Wool reduces plastic. Plastic is energy and resource intensive and doesn’t truly break down, it just becomes smaller and smaller, creating microplastics that can be found throughout the world including in our blood in Arctic ice cores, and in the deepest depths of the ocean.
Waste wool will be utilized. Currently Canada produces approximately 1200 tonnes of wool. Most of Canada's wool is above 29 microns which is considered coarse and has a very high vegetable matter content making it difficult to process. Canada's lack of processing means this kind of wool is not utilized
in any form.
Less than 3% of Canada’s yearly wool clip is suitable for fine textiles. Most of our wool was shipped to China pre 2020 as Canada has virtually no fibre processing capacity anymore. In 2022, the most difficult year for wool in recent memory, farmers are paid approximately $0.11/lb for their wool by The Canadian Cooperative of Wool Growers. With shipping prices so high, and the lack of global demand for the type of wool Canada produces it is not longer being shipped to Chinese factories. This wool is now sits in warehouses, barns, and in the back 40 of properties across the country.
Historically wool was used in many forms beyond yarn. Today innovative uses for wool is being explored across the globe. Let's make Canada a part of that innovation!
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