Wool is naturally an organic fibre and it has inherent characteristics that make it renewable and biodegradable. That applies to all woollen products. However, within the diverse world of wool, there is also a distinct category that identifies what is officially certified as ‘organic wool’, which relates to the manner in which the material has been farmed.
This is wool that has been produced without involving many widely used chemicals, including commonly used veterinary medicines such as preventative treatments against lice and flies and internal parasites.
The inability to provide sheep with modern veterinary chemicals and medicines to prevent ill health is a major reason why organic wool is not widely produced and supplies are limited.
IWTO recognises that for certain markets, the availability of products that carry a certified organic standard is very important and creates yet another way for the natural beauty and benefits of wool to be experienced.
IWTO has been closely involved in formulating the standards for certifying organic wool at a global level, and continues to contribute to and support that work.
At all times, it is important to remember that the organic label does not mean, by implication, that all other types of wool are not safe and healthy.