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Is Wool Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Whether we’re talking thick woollen scarves or stylish, cosy jumpers, wool is a popular and warm material, but is it vegan?

Wool

Wool is the fibre obtained from the coats of sheep and other animals. It’s a warm and fluffy material that’s often spun into yarn and crafted into items of clothing of soft furnishings. 

ball of white wool

Is wool vegan?

In one word, no. Even though the animals, generally sheep, aren’t killed in the collection of wool, it’s not considered vegan to use any animal byproducts. This extends beyond just what we eat to the products we use and the clothes we put on our backs. 

Vegan alternatives to wool 

Check out this comprehensive guide from Plant-Based News for the best eco-friendly and vegan alternatives to wool here.

But what if you already have wool in your wardrobe? Say you already have an old woollen jumper that you love to bits, it’s more of a judgement call as to whether or not you’d like to keep it. As the vegan community is also generally environmentally conscious too, keeping an item you already own might be preferable to discarding it just because it’s made from a non-vegan material. 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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