Wool is one of the most sustainable fibres on the planet, prolonging the life of garments while also helping the environment (and bank balances). There are several options for reuse, ranging from charity shops to clothing swaps, and there is a growing global demand for antique woolen apparel. The raw resources that went into manufacturing a garment or product have additional value the longer it is used. The same is true when it comes to repurposing wool things. When the same wool fibres are utilized in different ways, their environmental effect is minimized. Enlisting 10 compelling reasons to invest in recycled wool:
- Carbon Dioxide Reduction: Wearing recycled wool is a wise choice in terms of sustainability and environmental impact. In comparison to upcycled apparel, which only weighs 100 grams, producing a new one releases up to 6.500 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere.
- Water consumption reduction: Water use is also significantly reduced. The manufacture of recycled wool decreases water consumption by 90%.
- Minimal dyeing needed: Energy, chemicals, and colourants are all saved in the creation of repurposed wool. The old textiles are colour-sorted so that a new coloured yarn may be made without the need for extra dyeing. To achieve a certain hue, just little amounts of newly coloured fibres are applied. Chemicals and dyes are saved in this method. Furthermore, several hues that were previously coloured using dyes that are no longer permitted have been separated. These materials are subjected to further environmental testing.
- 100% biodegradable: Wool fibres do not pollute landfills or waterways with microfibres. They degrade in the soil in three to four months, depending on the weather. Wool decomposes more quickly in warm, damp environments. Polyester and other synthetic fibres can survive in the soil for years.
- Highly Breathable: Wool clothing is inherently breathable down to the fibre level. Wool fibres naturally allow air to circulate, but synthetic fibres only breathe through holes in the cloth’s strands.
- Wool is anti-odour: Wool can absorb moisture from your skin and thus when you perspire, and it can even help to absorb any odour from sweating that is only released when you wash. Wool goods contain antimicrobial characteristics that prevent germs from clinging to and developing on the fabric’s fibres, making them odour resistant. Wool clothing is therefore ideal for layering up after a workout when you need to brave the cooler air outside.
- Wool exhibits excellent temperature control: Wool can also respond to changes in your body temperature. Microscopic air pockets in the material retain your body heat due to the fine threads, offering great insulation. When moisture evaporates on hot days, the air in these pockets cools, keeping you cool and comfortable. This makes it the ideal material for all seasons, allowing you to reduce your wardrobe while increasing the longevity of your closet!
- Very low flammability: Wool naturally contains nitrogen and moisture, resulting in low flammability. Wool is not flammable because it self-extinguishes. It would not melt or adhere to your skin in the same way that synthetics do.
- Self-cleaning abilities: The air pockets in the wool fibre actively transfer odour and impurities from the skin into the air via a microclimate between the wool garment and the skin. From an environmental standpoint, this is extremely valuable because it is frequently sufficient to hang the garment for airing instead of washing it.
- Wool fibres absorb moisture and wick it away from your skin: Sweat or moisture will accumulate in the air pockets and be transported through the fibre and out into the atmosphere. When children are wet and the outside temperature is cold, the fibre may absorb up to 40% of the moisture. The moisture in the material can be eliminated by evaporation.