The International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) has re-launched the Green Wool Facts brochure. The second edition of the Green Wool Facts publication highlights recent work on wool’s Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and its impact on the environment. The 18-page booklet provides case studies on the topic and also explains IWTO’s push to prove the environmental credentials of wool. It points out that 50 per cent of the weight of wool is comprised of pure organic carbon; in comparison to cotton and viscose, which contain 40 per cent and 24 per cent respectively. Therefore, the claim that wool is a naturally green product. In addition, IWTO says that wool is readily biodegradable, unlike most synthetic fibers, and wool clothing and processing wastes are routinely recycled into other durable forms of textile (woolen-spun knitwear, insulation, geo textiles).
The relaunch, IWTO’s 83rd Congress is currently in progress in Cape Town, and gives the organisation an opportunity to highlight the importance of the wool sector and its relationship with the environment.
IWTO is an international and independent organisation, which focuses on world wool trade regulations. Its annual congress gives an opportunity for leaders in the trade to meet and help build a professional and sustainable industry, and for people to gain a better understanding of the South African sector.