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Wool is an amazing fibre.  It is environmentally-friendly, fire resistant, moisture wicking, hypoallergenic and extremely durable.  Yet, despite these attributes, wool in recent years is surprisingly considered as 'worthless' and a 'by-product' of the farming industry.  


Many farmers are opting to burn their wool "because the price that they would receive is less than the cost of transporting it for processing; hundreds sell it at little or no return."  The fall of wool can be attributed to the rise of synthetic materials.  In addition, with the high demand for "animal-free" or "vegan" products, it seems the reputation of wool as a sustainable material has been further hurt.  There are a lot of misunderstandings and misinformation surrounding this unique fibre, when in fact it is the most reusable and recyclable fibre on the planet. 

Surprised by wool being labelled as waste, I am inspired to be re-acquainted with this material and see what I can do, in my little corner, to promote this by-product through preparing raw fleece, hand spinning and weaving one-off pieces.