As we head toward World Environment Day on 5 June 2022, we naturally turn our minds to ways that we can reduce our environmental impact and adopt more sustainable life choices.
Wool, as a fibre, has long been accepted as an environmentally positive choice with a number of benefits, such as being:
- 100% natural, renewable and biodegradeable
- Uses 18% less energy and 70% less water than other fibres
- Being 100% biodegradable, wool does not contribute to pollution in our oceans or on our land
Wool is a soft, durable fibre produced by sheep. Long days spent grazing their paddocks, mean these animals have already tested wool’s ability to withstand tough challenges in Australia's natural elements. No synthetic fibres are able to offer the same distinctive qualities of wool.
Wool is 100% biodegradable - it comes from nature and returns to nature. As waste product, wool will decompose and can be reduced to natural raw materials, returning valuable nutrients to the soil in a reusable state, within 12 months. In similar conditions, synthetic fibres may take up to 40 years to break down.
Wool has many unique properties when compared against other natural or synthetic fibres. It offers resilience, durability, and flame resistance as well as being absorbent yet water repellent. Woollen products are robust and long lasting but at the end of their life, these characteristics see wool being recycled for use in insulation and other industrial applications.
Adding in that wool is easy to care for and can be enjoyed for a number of years – wool for your next quilt, mattress topper or pillow is not only a sensible choice that delivers comfort benefits, but a sustainable and environmentally friendly one too.
Source: Woolmark, ‘Wool is a Sustainable Fibre’ (https://www.woolmark.com/industry/sustainability/wool-is-a-sustainable-fibre/)