Wool and the Environment


I would like to tell you a little bit about wool and the environment

We have been using wool for centuries it is one of our most natural resources and is completely biodegradable, and is actually good for the environment. Wool does not shed plastic microfibres when it gets washed as polyester and manmade fibres do. Scientists have found no wool particle’s in our oceans when testing for pollution this is because wool completely breaks down and is compostable.
When turning sheep wool into fabric it uses less energy and water than other fibres e.g. 18%less energy than polyester and uses 70% less water than cotton. Because of its natural, renewable and biodegradable properties wool is also the most re used and recyclable fibre on earth of all fabric used in clothing.
Wool is very breathable and at the same time it also insulates, something manmade fibre cannot do. Wool is also the best for managing body odour as it is a hollow fibre, it absorbs and traps your sweat and BO, then releases it completely as it dries . As wool works this way it means there is less need to wash pure wool clothing which also has a benefit to the environment (I am not suggesting you stop washing your clothes).the result is Saving water
As wool works in this way sports clothing manufacturers are now producing sportwear from light weight merino wool.

All the wool I use is RWS certified. This means that it comes from farms which are inspected and meet not only the 5 freedoms criteria, but also further welfare standards for their animals such as no mulesing. They also are inspected with regards to their working environment as well as their land management and environmental impact to ensure that all they are doing is in keeping with the RWS requirements. The RWS is a voluntary standard, so farms apply to be part of it and are only accepted if they reach the correct standards. .

If you would like to know more about the benefits of wool I recommend the following websites and short videos.

  1. https://www.woolmark.com/environment