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Wool Stocktake : AWI Annual Report 2014-15
• AWI has been sponsoring clinical studies to assess superfine wool as a potential therapeutic clothing material in the management of Atopic Dermatitis. • A scientific paper arising from the initial trial of adult patients at Queensland Institute of Dermatology (QID) has been submitted for publication. The study results were positive, showing that Merino base layers were well tolerated with no participant displaying an inflammatory reaction to the Merino garments, and scores for all key dermatological indices were improved in a statistically significant manner (eg dryness, redness, desire to itch, quality of life etc). The authors proposed that superfine Merino wool be reclassified as a therapeutic fibre in patients with Atopic Dermatitis. Positive results of this study were reported at the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver in June 2015. Importantly, further positive results have recently been found in a more comprehensive AWI-funded study of children just completed at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. A follow-on study of adults is currently under way at QID. • In a separate measure to address negative perceptions of wool, good progress is being made in assembling a team of eminent medical experts (dermatologists and allergists) to produce a consensus statement on wool's allergy status to reconcile the current medical understanding of wool with misconceptions in the broader community. • Wool sleepwear represents a key strategic opportunity for knitters and growers of fine Merino wool, while wool bedding, underlays and duvets, represents an opportunity for mid-micron wools. • Wool, due to its natural breathability has been shown to maintain a more stable microclimate around the sleeper. A pilot study of wool and polyester duvets using a sweating manikin found that wool provided greater control of humidity levels and changes to humidity arising from sweating. By contrast the polyester duvet created higher microclimate humidity and exhibited more susceptibility to humidity changes than the wool duvet. This attribute of wool helps minimise the 'hot and clammy' sensation that reduces sleep quality. • The Woolmark Sleep Health manual • Wool in human health and well-being Laing, R • Wool bedding performance in dynamic sleep environments Troynikov, O; Watson, C • A pilot study to determine the safety, tolerability and efficacy of Merino base layers in the treatment of mild, moderate or severe atopic dermatitis in a garment occluded area Spelman, L; Swan, P; Davidson, K; Holland, T; Sacre, S. Merino garments are breathable and will respond to temperature change, meaning babies are more likely to settle and sleep through the night. Pictured here is a 100 per cent Australian Merino wool 'blanky' and 'beanie' from Woolmark licensee Ewenique. Investment activities will largely involve: • Continuing to monitor environmental issues and changing legislation which may pose a potential threat to the wool business. • Identification of areas of most concern in relation to chemicals commonly used in wool processing, and identify where possible suitable alternatives. Where no alternatives exist, develop alternative solutions. • Identifying unwanted residuals on wool products and develop techniques to remove or eliminate them which the manufacturer can adopt before the products leave the factory. • Enhancing and transferring knowledge relating to the reduction of water and energy during manufacturing. Developing guidelines outlining options for wool manufacturers in this area. • Developing processes that can be carried out during manufacturing, which enable Easy Care wool products to be successfully domestically laundered (effective cleaning and stain removal etc.) at reduced temperatures during washing, and reduced drying times during tumble drying. • Developing a strategy relating to recycling of wool. • Conducting work to have a better understanding of the parameters which effect wool's rate of decomposition, from which advisory notes and best practice guidelines can be developed'. REPORT OF 2014/15 OPERATIONS -- OFF-FARM R&D
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