I can announce my first purchase of a new item of clothing since starting the Love What You Wear Project 14 months ago. I was in Zara with a friend, me busy inspecting labels for fibre content and where things are made, while she looked for a new dress for work. I found a pure wool tee shirt in pale grey, made in Portugal. The perfect colour to go with my spring wardrobe! and it was in the sale for £7.99
For my Textile Degree I have been reading about the properties of fibres and fibre production. Wool is wonderful! It’s a by-product of the meat industry and wool takes dye well, naturally antibacterial, and if you were to bury your old wool jumper in the garden it would rot away and provide nutrients for plants. Cotton is wonderful too, the problem is the way we grow it. The the amount of precious water required and the fact that there are still issues of child labour and forced labour in the industry for a start.
I love to wear cotton tee shirts, they don’t last as long as I would like as they tend to fade, one of the delights of having a very small wardrobe, you do actually wear clothes out! Wool would be warmer in winter, equally good in a British summer and need washing slightly less often as wool naturally wicks sweat away and is naturally anti-bacterial.
Would you replace your cotton tee shirts with wool?