Wool is becoming more commonly seen by consumers as a sustainable lifestyle choice for fashion and interiors.
In 2010, HRH The Prince of Wales launched the Campaign for Wool with the purpose of renewing interest in and creating a greater awareness
of wool’s environmental credentials.
The Campaign also focused on the preservation of sustainable practices on farms.
Fashion designers and retailers are wanting textile manufacturers to ask searching questions about provenance, origin and sustainability of the wool.
Wool’s Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is very much part of this process. The route from farm to fashion crosses many borders where standards of manufacturing excellence and Corporate Social Responsibility need to respond to the expectations of consumers.
The use of waste is very important to the wool industry. These wastes are grouped into four classes:
IWTO (International Wool Textile Association)
An interesting Case Study from not far away from Jugiong!
Before I did this post, I didn't know what waste the wool industry could produce.This is what I've learned...
Wool is biodegradable, unlike most synthetic fibres, and wool clothing and processing wastes are recycled into other durable forms of textile (woolen-spun knitwear, insulation). The carbon in wool comes from the pasture and the atmosphere. Wool produces more carbon then cotton.
From the shearing shed to catwalk
Researchers in Flinders University (South Australian) have develop a clean technology to get a substance called keratin out of unwanted wool.