Sustainable Fibers and Textiles

Funders interested in the food system, sustainable agriculture, soil health, carbon sequestration, environmental health, and economic justice have many compelling reasons to expand their focus to the fiber and textile system.

Food and fibers—including both plant-based fibers like cotton and hemp and animal-based products like wool and leather—are both part of an interconnected system with many linked impacts on health, social justice, and the environment. 

Recognizing these critical connections, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) has played a leading role in the development of funder interest and information-sharing on the intersections between sustainable agriculture and food systems and fiber systems since 2013. The SAFSF Special Project on Sustainable Fibers and Textiles launched in 2019 to build on this momentum.

Read the Fibers Roadmap

The first step in the SAFSF Special Project on Sustainable Fibers and Textiles is the development and publication of The Fibers Roadmap: Integrated Capital Opportunities to Support Revitalization of U.S.-Grown Fiber, Textiles, and LeatherThis report for grantmakers and investors lays out a seven-year vision for values-based investment and funding needed to support regenerative fiber agriculture and revitalize U.S.-based textile processing and manufacturing.

Explore Case Studies from the Fiber System

Case studies highlighted in The Fibers Roadmap represent a small slice of the innovative, place-based fiber system businesses that exist or are emerging across the country. Each one offers opportunities for funders and investors to deploy integrated capital approaches.

Understand the Connections between Food and Fiber Systems

For history and background on how the food and fiber systems are interconnected, read Common Threads: U.S. Foundation Opportunities in Sustainable Fiber and Textiles.

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