TUSCAN PEOPLE HAVE AN IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE AND AWARENESS THAT NATURAL RESOURCES ARE LIMITED AND THAT WE MUST PROTECT THEM.

DECADES BEFORE ANYONE EVEN KNEW WHAT ENVIROMENTALISM WAS, THE PRATO AREA WAS PIONEERING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF RECLAIMING MATERIALS : COLLECTING SECONDHAND WOOL GARMENTS, SHREDDING THEM INTO STRIPS, AND SELLING THEM TO FACTORIES TO BE RE-SPUN INTO YARN.