Wool beats syn­thetic for the en­vi­ron­ment

Countryman - - WOOL -

Merino wool shines out as a lead­ing nat­u­ral, re­new­able and biodegrad­able fi­bre.

Aus­tralian Wool In­no­va­tion backs this claim through sci­en­tific stud­ies, which are re­veal­ing that syn­thetic fi­bres such as polyester and ny­lon have detri­men­tal im­pacts on the en­vi­ron­ment.

AWI said one re­cent rev­e­la­tion was the pol­lu­tion and tox­i­c­ity prob­lems caused by mi­cro-plas­tic fi­bres in the nat­u­ral ecosys­tem.

“While syn­thetic fi­bres do de­grade with phys­i­cal ex­po­sure to the el­e­ments, they never fully de­com­pose and this causes pol­lu­tion in wa­ter­ways, land­fill and de­bris,” an AWI spokesman said.

“Nat­u­ral fi­bres, such as wool, bi­o­log­i­cally de­grade and re­turn to the en­vi­ron­ment as nu­tri­ents, el­e­ments and pro­teins.

“Be­cause of this qual­ity, wool is con­sid­ered an en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble choice of tex­tiles.”

AWI said wool, which is 100 per cent biodegrad­able, has re­silient prop­er­ties as re­flected in its long ser­vice life as a gar­ment — on av­er­age 50 per cent longer than cot­ton gar­ments — all re­flect­ing a lighter en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

Other re­search funded by AWI has de­fined how su­perfine Merino wool works as a dy­namic buf­fer, help­ing main­tain more sta­ble hu­mid­ity and tem­per­a­ture be­tween fab­ric and the skin.

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