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Upping the WOOLUME: Waste Prevention Based on Optimal Use of Materials

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Abstract

Agricultural policies have mainly focused on food, and the large-scale textile industry has embraced synthetic, oil-based materials and natural fibres easier to adapt to mass production; leaving most wool in Europe as an untapped resource, and thus creating a waste problem. Through marketing pushes focusing on certain properties at the cost of others, certain classes or breeds of wool have been touted as ‘best’ for more purposes than strictly necessary. A new project, WOOLUME, building on knowledge from KRUS, is looking at wool from mountain sheep in the Polish region of Beskids mountains and rebooting the place-specific value chains. The project looks into wool’s sound-absorbing abilities, which is neither tied to micron-count nor softness. Therefore, we explore what is known today about the potential for lower grade wools that are currently deemed as waste and their ‘good enough’ suitability in sound-absorbing panels and other products identified through two ongoing desk-top studies. This chapter will describe the WOOLUME project from the perspective of ongoing international discourse surrounding the availability and prioritising of local resources and how this can increase the uptake of EU and other countries’ wool.

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  • Wool
  • Sound absorption
  • Resource utilisation
  • Labelling
  • Local fibres
  • Agricultural policies

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    https://woolchemy.com/.

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    https://lammas.ee/uus/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Villa-ja-villat%C3%B6%C3%B6stuse-kava_ELaS.pdf.

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    https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-farmers-forced-to-compost-wool-as-prices-plummet-during-coronavirus-pandemic-12144149.

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    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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Haugrønning, V. et al. (2022). Upping the WOOLUME: Waste Prevention Based on Optimal Use of Materials. In: Klepp, I.G., Tobiasson, T.S. (eds) Local, Slow and Sustainable Fashion . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-88300-3_3

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