Despite that the wool market is in terms of seize and negative impact on animal welfare and the environment with a factor > X 10 bigger than the fur market, there’s no precise data per different wool fibers available, since the respective market segments are diversified till an extend which makes it impossible to research and quantify every sole contributor to that mass scale animal exploitation.
The market for raw wool which reached an annual average thru the last decade of > 2.100 million kg per annum will be disrupted with our invention.
“According to the most recent available figures, around 1.160 million kg (2015) of clean raw wool are produced by more than 1.163 billion sheep (2015) around the world. Sheep numbers are up slightly from 2014, and 79 million above the recent low point in 2010; numbers are well above the long-term low in 2002.”*
“Some 500 different breeds of sheep grow wool in a range of colours, textures and lengths. .....Breeds vary by country and environment, making it very hard to generalize about sheep and wool.
The industry classifies wool by average fibre diameter using the micron measurement (abbreviation µ).
The classifications of wool are:
- Fine wool – wool fibre of <= 24,5 µ (fibre diameter)
- Medium wool – wool fibre of 24.6-32.5 µ (fibre diameter)
- Coarse wool – wool fibre of >32.5 µ (fibre diameter)
These classifications are very broad and general while various wool growing countries may grade their wool into more distinct categories.
Sheep are usually shorn once a year in the spring/summer months, although in some countries shearing may take place as many as three times a year. Where production systems are advanced, the wool is rigorously tested to determine properties and different grades are packed separately.
The micron range of the wool fibre typically defines the product application it is used for. Wool used in apparel is typically finer than wool used in interior textiles. Since 2008 more wool is produced for use in interior textiles than for apparel.”*