A Responsible Approach to Merino
Wool is a naturally renewable and biodegradable fibre with a long history. As the use of wool becomes mainstream in the outdoor and performance apparel market, there is more and more focus on the methods that are used to grow and process the fibre. In response to the growing demands for transparency in apparel manufacturing, a number of different certification, auditing, and comparison programs have emerged that are relevant to wool production. The presentation will discuss the properties of merino, global wool supply and factors that contribute to responsible wool production, as well as introducing different wool supply programs and independent certifications for wool growers. Certificates as ZQ, OVIS XXI and New Merino will be presented. Hamish will discuss the HIGG index, which rates the sustainability of wool alongside other fibres, and present the different processing possibilities of wool and the parameters that certificates such as GOTS, IVN best and bluesign look for when certifying woolen products.
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About the orator
Hamish Allan is a New Zealander, with a significant history in wool and natural resources, currently working in Sales and Marketing with the wool-focused spinner Südwolle Group. Based now in Germany, he worked previously for 7 years at Icebreaker, the pioneers of merino wool in outdoor apparel. There he was responsible for purchasing and supply-chain planning of raw materials, including wool, tops, yarn, and fabric. Hamish studied Forestry Science and worked in land resource management in both New Zealand and Canada, before moving into the wool and apparel industry.
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