The World Economic Forum has highlighted some shocking facts recently, explaining how our culture of fast fashion harms the environment:
How can we all reduce the impact of fashion?
Buy fewer clothes, choose natural fibres, and recycle. We explain why fibres like wool can answer these calls to action;
Wool garments last longer. The natural crimp and elasticity of wool endures constant wear and compression. It is bulk resists crushing and matting, helping it withstand continuous wear. Meaning, wool can be worn and used for longer, whilst still looking good. Which in turn also supports clothes recycling.
Wool is the ultimate natural fibre, providing many attributes that plastic fibres just can’t match. Wool naturally absorbs moisture when the atmosphere is damp, and releases it when the atmosphere is dry, supporting less frequent, lower impact washing, which in turn prolongs the lifetime of garments. A simple airing is often enough to refresh woollen garments – simply hang them outside on a dry day for a couple of hours.
Products made from synthetic fibres can take up to 40 years to degrade, while wool degrades in a fraction of that time. Because wool is made from keratin, a natural protein similar to the protein in human hair. It breaks down naturally without causing an environmental hazard. Wool will also reduce waste to landfill as it decomposes in soil in a matter of months or years, slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth.