Wool’s many uses2017-05-22T12:49:52+00:00

About Wool

Wool grows on a sheep in a similar way to the hair that grows on our bodies. It is a protein fibre formed in the skin of sheep to protect the animal, making it 100% natural, not man-made.

WHY WOOL
HOW IT’S MADE
SHEEP IN NZ
ITS MANY USES

Wool’s many uses

Wool offers a very broad range of uses

Wool use pie graph CSIRO

Beware of Imitations – Read the Label

Looks like wool, feels like wool, might even be called wool. It can be tricky to identify wool against synthetic products, until it really matters.

You can count on wool to resist fire, insulate, repel water, absorb and release moisture and sweat, filter particles, bounce back, last for a very long time, and eventually biodegrade into the soil – and look good at the same time.

Make sure you read the label of any products you buy so that you know they are wool, and not an imitation.

Woolly Inspiration

Wairarapa designer Emma Warren was runner-up winner in a global competition, with a wool and natural latex shoe. She created the design to revive New Zealand’s extinct shoe-making industry, while also creating new opportunities for sheep farmers.

Emma was one of three Kiwi finalists for the James Dyson design award, run annually in 20 countries and funded by the British inventor of the “bagless” vacuum cleaner. Winners were judged on creatively solving everyday problems, while keeping the environment in mind.

Wool and natural latex shoe
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