Relocalizing production and consumption has begun! Flax straw to linen cloth. Broom for Fibre, etc.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ba1nT_rGI4 is my funnest video. This was the flax to linen group explaining the process of flax straw to cloth. 18 minutes and unedited. Flax takes about a hundred days to grow and can be started as soon as you sow lettuce seed outside. Imagine making some item of clothing from fibre that you grew in your front or back garden!
Anyway as part of the group, I have learned lots. A couple of weeks ago, a helicopter lifted a truckload of broom from mill hill park where volunteers had dug it out. Imagine the cost of that! And the parking lot works fine for vehicles. we have a society which is so interested in publicity and backhanders that simple solutions like using the broom fibres for hanging baskets is ignored. Why not? Stop blowing the money on mindless helicopter trips and lets make a localized technology to deal with the invasive broom problem. Guess what. Broom in italy has been used for several thousand years for clothing!
I never knew. The facebook group for victoria flax to fibre project is http://www.facebook.com/groups/312466712172431/
Anybody is welcome to join