It used to be worth $10/kg to farmers in the 80’s, now farmers are throwing it into gullies to dispose of the waste product. The world’s natural and renewable fibre needs a desperate lifeline, but our guests in this week’s Opinion Maker can see the light on the horizon of consumer change & urge farmers to hold on.
A new NZ National Standard for Wool has been established under the New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP) with 15 new wool companies signing up to the programme.
The NZFAP provides assurances to customers and consumers about the integrity, traceability, biosecurity, food safety, environmental sustainability and animal health and welfare of New Zealand’s primary sector products.
The fifteen wool companies are […]
Opinion: New Zealand has banned single use plastic bags, so why can’t we get rid of synthetic carpets? Dr Jacqueline Rowarth investigates.
New Zealand banned single use plastic bags in 2019 from July 1.
Over 9000 people had their say in the consultation process, and the Ministry for the Environment took action. The aim was to reduce waste and […]
An exhibition telling the story of an old Kiwi shearing shed practice, which produced some of the country’s earliest export brands that represented New Zealand internationally, will be launched at Totara Estate near Oamaru on November 14.
Secret Lives of Stencils is an exhibition that celebrates the life and 150-year history of the New Zealand wool bale stencil – and […]
National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests chairman Craig Smith says the big thing missing from the wool working group’s report is an action plan to deliver the recommendations.
Mr Smith, who is general manager of Devold Wool Direct, was part of the working group in the early stages when it was set up in 2018.
“We all know the wool industry […]
Designers to the ready – WoolOn 2021 entries are set to open!
WoolOn Creative Fashion event is one of New Zealand’s iconic fashion events, encouraging both new and experienced designers to create visual, wearable pieces using New Zealand’s most sustainable wool fibres.
Based in gorgeous Central Otago, WoolOn aims to showcase and develop wool design and artistry in New Zealand. Young designers, […]
By Sally Rae
Long-time wool advocate Craig Smith says his new role as chairman of the National Council of New Zealand Wool Interests is about “championing the cause of wool”.
The council is an association of organisations engaged in the production, testing, merchandising, processing, spinning and weaving of wool and allied fibres.
Mr Smith, who is general manager of Devold Wool Direct, […]
BRUSSELS, 27 MARCH 2020 – What happens to textile fibres once they enter freshwater systems and the sea? It’s a question that received scant attention until the recent rise of concern over microfibres.
A substantial body of research firmly establishes how wool biodegrades on land, but far less was understood of its behaviour in the aquatic environment – until now.