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Report highlights wools’ damaging environmental impact

A recent “Pulse of the Fashion Industry” report shows, sheep farming, just like cattle farming, generates huge quantities of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change. Wool production gobbles up precious resources. Environmentalists are increasingly highlighting the negative impact of sheep farming on the landscape. Land are cleared and trees cut to make room for grazing sheep, leading to increased soil salinity, erosion, and decreased biodiversity.

In England and Wales, farming has stripped almost the entire upland area of wildlife such as eagles and mountain hares. If we stopped exploiting sheep, this land could be returned to nature, allowing the re-establishment of forests, wetlands, and other vital natural habitats that provide wild animals with homes.

Pesticides and insecticides are often used on sheep to keep them free of parasites. And once sheep have been shorn, their wool is scoured and washed using chemicals, which can also contaminate nearby water sources.

According to the “report and the “Higg Materials Sustainability Index“,greenhouse-gas emissions generated in wool production are far greater than those caused by the production of acrylic, nylon, viscose, and many other synthetic materials.