Why do you think so much wastage occurs?

Our society today is known as a "Throw - Away" society where many products are made cheaper in quality and labour. Products made from synthetic fibres are competing with our natural fibres wool and cotton. They are made cheaper and the quality is more often than not of a very high standard, because of this they don't last long and are often discarded.

                            Think of five things that are made of wool ?

                                         What did you come up with?

     Below are some very interesting products that we found were made from wool.

                                   PRODUCTS MADE FROM WOOL/ LANOLIN

Clothing and accessories such as scarves, beanies, gloves, hats, dresses, earmuffs,
shirts, suits and socks are some common pieces of clothing made from wool .

Other items that aren't often known to be made of wool include  
soft toys, fire fighters uniforms, tennis ball coverings, pillows, pursesprinting inks, motor oils, used to fill mattresses, the inside of baseballs and cricket balls, felt tip pensdoonas, pool table baize, steering wheel coverschalk board dusters, sleeping bags, piano key hammers, flags, insulation in houses, carpets, blankets, lining for stereo cabinets, felt hats, felt lining in soles of boots, tapestryfabric to cover chairs, lipsticks, mascara, lotions, shampoos and hair conditioners, lanolin and filters to stop oil and dust.

Industrial designer Daniel McLaughlin has made a sustainable suitcase made from discarded wool and bio-resin, providing business travellers with an eco-friendly luggage while offering hard-knocked farmers added value to their supply chain.

                          HOW MUCH WOOL IS WASTED EACH YEAR ?

Wool that is shorn off a sheep is never wasted. All of the wool is sorted into different grades and bagged. The wool is bagged depending on the quality of the wool, to determine the quality they grade each bag in microns. The soft wool is used for clothing, the tougher wool is used for things like carpets and insulation. Wool is only wasted when it is discarded once we have finished with it or have no use for it anymore. Recycling is an option that we should consider .


If we reduce the amount of waste that we have from woollen products 
we can:                  r
             *reduce the amount of landfill, which will help in protecting the environment.
             *lower the dependance on fossil fuels
             * Reduce environmental stress by  REDUCE - REUSE - RECYCLE


Here are some interesting ideas:

* Instead of throwing away your unwanted wool give it to charity
* Use an old beanie and turn it into a tea cosy
* You can use yarn to keep things together
* You can turn a woolen sock into a puppet
* You can turn random bits of fabric into a quilt
* With spare wool you can do felting, finger knitting, knitting and crochet

*To learn how to recycle a woolen jumper click here-


Wool has been used to make clothing for over a 1000 years. This must be considered when deciding what  fabrics/yarns to use for clothing today and in the future.
Wool is natural fibre that is long lasting, of a high quality and  recyclable. So instead of just throwing it away like we are all guilty of doing take a minute to think "How can this be re-used ?

" A common saying  "someones trash is another persons treasure" is all too true . 

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