Organic Wool

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Organic wool – or more properly, certified organic wool – is one of the many fibre options within the diverse world of wool.

IWTO has been involved in formulating many different standards for the wool industry, including organic wool, as part of the development and monitoring of trade standards.

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. All wool from sheep is inherently organic material: natural, renewable, and biodegradable, and made up from the same complex and highly functional arrangement of amino acids.

Nonetheless some wool is certified 'organic' and this means that many widely used chemicals cannot be utilised to assist the sheep or the wool processor. These chemical classes include 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 recognizes that for certain markets, products that carry a certified organic standard is very important, and thus creates yet another way for the natural beauty and benefits of wool to be experienced.