Strong wool-based adhesive bandage
Project start: 11 May 2021
Project completed: 29 September 2022
MPI funding: $50,550
Industry funding: $50,500
Industry partner: NewCul
This project successfully developed a prototype strong wool-based adhesive bandage that is 100% biodegradable. The bandage will protect wounds from friction, bacteria, additional damage and dirt, and will be free from petroleum-based products. NewCul received additional SFF Futures funding for Phase 2 of the project, which will work on refining the prototype.
Strong Wool Action Group project
Project start: 1 September 2021
Project completed: December 2021
MPI funding: $2,800,000
Industry funding: $700,000
Industry partner: Strong Wool Action Group Ltd
This project undertook work to deliver a roadmap for the strong wool industry, including identifying new commercial strong wool opportunities. It recommended an enduring business model for the sector.
Hemp R& D Phase 1
Project start: 5 November 2020
Project completed: 24 September 2021
MPI funding: $96,000
Industry funding: $150,000
Industry partner: NZ Yarn Limited
Project summary: This project informed the development of innovative, clean and sustainable technology to produce fit-for-purpose hemp fibre. It tested a range of technologies and evaluated them for their effectiveness and efficiency in separating and processing hemp fibre from the stems. NZ Yarn will use these findings to set up a leading-edge natural fibre processing line.
Woolchemy NZ Ltd
Project start: 14 July 2020
Project completed: 16 August 2021
MPI funding: $79,960
Industry funding: $119,740
Industry partner: Woolchemy NZ Ltd
Woolchemy has developed the world’s first wool-based sustainable materials for personal care products, including nappies. The outcomes from nappy trials conducted by several nappy manufacturers during the project proved that Woolchemy’s versatile proprietary materials: provide superior performance compared to equivalent synthetic materials; radically improve the environmental impact of hygiene products; and can be produced at scale via existing manufacturing technology.