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Wool Live Cycle Assessment Beverley Henry Wool Academy Podcast

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Insights from the expert on wool’s Life Cycle Assessment

In this episode, Dr. Beverley Henry talks about why the opinions about the sustainability for fibres varies so much and how we can find common grounds through the method of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). She shares with us the latest findings on LCA research for wool and how this is integrated into the textile supply chain. Beverley  explains how individual companies can use the available research on LCA to improve their product footprint.

About Dr. Beverley Henry

Dr Beverley Henry is a member of the IWTO Wool Life Cycle Assessment Technical Advisory Group, an Adjunct Associate Professor with Queensland University of Technology, and a consultant to agricultural industries. For over 30 years she has conducted research on agricultural systems focusing on profitability and sustainability especially in variable climates and markets.  Beverley is particularly interested in the integration of grazing in extensive pastoral regions with effective environmental management and in communicating the value of these systems.  She is a member of Australian Government technical groups on climate change and research issues and a member of several national and international Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Standards bodies, including roles with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and International Standards Organization.

Connect with Beverley Henry here

Beverley’s profile at the Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, Australia

More information about wool LCA on the IWTO website

 

 

 

Silvia Gambi Chamber of Commerce in Prato Wool Academy Podcast 043

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Silvia Gambi from the Chamber of Commerce in Prato explains about the history of how Prato became the centre of recycled wool. Through constant innovation, the Prato region has developed itself into an expert for high quality and innovative recycled wool fabrics. She introduces the Cardato Brand Certification that retailers and brands can work use to promote their products made of recycled wool to the consumer.
She explains further how recycled wool used to be regarded as something dirty while today it meets the demands of the green economy. Many international and well known brands use recycled wool fabrics from Prato in their fashion and interior product collections.

About Silvia Gambi

Silvia is the manager of external relations for the Chamber of Commerce in Prato. Silvia is a law graduate and works as a journalist. She has been involved in textile and fashion for over 15 years.

Connect with the Chamber of Commerce in Prato

Cardato website
Chamber of Commerce in Prato website
Cardato Facebook page
Cardato Twitter profile

Key Time Stamps

[spp-timestamp time=”00:56″] About Silvia Gambi
[spp-timestamp time=”01:17″] About the Chamber of Commerce in Prato
[spp-timestamp time=”01:47″] What is special about Prato and the relationship between Prato and Wool
[spp-timestamp time=”03:10″] History of Prato
[spp-timestamp time=”05:16″] How has the image of recycled wool changed over time?
[spp-timestamp time=”07:50″] How does recycling of wool work?
[spp-timestamp time=”08:41″] The recycled wool standard of Prato
[spp-timestamp time=”09:47″] What products are well suited for recycled wool?
[spp-timestamp time=”10:43″] What type of companies are interested in recycled wool?
[spp-timestamp time=”11:48″] How would consumers know that their product uses recycled wool?
[spp-timestamp time=”12:56″] How to source recycled fabrics?

Wool Academy Podcast Guest 019 Kjersti Kviseth from 2025 Design

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In this episode, Life Cycle Design expert Kjersti Kviseth, talks about the importance of designing products with the 2nd and 3rd life of the product in mind. This is important in order to save resources and protect the environment. She explains how life cycle thinking today also known as the circular economy works and why it will become more and more important in the future. Last but not least she also shows that wool is an excellent fibre to use when it comes to making long lasting products that can transform into new products after its first use phase. Kjersti also shares insights about how the textile industry is working hard to improve the product footprint of the clothes we wear by creating systems based on LCA data.

About Kjersti Kviseth

Kjersti Kviseth runs the product design consultancy 2025design, doing Life Cycle thinking in design and development of materials and products, as well as sustainability assessments and strategies. She has a Diploma in Product design and 15 years of experience in the Norwegian furniture industry of which 10 as Environmental Manager. She has competence in eco-management, Life Cycle Development and “Cradle to Cradle” thinking related to design, product development and manufacturing.

Get in contact with Kjersti Kviseth

2025 Design

Kjersti on LinkedIn

Key Time Stamps

[spp-timestamp time=”01:42″]  About Kjersti Kviseth

[spp-timestamp time=”07:00″]  Being an Einvironmental Manager in the early 90s

[spp-timestamp time=”07:43″]  What is Life Cycle Design

[spp-timestamp time=”09:20″]  Why is it important to think about life cycles of a material and product

[spp-timestamp time=”11:36″]  Example of a Life Cycle Design product

[spp-timestamp time=”13:51″]  Recycling and design for life cycle is no longer in the alternative niche

[spp-timestamp time=”14:34″]  There is a growing demand in the textile and fashion industry for design for life cycling now called circular economy

[spp-timestamp time=”17:09″]  Why wool is a good material for design for life cycle

[spp-timestamp time=”18:22″]  Where should one start with design for life cycle

[spp-timestamp time=”20:42″]  About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

[spp-timestamp time=”24:27″]  The work on wool within the Higg Index

 

 

Angus Ireland Wool Academy Podcast 017

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Research insights on how wool helps improve eczema

In this episode, Angus Ireland from the Woolmark Company,  speaks about the latest research happening in the area of health and wellness as well as wool’s environmental credentials. Angus talks about how super fine wool next to skin products improve the skin health of people suffering from eczema and how this will apply itself to the market. Another topic Angus shares is the work on wool’s environmental credentials.

About Angus Ireland

Angus is the Program Manager – Fibre Advocacy and Eco Credentials for Australian Wool Innovation Limited.
From the NSW tablelands, he studied Wool and Pastoral Science at the University of NSW and completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Business at Deakin University. Angus has considerable experience in raw wool specification and management of wool research and testing operations. He has contributed to the development of automated wool sampling and testing instrumentation for characteristics including, staple length, staple strength, dark fibre, colour, diameter variability and yield.
Angus’ current focus is on extending the scientific basis for wool’s wellness and environmental attributes, including support for new product categories. These activities largely involve partnering with research institutions in Australia and overseas in the conduct of specialist human wellness research, environmental research, and in facilitating international advocacy activities through organisations such as IWTO.
Prior to employment with AWI, Angus worked in a variety of research and operational roles at the Australian Wool Testing Authority Ltd.

 

Connect with Angus Ireland here

The Woolmark Company

Australian Wool Innovation

www.merino.com

IWTO Health and Wellness

IWTO Environment

 

Key Timestamps

[spp-timestamp time=”01:24″] About Angus Ireland
[spp-timestamp time=”01:56″] Angus’ work
[spp-timestamp time=”02:23″] Why it is important to do research on wool’s health and wellness properties and environmental credentials
[spp-timestamp time=”03:08″] More insights about wool’s health and wellness benefits
[spp-timestamp time=”03:58″] Research results in skin health area
[spp-timestamp time=”05:30″] Reasons why there is a larger percentage of people suffering from eczema
[spp-timestamp time=”06:37″] Insights in sleep research with wool.
[spp-timestamp time=”07:48″] Impact of research results on product development and Marketing
[spp-timestamp time=”09:46″] Growth markets for wool
[spp-timestamp time=”10:47″] Specification for next to skin garments
[spp-timestamp time=”12:39″] Research on eco credentials
[spp-timestamp time=”13:50″] Importance of accounting for the full environmental footprint of wool
[spp-timestamp time=”15:54″] Industry can support ongoing research through IWTO.