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What if the next big crop we grow is for building materials?

Jun 20, 2022
In the Netherlands, a bridge is made of flax fiber ... the same flax that produces seeds for cereal.
This 15-meter bridge in the Dutch town of Almere was made using flax fiber.
John Laurenson

"Grow your own jeans": a British plan to reshape the textile industry

Jul 1, 2021
A pilot project in northwestern England aims to manufacture clothing locally, without the lengthy supply chains and pollution.
Justine Aldersey-Williams is one of the organizers of the Homegrown Homespun project. ”We aim to grow our own pair of jeans in Blackburn,” she said.
Mimisse Beard