SFF Futures projects: natural fibres

The projects are listed according to their start dates. The latest project is at the top.

Enhancing the wellbeing of people and the planet through sustainable wool products

Project start: 1 January 2021
Project length: 3 years
MPI funding: $1.9 million
Industry funding: $3 million
Industry partner: Bremworth
Region: Nationwide

This project is supporting the research and development of natural and green chemistry-based alternatives to the few remaining synthetic components used in woollen carpets. It aims to spur demand for New Zealand strong wool and enhance our manufacturing competitiveness with high-value wool products that are better for the planet.

Eco-logical textiles for disposable sanitary healthcare products using NZ coarse/strong wool

Project start: 14 July 2020
Project length: 1 year
MPI funding: $79,960
Industry funding: $119,740
Industry partner: Woolchemy NZ Ltd
Region: Wellington

Woolchemy NZ Ltd has developed a sustainable, non-woven textile made of New Zealand coarse wool, as an alternative to the petroleum-based synthetic layers used in most sanitary products. The company will undertake technical and customer trials to ensure the product meets appropriate standards and can be processed at scale to meet overseas demand.

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