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feministmama
03-09-2007, 02:12 PM
What is the difference between organic and non-organic wool? :??

Krautie
03-09-2007, 02:18 PM
I would think organic means wool from animals and plant fibers like cotton and non-organic wool is acrylic.

Lucy78green
03-09-2007, 02:32 PM
maybe the sheep were fed on grass that wasn't sprayed with fertiliser????

Friskums
03-09-2007, 02:35 PM
From what I understand, it means the wool isn't treated with anything chemically. It's not bleached or anything.

Or, if it is treated with chemicals, they are with natural ingredients.


[ Edited to add: Here's (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=354371&highlight=organic+wool#354371) a thread where it's been talked about. ]

jeanius80
03-09-2007, 02:38 PM
Organic Trade Association (http://www.ota.com/organic/woolfactsheet.html)
In order for wool to be labled organic it needs :
*Livestock feed and forage used from the last third of gestation must be certified organic;
*Use of synthetic hormones and genetic engineering is prohibited;
*Use of synthetic pesticides (internal, external, and on pastures) is prohibited, and
*Producers must encourage livestock health through good cultural and management practices.


hope that helps!

janelanespaintbrush
03-09-2007, 02:38 PM
maybe the sheep were fed on grass that wasn't sprayed with fertiliser????

That was my understanding -- that they are raised in a way that doesn't hurt the environment.

ETA: Oh, the wonders of the internet -- pretty amazing for a series of tubes! Fact sheet here (http://www.ota.com/organic/woolfactsheet.html).

Silver
03-09-2007, 03:59 PM
I think it means it's more expensive. :teehee:

brendajos
03-09-2007, 04:05 PM
I think it means it's more expensive. :teehee:


lol well that's certainly what it means when I am food shopping. That's why I need to take over the farm from my godfather... organic foods and animals would be wonderful. It is big enough...y'all wanna start a commune?

Stiney
03-09-2007, 04:26 PM
I would think organic means wool from animals and plant fibers like cotton and non-organic wool is acrylic.

We're using the word wool to mean the fiber, not the actual yarn. So she's talking about organic wool yarn, versus regular wool yarn. All from sheep. I know you are from Germany, so just clarifying. :hug:

feministmama
03-10-2007, 10:45 AM
Great links. Thanks! :muah:

Krautie
03-10-2007, 10:50 AM
Thanks, cawthraven! Now I know the difference :wink: