Is wool bio degradable?

Natural fibres such as wool are biodegradable. They do not accumulate in the environment but breakdown naturally to harmless compounds.

Wool is 100% natural protein fibre. Every year sheep produce a new fleece making it a renewable fibre source. At the end of its useful life it can be returned to the soil where it will start to decompose in a very short time, where as most synthetics are extremely slow to degrade. For example: Did you know that garments made out of polyester and nylon take about 40 years to degrade, whereas those made of wool take only one year!

A biodegradable product can be broken down by a biological process (bacteria and fungi) into natural raw materials, carbon dioxide, water and naturally occurring minerals. To find out more visit the Campaign for Wool website for more information.