Why recycled wool?
Every year the demand for wool keeps on increasing. But, the production of virgin wool at such large quantities is a resource-intensive job. It requires a large amount of land for sheep to graze, huge swaths of water to clean the fiber, synthetic chemicals for treating it and dyes to impart colour to the fabric/yarn.
Additionally, around 12.8 million tons of textile waste is generated by the US alone which eventually ends up in landfills. This scenario clearly indicates to reuse wool products either in the form of recycled wool or second-hand clothing. Wool recycling is a sustainable, relatively low-impact process and would also prevent textiles from ending up in landfills.
Wool being a durable fiber as compared to other natural fibers has a longer lifespan and can potentially be used for around 20- 30 years. The strength and quality possessed by wool fibers make them quite perfect for the recycling process.
Apart from diverting wool products from ending up in landfills. Wool recycling can save a considerable amount of water, CO2 and limits the use of synthetic chemicals throughout the production process and contributes to reducing excessive use of land for sheep grazing and soil pollution.
According to the statistics available, per kilogram of recycled wool produced can save 11Kg of CO2 and 500 litres of water.
Also, recycled wool eliminates wet processing in terms of dyeing thus saving water and energy consumption. Wool recycling helps in reducing the environmental footprint.