Alpaca Wool, Authentic Sustainable Luxury!
Fecha: 2016-03-03 20:51:46
From Allpaqa Italy we want to comment about the need of being aware of what we wear, the origin and the way in wish this animal garment is obtained, from breeding methods to shearing.
In fact nowadays the fiber harvested from goats an sheep is the result of an uncontrolled business and countries like China and Mongolia, in order to meet the huge world demand of cashmere products, have multiplied their flocks by five, with the consequent industrialization, leading to poor breeding conditions of the animals and to the desertification of the land, because pastures cannot feed such a huge amount of livestock (nearly 70% of the mongolian countryside is almost desert or in process of desertification).
Years ago buying a cashmere garment in a low-cost shop was an utopia, now its no surprise and this phenomenon is the result of a detrimental evolution of the market.
Once an organization supporting a much more ethical and sustainable fashion industry asked me weather these conclusions could be applied to the alpaca fiber.
First : the 80% of the alpaca wool is produced in the Andean high plateau by small farmers using traditionals methods both in the breeding of livestock, that graze free on the Peruvian plateau, and the shearing, that is carried out every two years. in fact, unlike sheep and goats, this camelids, because of their hooves, compact less the soil beneath their feet and they graze without destroying the roots, which is very important to the prevent the desertification of eating areas since the vegetation here is regenerated much more easily. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that the amount of wool harvest from twenty goats in one year. In addiction the same farmers collect and sell the fiber and then they even export it with the aid of the government so they are the first beneficiaries of the added value of they work that improves their quality of life.
Besides the Alpaca wool is seven times more resistant and three times warmer than sheep´s wool, in fact it looks like new for a much longer time and, as a consequence, it has less impact on the environment; animals are bred and sheared using traditional methods.
If we consider all those factors, we will realize that Alpaca is an authentic luxury fiber, that is ecofriendly and results from fair trade, and it´s no surprise that brands like PRADA or ZEGNA decided to invest in Andean Baby Alpaca fiber for their collections.
In any case, we cannot generalize or demonize and economic sector that is of paramount important for millions of families, we should demand better conditions in all the production processes, that should be regulated by the authorities; it could be a good way to achieve a balance among productivity, respect for the animals, sustainability and fair trade.