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WOOLUME – a current wool research project in Poland

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.

Baltic Wool Conference

7-9 October 2021

The Gotland Region believes that there is a great deal of knowledge and a great potential for development around the wool business in Gotland. Partly in entrepreneurship, but also locally in the micro industries. We would like to contribute to the development of the wool industry. We strongly believe this conference in the long term will contribute to many of our strategic focus areas. It will be a visitor occasion in October, it will lead to development of the wool industry and it will strengthen craftsmanship and a living cultural heritage.

Nils-Erik Selin, Head of growth and development, Region Gotland

The National Swedish Handicraft Council (NFH) is a government agency under the Ministry of Culture with the task of promoting handicrafts. Important partners for the Authority’s work are the country’s regions, civil society organizations and other cultural authorities. Priority areas include sustainability, cultural and creative industries as well as working with the intangible cultural heritage.

Since the autumn of 2018, a national developer has been focusing on sustainability and wool issues at NFH. The goal is an agenda for how the wool issues, like classification and infrastructure, should be solved at national level together with various actors and authorities. This is done in the form of seminars, conferences and networking, both within Sweden and abroad. The initiative “Baltic Wool Conference” is part of the work to promote the Swedish wool industry, create new contacts and opportunities for further development together with the countries around the Baltic Sea.

Annkristin Hult, National Developer

The Rural Economy and Agricultural Society Gotland, which hosts the Baltic Wool Conference, works for developing business in the countryside. Lamb production is an important industry in Gotland that provides both tasty lamb meat, shimmering lambskin and wool for many uses. Grazing animals keep the landscape open and provide biodiversity. We believe in the development of the Swedish wool industry in collaboration with our neighbors around the Baltic Sea.

Mats Pettersson, CEO of Hushållningssällskapet Gotland