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Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?

In today's day and age, more and more people are becoming aware of the fashion industry's twisted and cruel reality. It's tough to know where fabrics and materials come from, and when you do, it's even harder to determine whether these materials are ethically obtained or not. 

Is there truly a way to shop sustainable, Eco-Friendly luxury wool? And if so, what is the best type of fabric to buy? Is there a yarn that can easily replace the soft and warm feeling cashmere offers? The short answer is yes.
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Eco-friendly and ethical practices

I spent my last year of college researching the environmental and humanitarian impacts of fast fashion. I became obsessed with the best ways to determine whether a product is eco-friendly, ethically produced, and with the overall idea of living more sustainably. 

It may come as a surprise, but Alpaca wool is one of the most ethical products available on the luxury market. This eco-friendly and cruelty-free yarn, worn by Peruvians for centuries, leads to the rise of the thriving textile industry. It is now known worldwide as a more luxurious, warmer, and lighter alternative to Cashmere.
 
How is Alpaca wool obtained?

Alpacas, South American camellias, can move relatively freely in large enclosures in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. They are not killed so that the farmers receive their wool; they are carefully shorn to be released into the wild a few hours later. 

Alpaca wool does not need strong chemicals to be cleaned, which makes it an environmentally friendly fiber. It is also important to mention that alpacas are naturally available in 24 different colors, from all-black to white and an abundance of gray and brown tones. This variety of colors makes it easier for manufacturers to limit the process of dying.


CashmereVS Alpaca wool

Cashmere became popular in the 1980s, and for many years it was considered one of the most luxurious wools on the market. Due to its strong but very soft and lightweight consistency, it quickly became popular amongst female and male luxury fashion enthusiasts alike and has been used by designers for decades. 

Its high popularity has led to some animal welfare, and environmental problems as the primary producers in China and Mongolia are forced to overgraze in the face of growing demand. Apart from the threat to the animals, the constant counterfeiting of cashmere products is also a cause for concern. 

Alpaca wool is a fantastic alternative to Cashmere, and some may even think it is the better choice for various reasons. One is that it is shinier than Cashmere, and pilling is not a real issue with Alpaca. 
Alpaca wool is hypoallergenic as it contains no lanolin, the perfect solution for those who are sensitive to wool.

 
Supporting the indigenous communities 

Alpacas live freely in the Peruvian Andes, peacefully co-existing with thousands of indigenous communities. These families rely on breading as their primary source of income. 

Every year these communities come together to breed, shear and then turn the high-value fiber into luxurious yarn. 

The traditional way of life continues to this day, with many family farms supported by the Fair Trade movement.

By choosing Products from a Peruvian Alpaca Fashion line, you actively contribute to these small communities' prosperity and the continuation of their weaving traditions.

 


 
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