Campaign for Wool reveals strategic direction

2021-09-24T15:59:29+12:00September 24th, 2021|News Release|

Change is on the horizon and the future is bright.  That’s the message from The Campaign for Wool who has this week unveiled a dynamic short-term strategy that aims to help turn the tide on the struggles faced by New Zealand wool growers.

Campaign for Wool Chairman Tom O’Sullivan – himself a fourth-generation sheep farmer – says the strategy heralds a […]

Stuffing the good out of wool

2021-06-03T19:28:00+12:00June 3rd, 2021|News Release|

In a minor coup for the struggling strong wool sector, one of New Zealand’s largest furniture manufactures and retailers, Big Save Furniture, has committed to using more strong wool in its products and pay growers a fair price. David Anderson asked managing director Tom McKimm about the move.

Why has Big Save decided to use more wool in its products?

Our […]

Rural Exchange Catch Up Podcast – 17 April 2021

2021-04-20T08:24:56+12:00April 20th, 2021|News Release|

Join Hamish McKay & Richard Loe every weekend as we discuss the rural challenges and issues, as well as celebrate key playors in the sector across the great land of Aotearoa. In this Rural Exchange Catch Up, our very own Tom O’Sullivan was in on the chat from 50 minutes and 30 seconds in… LISTEN TO INTERVIEW […]

Is the wool clip increasingly unviable?

2020-11-19T12:23:09+13:00November 19th, 2020|News Release|

From Radio NZ. Listen Below. 

There are grave concerns among sheep farmers as demand for wool drops, prices are low and there aren’t enough experienced shearers available.

Federated Farmers and the Shearing Contractors’ Association are seeking an urgent decision from the Government to allow some overseas shearers dispensation to enter the country to take care of summer flocks.

Federated Farmers Meat and […]

Plastic pollution: Washed clothing’s synthetic mountain of ‘fluff’

2020-09-21T09:39:05+12:00September 21st, 2020|News Release|

When you add it up, the total amount of synthetic microfibres going into the wider environment as we wash our clothes is an astonishing number.

US scientists estimate it to be 5.6 million tonnes since we first started wearing those polyester and nylon garments in a big way in the 1950s.

Just over half this […]

Study proves wool as suitable protection for military and fire fighters

2020-06-26T10:34:12+12:00June 26th, 2020|News Release|

AWI has funded a new scientific study into the fire resistance of various fabrics used as base-layer garments for military and first responder personnel such as firefighters. The study concluded that the wool and wool rich fabrics in the study performed the best, while the 100% synthetic fabrics (polypropylene and polyester fabrics) performed the worst due to their propensity to […]

Should Nylon and PET plastic pile carpet be banned in Australia and NZ?

2020-06-23T12:42:09+12:00June 23rd, 2020|News Release|

This document contains the current opinion of Greg Galt (Managing Director of Supertuft Pty. Ltd.)

“The answer in my opinion is YES.”

Concerns for public health, the health of children and their ability to develop normally and concerns for our natural environment prompt me to express this opinion.

Nylon is highly flammable and releases asphyxiate gases such as Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) if burned. Therefore […]

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