The Wooly Savior
A sheep’s wool is natural, renewable and biodegradable. Wool is the most reused and recyclable fibre on the planet of the significant apparel fibres, with many slow fashion designers now choosing to work with wool.
“The more that wool is reused and recycled, the lower the environmental footprint of wool supply chains, but there are also economic benefits. Wool is not only a high-value fibre which is sought after for its quality and natural benefits of durability and low care, but also has advantages in long-established recycling processes.” See ful article here:
Fast Fashion is Damaging Our Planet
To look at how we can use wool for its sustainable qualities, we first need to look at Fast Fashion.
“25% of young people claim to have thrown away an outfit after just one use.”
See article here.
There is no doubt that Fast Fashion is damaging our planet. We buy clothes we don’t need and throw them away just as quickly. Fast fashion has encouraged a throwaway culture. There is no value on the items that we purchase as they can be replaced instantly with a new outfit that lasts a long as your lastest Instagram story.
With trends on social media to be seen as fashion influencers a lot of clothing is only purchased to be seen digitally. Once an outfit is worn on a night out and photographed it is quickly discarded, never to be worn again.
“The garment industry is one of the most polluting in the world, but some clothing makers and consumers are calling for a more sustainable industry.” See full article here.
It’s time for us to become more aware of what we are purchasing and take responsibility for how our consumerism is impacting our planet. By simply changing how we buy clothing, we can try to combat the effect of Fast Fashion by being more conscious of what we purchase.
“Fast fashion is like fast food. After the sugar rush, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.” — Livia Firth.
We Support Local Producers
At Moriarty’s, we support local producers who use ethical methods to create sustainable products.
Wool is one of these products. It is natural, biodegradable and renewable.
How is wool sustainable?
• Wool products have long lifespans, meaning they are used or worn longer than other textile fibre products.
• Wool products tend to be washed less, which has a lower impact on the environment.
• Wool is recyclable.
• Wool dissolves readily on land and in water – biodegradable in nature as a protein-based fibre, wool does not contribute to microplastic pollution.
One of our local suppliers is Kerry Woolen Mills. They are one of the last surviving traditional woollen mills still manufacturing in the beautiful Kerry countryside. Established over 300 years ago to alleviate local poverty, the mill drew on the adjacent River Gweestin for the power to drive its machinery and the water to wash and dye its wool.
Today the company focuses on serving niche markets with natural fibres in classic and traditional styles & colours.
The Celtic Ruana Wrap
Check out this beautiful Celtic Ruana Wrap collection from Kerry Woollen Mills.
The Celtic Ruana Wrap is a versatile, lightweight lambswool garment that can be worn as a shawl, scarf, wrap or cape. A classic timeless piece that is very soft and warm, making it the ideal gift for yourself our your loved ones. This wrap is the perfect addition to your wardrobe.