Monday, 22 December 2008

Where does all the wool go to?

Post number 36

An apology, first: We unreservedly apologise to the proprietors of the Ivy, management, staff, the patrons, NSA and rare breeds of sheep farmers for grouping the Ivy chefs and restaurant with our partially defined celebrities. The error was in the logic used whereby and while we meant to separate the Ivy from the others and justify the higher tariffs they may charge, we lost the thread. We take it you all know what we intended to say and you may have forgiven us for the oversight.

We have been having a quick look over the available data and it would appear that most of world’s wool ends up in China. We also have it from reliable sources that Austrian (not Australian) wool is imported to the UK while our wool is almost entirely exported to China. Do we import a special kind of wool from Austria that British sheep farmers do not produce? Could we suggest an alternative substitute we could use instead of importing?

Then there is another issue that seeks attention: The air miles that cotton covers from the US to Asia and from there back to the UK in our case, may be looked at in relation to air miles our wool travels to reach China. If we wore wool here, then we will have reduced the need for so much cotton and the associated air miles.

Indications are that our wool when made to clothes may also contribute towards recycling in an indirect way. Its’ use for clothes will reduce the bulk of unwanted cheap cotton destined to land fills each year. Moreover, wool has a man made burial place with a twin purpose. After use, garments can be shredded/pulverised and used in wall cavities for insulation. This would result in even lesser demand for land fill sites. China may use the entire world’s virgin new wool for insulation while they, the US, India and others promote cotton which reached proportions of over kill.

Selective environmentalist if we can coin a phrase for them, have turned a blind eye and seemingly pretend they know nothing of at least the GM version of cotton that has covered an incalculable surface areas of our population’s bodies. Their cherry picking of environmental issues comes across as highly unethical and verges on immorality. Clearly, there is no comment in this blog from Soil Association as we were promised. The world waits. Statement from Greenpeace John Sauven’s office that they don’t do GM is not good enough.

The children who may wish to get involved in our wool causes may already be ahead of us in seeing ways to get started. Well, good. They shouldn’t under estimate the amount of knowledge they already have. We provide you (let us address you directly) with threads to get you kick started, and you will do most of the rest. We should have grouped the university students with you lot, too. We just did.

We will continue along these lines and provide further support and threads.



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