Microplastics. Those teeny tiny fragments of plastic often invisible to the naked human eye can have detrimental effects to the health of our ocean, and marine life too.
In fact, it is estimated that 0.6-1.7 million tons of microfibres are released into the ocean every year. Without every global citizen taking action, the amount of these <5mm in diameter particles is set to increase as consumption of plastics and man-made fibres in clothing rises.
Everything. What you buy, what you wear and what you wash can have a significant impact on the health of our environment.
Synthetic fibres, such as polyester and acrylic, are actually made from plastics derived from crude oil. When worn or washed they release thousands of tiny plastic fibres into the air and waterways. The figures vary depending on the fibre and detergent used, but research has found a typical 5-kilogram wash load of polyester fabrics released more than 6 million microfibres destined for the ocean.
As a natural fibre, wool does not contribute microplastic pollution into the oceans, with science showing wool and machine-washable wool biodegrades in the ocean.
In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool can absorb moisture vapour which means less sweat on your body. Merino wool even absorbs the odour molecules from sweat, which are only released upon washing.
Merino wool is one of the most breathable fibres. Wool fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air.
In contrast to synthetics, Merino wool is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature, helping you stay warm when it’s cold and cool it’s is hot.
Natural elasticity helps Merino wool garments stretch with you, yet return to their original shape.
Merino wool absorbs UV radiation providing protection from the sun, making it a good choice for a wide range of outdoor activities.
For the first time, brands now have standardised guidelines to measure plastic pollution across value chains thanks to the Plastic Leak Project. This science-driven methodology measures plastic leakage and identifies pathways into the environment, allowing brands and supply chain partners to reduce their plastic leakage.