Monika Rom, Assistant Professor at the University of Bielsko-Biala, Faculty of Materials, Civil and Environmental Engineeringpresented a new research project from Poland. WOOLUME is a newly started research project initiated to find solutions enabling rational use of wool from Polish Mountain Sheep, and the aim is to support ways for using all wool.
WOOLUME intends to show that wool is a valuable raw material which can be used for high-end interior products manufactured with traditional textile technologies, but also develop products which can be made from low-grade wool fibres. The name WOOLUME was chosen as they want to scale up production and use as much wool as possible!
The project is based on learning from the Norwegian experience to create local value chains for wool.
They have two norwegian partners in applied sciences and cooperates with companies. Cooperation is important for the project and they would like to connect with other countries and projects as well.
The Polish Mountain Sheep is adapted to harsh conditions and farmers want to keep them as they are doing well in the local environment. The wool varies in quality and colour – it is thick and hard with long flocks falling on both sides and mostly white, but sometimes also black and brown.
WOOLUME aims to build a value chain for the local wool with a zero waste philosophy. It is also very important to build a good atmosphere about wool in Poland.