Canterbury Woolspinners’ proposal for 50 redundancies in Dannevirke is sad news for the staff and the town.
It is also concerning for wool producers.
Carpet isn’t the floor covering of choice in many countries and even where it is there are synthetic alternatives which are often cheaper.
There’s an opportunity to tap into the green market going begging.
If only the strong wool industry could follow merino’s example and sell itself as the natural, renewable, flame retardant material it is.
Jon Morgan reminds those of us who grow it that we should be setting a good example by using it in our homes and clothing.
. . . I’m not throwing off my winter woollies just yet.
And they are wool. The blankets on my bed, the rugs on my floor, the clothes on my back (and front). I couldn’t look sheep farmers in the eye if they weren’t.
But a surprising number of sheep farmers are not wearing wool. Quite often their outer clothing is made from a synthetic fibre.
Which makes me wonder about their carpets . . .
If we don’t use the wonderful fibre we grow we have only ourselves to blame if other people don’t either.