Knitting & Sustainability
Making/handcraft supports sustainability in the following ways:
- Systems thinking
- Designing for form
- Working with a common purpose
- Transformative ingenuity
- Handwork enhancing neurological connections & focus
- Skills that can be used in K-12 classroom
- Enhanced understanding of material anthropology & archeology
- Clothing as cultural identifier
- Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times / Elizabeth Wayland Barber.
- Cheap, The High Cost of Discount Culture / Ellen Ruppel Shell.
- How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything / Mike Berners-Lee.
- Shop Class as Soul Craft, an inquiry into the value of work / Matthew B. Crawford.
- Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion / Elizabeth Cline.
- Craftcycle : 100+ eco-friendly projects and ideas for everyday living / Heidi Boyd.
- Eco-craft : recycle-recraft-restyle / Susan Wasinger.
- Good Earth Art: Environmental art for kids / MaryAnn F. Kohl, Cindy Gainer ; illustrations, Cindy Gainer.
- How green is my library? / Sam McBane Mulford and Ned A. Himmel.
- Modern sustainable residential design: a guide for design professionals / William J. Carpenter.
- The Power of Sustainable Thinking : how to create a positive future for the climate, the planet, your organization and your life / Bob Doppelt.
- The Salvage Studio: Sustainable Home Comforts to Organize, Entertain, and Inspire / by Amy Duncan, Beth Evans-Ramos, and Lisa Hilderbrand ; photography by Kate Baldwin.
- Sustainable Communities / edited by Terry Marsden.
- Sustainable Design of Research Laboratories: planning, design, and operation / Kling Stubbins.
- The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together / edited by Jeana Wirtenberg, with William G. Russell and David Lipsky, in collaboration with The Enterprise Sustainability Action Team.
- The Sustainable Learning Community: One University's Journey to the Future / John Aber, Tom Kelly,
and Bruce Mallory, editors.
Textile and Sustainability Links/Resources
Projects, programs, research and commentary in the US.
This is just a taste of what is out there. There are artisans, designers, weavers, clothing makers, manufacturers in every regional "fibershed".