Wool beats synthetic for the environment
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.