Wool is a natural fibre with a remarkable range of benefits. The problem is that not everyone knows about these advantages. If people could be better educated about wool – preferably from an early age – they would soon understand just how useful, versatile, and sustainable it is. With this in mind, Irish fibre artist Lorna McCormack decided to found a company called Wool in School. International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) is pleased to introduce this company and its programs to our members.

A Wool Inspired Education Company

Wool in School is an education company with wool as its primary inspiration. It is committed to spreading awareness of wool, its production, and its sustainable qualities. The company says: “We believe now is a decisive time to lead the discussion as to why wool has a place in the conversation of climate change.”

Through its programs, Wool in School introduces children, teachers, and families to the qualities of wool. It showcases the fibre’s sustainability, and the role it can play in our collective future, “in the midst of our ongoing battle with climate change and environmental renewal.”

Wool in School encourages cross-generational learning and encourages further investigation into its uses and benefits as a sustainable resource.

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Wool2Ewe Wool Program

One of the primary tools in Wool in School’s educational toolkit is Wool2Ewe, an education box featuring colourful printed displays that can be used in the classroom. The Wool2Ewe program is open to all schools interested in finding out about the properties of wool and how they benefit our planet. It shows, in clear, easy-to-understand, fun terms, why wool is important to climate change, and how it helps to reduce waste and use more sustainable materials. It facilitates farm to fabric investigation of the wool value chain and helps to inspire enthusiasm for genuine, lasting change. Children are encouraged to explore the properties of wool, engaging in a hands-on learning experience.

Wool in School offers opportunities to companies and organisations in the global wool industry to help educate the next generation about the importance of wool. Companies can contact Wool in School to discuss the various licence and collaboration options available.

Learn All You Need to Know About the International Wool Industry

The Wool2Ewe Wool Program has proven to be a valuable and enriching experience for students in schools. Through hands-on learning opportunities, students have gained a deeper understanding of the wool industry, sustainable farming practices, and the importance of ethical choices in fashion.

Students discover the journey of wool from sheep to garment and are inspired to make conscious choices in their daily lives.

IWTO is committed to supporting wool textile education, including collaboration between industry and academia, cross-disciplinary approaches, and degree programmes that link with research. Visit our Wool Education page to discover more.

For more information on the wool industry around the world, take a look at our fact sheets, statistics, and guidelines.

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