Story: Meat and wool

Wool scouring

After the fleece is shorn, sorted and classed, the first step in the manufacturing process is scouring the wool. This uses hot water and detergents to remove the grease, sweat, dirt and most of the vegetable matter, leaving only the clean wool. New Zealand researchers have developed world-leading scouring technology, making it both highly efficient and environmentally acceptable.

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Alistair Nicol and Caroline Saunders, 'Meat and wool - Wool production and processing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by Alistair Nicol and Caroline Saunders, published 24 Nov 2008