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Congress 2021

Let's Talk Wool The IWTO Congress took place 17-21 May this year with a fully digital series of presentations and discussions held over the course of five days and spanning time global zones. From what's driving wool sustainability to the latest market statistics, we heard from some of the world's leading wool professionals and experts – to view the programme, click on the image below. This annual event is a highlight of the global wool textile industry calendar.  Videos from various presentations, and some entire presentations, are available on the IWTOCHANNEL. IWTO Members and Event Attendees may log in to view selected presentations. Programme Highlights Opening Session Scott Williams, who facilitated Australia's Wool 2030 Strategy, opened the Congress on 17 May with insights into this new vision. He was joined by the Campaign for Wool's Peter Ackroyd, who has guided the Campaign into key international markets

By |2021-05-25T14:52:01+00:00February 23rd, 2021|Events|Comments Off on Congress 2021

Covid Transforms Europe’s Trade Shows

Covid-19 transformed Europe's trade shows. After an upbeat start in January, by mid-year they were either fully digital or hybrid. Here, fabric & yarns expert Janet Prescott shares her insights into the wool trade in this most unexpected of years. A Digital Transformation for European Trade From Pitti Connect to Première Vision, Milano Unica and Filo, efforts to stage exhibitions during the pandemic, whether completely digital or hybrid, forced full-speed acceleration of e-commerce. Sometimes barely profitable due to reduced footfall, they worked. Online visits to virtual showrooms led to contacts and real sampling enlivened by new designs. Growing usage of social media for information and contact down the supply-chain proved game-changing. Wool made its presence felt throughout as a sustainable and technical fibre. The Woolmark Company, participating at Pitti Uomo, joined the first video of Pitti Connect Conversation in its capacity as technical partner to ultrachic Luna Rossa yachting.

By |2020-12-08T13:35:33+00:00November 12th, 2020|Blog, News|Comments Off on Covid Transforms Europe’s Trade Shows

Cotton-Based Substitute for Plastic Wins Award

A cotton-based substitute for plastic wins natural fibres award IWTO congratulates Dr. Noureddine Abidi, Professor and Director, Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, at Texas Tech University, for winning the  2020 Discover Natural Fibre Innovation Award. The Discover Natural Fibres Initiative - DNFI - announced the winner of the annual award today, 30 Ocotber. In his winning submission, Dr Abidi created a process which transforms low-quality cotton fibre into a gel that can be turned into bioproducts, including bio-plastic films. The process that uses a plant-based substitute is an inexpensive alternative to petroleum-based plastics. Moreover, the cotton-based bio-plastic is biodegradable in soil, yet stable in household conditions. Products made from this bio-plastic film would have properties similar to those of plastics currently in common use – but with several environmental benefits. Cotton-based innovation shows how natural fibres offer eco-friendly options to petroleum-based synthetics Commerical options for the cotton-gel/bio-plastic process include

By |2020-10-30T21:50:38+00:00October 30th, 2020|Blog, News|Comments Off on Cotton-Based Substitute for Plastic Wins Award

Wool Round Table 2020

Thank you to all who participated in Wool Round Table 2020. Representatives from 21 countries and all stages of the wool pipeline made this event a successful note on which to end a challenging year. Our four live Chat Rooms took place over three days across the globe. We heard about the state of wool trade in Australia, China, Europe and the US. Demand for wool has picked back up in China, especially for the domestic market. For international markets, particularly where Covid-19 remains a challenge, demand remains weak but panellists remained optimistic. The world is shifting to more sustainable living, and this is where the natural, renewable, eminently recyclable wool fibre very much shines. Despite the turmoil of drought, fire and pandemic, along with volatility in the wool market, "the industry remains focussed on addressing sustainability issues that will address downstream demands and upstream processes," said David Michell,

By |2020-12-09T15:52:37+00:00October 1st, 2020|Events|Comments Off on Wool Round Table 2020

