Regenerative Agriculture for Your Home, Buy Less and Buy Better
Why buy a wool blanket or throw? Wool adds texture and quality to an interior design scheme. Wool is a great way of adding color, texture or patterns, whether that's in a herringbone, basketweave, or tartan pattern.
What is Regenerative Agriculture? The Process is defined as principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services.
Our Planets ecosystem depends on soil to live, but what has soil got to do with how you live and your home? You’ll be surprised just how important the dirt between our toes is for the future of our home and how important wool is for comfortable living.
Wool is important to the environment, is a natural fiber which is why good Agriculture practices are important. Luxury home textiles are the perfect choice to help support and mitigate climate change, regenerate soil and improve water use which all contribute to using natural fibers in a more sustainable way.
What is good soil health?
Good soil health is essential to our ecosystem and plays a vital role in determining how healthy, or unhealthy, we are. Soil is the basis for plant growth (remember learning about photosynthesis at school?), it promotes biodiversity both above and below the ground, provides water, and by acting as a carbon store it plays a pivotal role in combating climate change.
Why is this important for home textiles?
Natural fibers, the best fibers for low impact home textiles, are grown on agricultural land, aka soil. By keeping soils healthy when producing these natural fibers, wool farmers can help the home textile industry to become more sustainable.
So how does wool fit in?
Sheep are key to good soil health. Including healthy animals in farming systems can reduce the need for fertilizers and implementing rotational grazing techniques ensures that grass is trimmed regularly, allowing it to regrow, store more carbon in its roots, and support biodiversity in and above the soil.
Wool is also 100% Natural, renewable and biodegradable. No other fiber, natural or man-made, can match all of wool’s naturally inherent benefits.
Wool is organically occurring. Every year, sheep produce a new fleece, making wool a renewable fiber, and as wool is an organically occurring fiber, it is also natural and biodegradable.
Making a conscious decision to avoid textiles that are non-renewable such as those derived from petrochemicals and fossil fuels is the right decision for the climate. Synthetic fibers are not only sourced from non-renewable resources such as oil, the create pollutants in the environment
How does regenerative agriculture support soil health?
By supporting the natural functions of the environment, regenerative agriculture is a holistic farming approach that focuses on developing the biology and fertility of soils as the basis of the entire farm ecosystem.
The goal of Regenerative agriculture is to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation.
Support soil systems: Return nutrients to the soil to increase microbial health and diversity.
Increase biodiversity: Encourage and support flora and fauna species co-habitation.
Improve water cycles: Repair erosion and reduce and remove water pollution.
Support bio-sequestration: Increase dry matter compost and soil structure to lock carbon back into soil.
Increase resilience to climate fluctuation: Build resilience through ground cover and water storage capacity.
Strengthen soil health and vitality: Improve water retention, compost, microbial health and pastures and tree root systems.
According to the recent US Geological Survey “It is Raining Plastic” Microfiber Blankets are a major problem to our waterways and part of the debris you might find in the lint filter of your home laundry dryer. The average person doesn’t think twice about this, but scientists are concerned because they are finding evidence that these microfibers are in our water supply and are, literally, raining at times from the sky.
Wool growers and healthy animals are key components to improving our climate with regenerative agriculture. Wool uses 18% less energy than polyester and nearly 70% less water than cotton to produce 50 throws. Wool is also 100% biodegradable which does not rain from the sky like microplastic to pollute our waterways or our land.
Consumers can attack climate change by simply buying less and buying better. Buy a wool blanket that can last a lifetime instead of synthetic blankets that wash out in the washer and fill the dryer vent. Regenerative Agriculture can help clean up the Textile Industry. Prince of Scots is leading the way with our Woolmark Certified Wool Blankets. Buy One Today and get Free Shipping!