Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Staying ‘Eco-Local’: An Exploration of Fibershed as a Sustainable Supply Chain Alternative

  • Uma Swamy (
  • Nancy J. Hodges (University of North Carolina Greensboro)
  • Jin Su orcid logo (Univeristy of North Carolina at Greensboro)


The increase in demand for fast fashion has led to global brands outsourcing production to countries where environmental standards and labor rights are lenient at best. In response, some organizations have started developing alternative manufacturing supply chain solutions that are less harmful. Fibershed is one such organization focused on producing garments locally based on sustainability principles and within specific geographical boundaries. Using qualitative methods, this study explores the role of Fibershed as a local sustainable supply chain alternative. Interpreted through the theoretical lens of Eco-localism, findings provide a framework for interpreting Fibershed as an alternative approach centered around the impact of supply chain operations on the local environment, labor, and economy. Findings highlight the need for concentrated efforts by local government, policymakers, and consumers to ensure the success of the Fibershed alternative, therefore the perspectives of such groups should be explored in future Fibershed research.

Keywords: eco-localism, Fibershed, sustainable supply chain

How to Cite:

Swamy, U., Hodges, N. J. & Su, J., (2024) “Staying ‘Eco-Local’: An Exploration of Fibershed as a Sustainable Supply Chain Alternative”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:

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Published on
25 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed