Forest Wool turns waste coming from the timber industry - pine needles - into textile fiber.
Forest Wool develops the extraction method that turns this timber industry waste, namely pine needles, into a high-added-value product textile fiber.
The fashion industry in itself, which consumes 70% of total textile production, is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world. Global fiber production to meet this rising demand has doubled over the last 20 years. Unfortunately, the textile industry has a significant impact on people and the planet. Globally, the sector has been significantly contributing to CO2 emissions, chemical pollution, and water contamination. Meanwhile, extensive demand for natural fiber farming is driving deforestation and impacting biodiversity. Next to those environmental impacts, the supply chain is known for poor labor practices, driven by hard-working conditions, limited workers’ rights, and a lack of fair wages.
Pine trees are the world’s main source of timber. Every year 600 million pine trees are cut down in the EU alone. But there is more to the tree than just wood: pine needles account for 10-30% of its mass and to this day they are an unappreciated and underutilized waste-product of logging.
By utilizing locally available resources to their best, we have a chance to decrease the dependency on precious farmland and resource-intensive crops like cotton.Pine needle fiber is a sustainable alternative for cultivated fibers because it doesn’t require agricultural land, pesticides, and water for its resources to grow.
Our mission is to eliminate waste by utilizing natural resources to their best potential!