The transport of raw materials and finished goods can help spread invasive species, which threaten local ecosystems.
What’s going on?
Invasive non-native species (INNS) and related diseases are a growing problem worldwide.
The spread of both is intensified by the movement of people and products – including the transport of raw materials and finished goods.
Getting nature positive
Invasive plant species spread quickly and can displace native plants, preventing their growth so reducing biodiversity.
Innovative approaches are needed, and work is beginning to address this.
Invasive plant species could be recycled into yarn, eco-friendly textile dyes, and paper, according to recently published research by one French think tank. [source]
As part of a project to improve biodiversity in partnership with Parc des Calanques in Marseille, the think tank – Atelier Luma – is uprooting many exotic and invasive plant species. One of the species found in Marseille – Agave sisalana – is native to southern Mexico.
So far, the team has turned these plants into natural dyes. There are now plans to open a bigger dye laboratory in Arles specialising in natural dyes and serving as a hub for small-scale production.