches to increasing soil carbon and so much more: integrating animals, rotating crops, building biodiversity with plantings like hedgerows, conserving soil with cover cropping, boosting soil fertility with fungal-dominated compost, and eventually finding methods for no-till cotton that do not depend on synthetic chemistry.

December 3, 2019

What we purchase

Shifting the Impact of our Clothing: Tips from the Fibershed Community

If you’re not at the helm of a fashion company, it can be difficult to discern exactly how our individual actions are part of achieving progress and ameliorating the impacts of our second skin. In the Fibershed Clothing Guide, we share how the impact a garment is defined by three key elements.

June 5, 2019

4-Simple-Guidelines book

4 Simple Guidelines from the Fibershed Clothing Guide

Inside our own closet is one place we may begin to make changes that will have lasting impacts on our biosphere, climate and personal health, and for this reason we created the Fibershed Clothing Guide to share a menu of actions and options.

May 10, 2019

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