Campaign For Wool
What is the Campaign For Wool?
The Campaign For Wool is an initiative supported by HRH The Prince of Wales as part of his drive for universal sustainability. The aim is to further promote wool as a sustainable and high performance material. Its properties as a natural fibre make it far superior to man made alternatives, and its benefits to the environment are overwhelming. If you haven’t already, you simply must try out our gorgeous range of knitted wool products. Visit their official website here.
Why Choose Wool?
It's A Natural Fibre
- Wool is a natural fibre, not man made.
- The sheep has evolved to produce a fibre that has become one of the most effective natural forms of all-weather protection known to man.
- Significantly less energy is required in the production of wool products compared to man made fibre options – this ensures carbon dioxide emissions are kept low.
- Every year sheep produce a new fleece, making wool a renewable fibre source.
- Wool growers actively work to improve efficiency and care for natural resources, endeavouring to make the wool industry sustainable for future generations.
- Wool can last for many hundreds of years without losing its resilience or structure
- When a natural wool fibre is disposed of it takes only a few years to decompose. Most synthetics on the other hand, are extremely slow to degrade.
- The benefits of durability and appearance retention reduce frequent replace and renew consumption which contributes to landfill and CO2 emissions.
- Wool can insulate the home, providing and retaining heat and warmth, helps to reduce energy costs and prevents the loss of energy to the external environment and so reduces carbon emissions.
It's A High Performance Fibre
- Wool has a natural structure which allows it to absorb and release humidity either in the atmosphere or perspiration from the wearer. It is able to acclimatise to individual environments – ensuring that the room or wearer is never too hot or too cold.
- Wool has a large capacity to absorb moisture vapour (up to 30% of its own weight) and sweat next to the skin making it extremely breathable.
- A wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times without breaking, and have the power to elongate, stretch and recover – this is why wool products last for years.
- Wool maintains appearance in the longer term – this reduces the need to replace and adds value to the product.
- Natural wool has a wonderful hue, and when dyed wool is colourfast.
- Wool is active, reacting to changes in one’s body temperature to keep you warm when you’re cold but releasing heat and moisture when you’re hot.
- The natural elasticity of the wool fibre means it stretches with the wearer, but then returns to its natural shape, so there is less chance of garments sagging or losing their shape.
- Recent innovations mean wool items are no longer hand-wash only, many wool products can now be machine-washed and tumble dried.
- Wool fibres have a natural protective layer which prevents stains from being absorbed; they also pick up less dust as they are static resistant.
- Wool has a naturally high UV protection, which is much higher than most synthetics and cotton.
- Wool is naturally flame retardant due to its high water and nitrogen content, has a higher ignition threshold than many other fibres and will produce less toxic and noxious fumes that cause death in fire situations.
- As wool absorbs moisture it reduces the amount of sweat left on the body, therefore reducing the amount of odour produced.
- Wool is not known to cause allergy and does not promote the growth of bacteria. Wool can reduce floating dust in the atmosphere, the surface of a single wool fibre is covered in microscopic scales that will trap and hold dust in the top layers until vacuumed away.
At Celtic & Co. we love all things wool. The Campaign for Wool along with their patron HRH The Prince of Wales have created a video highlighting the difference between synthetic and wool fibres. Environmental issues are very close to our hearts and we agree that using wool has a significantly reduced environmental impact. Acrylic, Nylon, Polyester fibres are all oil based plastics with high environmental impact to the planet unlike wool that biodegrades fully on the land and ocean. For more information view our blogs all about slow fashion here.
Two Jumpers - What's the Difference? When wool is disposed of in soil or water, it takes a very short time to break down, whereas most synthetics and plastics are extremely slow to degrade, if at all. Every one of us can make a difference, not just today but everyday.
Wool is a wonderful natural fibre and we are fully behind the Campaign for Wool and their mission to encourage more people to shop sustainably.