Sheep industry educates on wool website

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DENVER — The American Sheep Industry (ASI) Association and its American Wool Council have launched a multi-faceted campaign to inform consumers about wool, including a new website at americanwool.org.

A new American Wool logo was launched in 2016 to kick off renewed promotional efforts. The website will work in conjunction with a variety of social media sites to tell American wool’s narrative in a multi-media fashion that includes stories, photos and video.

“What we found is that consumers are not aware that wool is a high-performance fiber,” said ASI Director of Wool Marketing Rita Kourlis Samuelson.

“A lot of consumers don’t understand how modern-day wool differs from grandma’s scratchy, old sweater.”

Wool 101 covers tips for the care of wool products, the types of wool, the science of wool and animal care. The types of wool section discusses the process of creating wool garments. The website shows a variety of wool fabrics, from 18.5 micron wool, which would be used in base layers, to 24.5 micron wool, which is common in outerwear.

American wool provides natural protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, is anti-allergen, flame resistant and odor resistant. A shopping section will link consumers with companies offering American wool products ranging from clothing to blankets.

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