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Exploring the science and geekery surrounding wool.

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Five Takes on our Fiber Future

Chilling charts, shifting values, and (literal!) concrete change were just a few of the takeaways from the Natural Fibre Connect conference.

Five Takes on our Fiber Future
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Heatwave!

This may not seem an obvious time to talk about wool. Here in the United States, over 100 million people across 28 states are under some form of a heat-related alert, and conditions are even more critical in the UK and EU. And yet...

Heatwave!
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She Sells Oyster Shells: Breaking Down SeaWool

Oysters in our Sweaters? Recently I've seen ads for sweaters containing oyster shells. While that may sound like an April Fool's joke, it is not. The fiber is called SeaWool [http://hansglobaltextile.net/tech/], and companies are touting it as a revolutionary, eco-friendly fiber that's saving the planet. Marketing materials

She Sells Oyster Shells: Breaking Down SeaWool
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Shrinkproofing Wool: A Quick Primer

Love it or hate it, but machine-washable wool has kept the wool industry afloat. Hello, wool-curious humans! Last week I told you about a study [https://www.thewoolchannel.com/wool-microfibers/] that suggested machine-washable wool biodegrades three times faster than untreated wool and without releasing any microplastics. Since then, I received

Shrinkproofing Wool: A Quick Primer
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Wool in our Waters?

Buckle up, we're headed into the science lab this week! But for good reason. It's time to talk about wool and microfiber pollution.

Wool in our Waters?
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Interview Exclusive for the Foundation Flock

Interview Exclusive for the Foundation Flock
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She Tortures Wool for a Living: Meet the Woman Helping Revive Commercial Wool Testing in the United States

Greetings from Wool Channel HQ! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 🐑  Foundation Flockers, our Flock Talk Q&A is this Monday, August 30th, at 7pm Eastern. Send me your questions, comments, and concerns. This is our time together. 🐑 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have a new episode of Voices in Wool for you! We meet Dr. Dawn Brown,

She Tortures Wool for a Living: Meet the Woman Helping Revive Commercial Wool Testing in the United States
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Can Wool Ease Pain?

Some of us are already true believers. But I've recently discovered—thanks to Foundation Flocker [https://www.thewoolchannel.com/membership/]and longtime friend Sue—that not one but two scientific studies offer compelling evidence that wool clothing and bedding can make our bodies feel better. The first study focused on

Can Wool Ease Pain?
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Your Members-Only Deep Dive: Wool and the Science of Sleep

Can we talk about the time I caused an international incident related to wool pillows? It all started a few years ago while I was Googling ways to turn my house into one giant sheep. I stumbled upon a wool bedding company called Woolroom. I'd never thought of wool pillows

Your Members-Only Deep Dive: Wool and the Science of Sleep
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Members-Only Deep Dive: Can Wool Save our Soil?

As temperatures rise and drought conditions persist, everything about wool in gardens makes sense. Foundation Flockers, it's time for a deep dive—or maybe I should say deep dig—into the world of wool and soil.

Members-Only Deep Dive: Can Wool Save our Soil?