Prince of Wales Campaign for Wool

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As awareness grows about using sustainable, biodegradable materials in place of plastics, it's time to think about the fabrics we use and their environmentally-friendly status. Ten years ago HRH The Prince of Wales lauched The Campaign for Wool, designed to promote awareness of the positive aspects of this age-old material.

Many synthetic fabrics can have disastrous effects on the natural world, with their fibres shedding during washing cycles, and making their way into lakes, oceans, and water supplies. There they refuse to degrade, clogging up the digestive systems of fish and the animals who consume them. Wool, on the other hand, is composed of the natural protein keratin, and breaks down completely, even returning nutrients to the ground.

Wool is a sustainable material: as long as sheep continue to exist, wool can be produced with no impact on their health or lifespan. Wool clothes and furnishing textiles also have the benefit of being fire-resistant, and do not melt and stick to the skin causing burns. They also produce fewer noxious fumes than synthetic fabrics when burned.

Prince of Wales Campaign for Wool

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The Campaign unites the wool industries of Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as Norway and the United States and has staged more than 200 events and campaign initiatives. To read more visit campaignforwool.org.

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