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Carpet-maker Cavalier is ditching synthetics in favour of wool and other natural fibres, citing "negative impacts on people’s health and the planet". The listed company yesterday unveiled a new transformational strategy, saying it would transition away from the manufacture and supply of synthetic fibre carpets over the next 12 months and existing synthetic stocks would be sold down. In its strategy, the company said the long-term dangers posed by plastics were becoming clear. Plastic was ...
At this time of the global COVID19 pandemic Lanaco, a deep science technology start-up based in Auckland has spent a decade developing its organic/hybrid HelixTM Filter Media based on the science of DNA genetics from specially selected sheep flocks that have been bred in New Zealand to produce a truly unique and high performing natural protein fibre optimised for filtration. HelixTM Filter Media is manufactured at Lanaco’s Auckland, New Zealand facility and forms the core elements of a range...
Sheep space: Is NZ wool about to blast off to Mars? - NZ HERALD Oct 2018 New Zealand wool may be about to go where no human has gone before: deep space. Nasa is currently evaluating a Kiwi-made, wool-based filter system to protect astronauts in its Orion spacecraft, being designed to explore the moon, Mars and asteroids.
Wool gets revived as tide turns on synthetics' pollution of the seas - STUFF ARTICLE Aug 2018 A new wave of socially and environmentally-conscious consumers are turning to natural fibres for their clothing and homes, rejecting polluting synthetics and plastics. New Zealand wool companies are already tapping into this trend, promoting wool as a natural, biodegradable and renewable replacement. But while momentum is growing, returns remain stubbornly low for the coarser end of New Zealand...
Healthy homes, healthy futures - TEACHING RESOURCE: Citizen science and the local community Rongomai Primary School is leading a Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures project. The project is part of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) programme. Science teacher Nick Pattison and his students have teamed up with high school teacher Nicole Stevens and the Manurewa High School Health Sciences Academy to investigate types of mould growing in local homes.
Exploring wool fibre properties - STUDENT ACTIVITY: In this activity, students explore the microstructure of wool fibre and how it relates to the properties and uses of wool. Purpose This activity will help students understand how the microstructure of wool creates its properties and determines its suitability for particular products.
Wool differences between breeds - VIDEO: The key difference between wool from different sheep breeds is the diameter and the amount of crimp. Merino sheep produce very fine wool with a tight crimp – this makes it suitable for making into high-quality apparel. Coarser diameter wool such as crossbred has a long crimp and is used mainly for heavy apparel and carpets.