Score Natural Fibres Fairly – IWTO Responds to Green Claims Consultation

All fibres deserve a fair environmental rating. To achieve this, rating methods must resolve inherent bias against natural fibres, the International Wool Textile Organisation has told lawmakers as part of a consultation on forthcoming European legislation. What's at stake? Loss of credibility with consumers. While a harmonised approach to measuring the environmental performance of products is desirable, the system must be meaningful and accurate. Only then will it have the intended result of identifying truly sustainable products, IWTO said. IWTO responded to a consultation that was part of a wider initiative being developed by the European Commission. The initiative will lead to legislation on the environmental claims companies will be allowed to make about their products and services. Ensuring a level playing field for natural fibres The wool industry has been proactive in identifying the limitations of current environmental assessment methods. Research led by the industry led to a

By |2020-10-13T12:34:48+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Blog, News|Comments Off on Score Natural Fibres Fairly – IWTO Responds to Green Claims Consultation

Wool Face Masks In Demand

Covid-19 has made face masks 2020's most required accessory. Fashionable or not, public health officials around the world now agree: covering the nose and mouth helps reduce the spread of Covid-19. So, we need to cover up. For most of us that means a comfortable, protective covering for everyday use. Something washable and re-useable is a real win over single-use and disposable. Wool Face Masks: Natural, Breathable, Re-Useable Wool is unique among fibres in that, thanks to the structure of its fibres, it naturally wicks moisture away from the skin and allows the skin to breathe. Research has shown how superfine Merino wool operates as a dynamic buffer, regulating humidity and temperature near the skin – read more about how that works here. The result is: you feel drier and more comfortable. Many of the wool masks now on the market are using Merino wool next to the skin, or

By |2020-10-14T11:43:21+00:00August 20th, 2020|Blog, News|Comments Off on Wool Face Masks In Demand

Virtu-Wool Conference

As a lead-in to the international Wool Research Conference, which has been postponed until March 2021 at the earliest,  AgResearch hosts this on-line conference.  Conference sessions will be scheduled at times that will maximise participation by international attendees. AgResearch (NZ) will host the International 'Virtual-Wool' Research Conference, 26-27 August 2020. The Conference welcomes abstracts for presentations from researchers working on wool, human hair, and protein-based materials that describe the latest findings in the following areas: Wool and hair fibre science Fibre processing technologies Wool textile chemistry, including coloration and finishing Haircare products and technologies Specialty animal fibres Sustainable wool processing The in-use and end-of-life impact of wool products Measurement and characterisation of wool fibres and textiles Novel wool products and technologies Design with wool Wool-derived materials and bioproducts The role of wool in a post-Covid world Email IWRC20@agresearch.co.nz for the abstract template and details. Abstract

By |2020-07-09T13:03:08+00:00July 9th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Virtu-Wool Conference

First Full Wool LCA Reveals Importance of Use Phase

The average number of lifetime wears for the “first user” of the garment: 79 When the first person to own the garment no longer wanted it, the garment was either disposed of to municipal waste, recycled, given to family members, or donated to charity and resold. The rate of donation to charity for resale: 76% The wool sweater was worn on average for 5.2 days  between washes Use Phase is key to sustainability of clothing, wool research finds. The sustainability of our clothing is strongly influenced by the number of times it is worn and how long it is actively used,  new wool reasearch reveals. By examining the full life cycle of a wool sweater, researchers found significant opportunities to reduce environmental impact by wearing clothes more often and keeping them longer. Completing seven years of work, a team of researchers from Australia, New Zealand

By |2021-04-15T09:41:08+00:00July 8th, 2020|News|Comments Off on First Full Wool LCA Reveals Importance of Use Phase

Sustainability Ratings for Apparel Must Improve

Merino wool sheep in South Africa Reviewers of a leading environmental impact tool for apparel find that its systems must improve, or it risks producing misleading results. A number of environmental impact tools have been developed in recent years.  These tools aim to measure the environmental footprint of apparel products. One such tool is the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Material Sustainability Index (MSI). It is one of the suite of tools in the Higg Index. Dr Stephen Wiedemann and Dr Kalinda Watson of Integrity AG & Environment (Australia) reviewed the MSI with specific reference to fabrics made from natural fibres, making several key recommendations. These recommendations would bring the Higg tool into alignements with ISO standards, and establish a level playing field for rating both natural and syntheric fibres. Read the full review in the peer-reviewed journal Sustainability. Where the MSI Needs to Improve In their review, Drs Wiedemann

By |2020-11-09T10:42:46+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Blog, News|Comments Off on Sustainability Ratings for Apparel Must Improve
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