The fashion industry, including the production, processing and distribution of the materials used, is one of the greatest contributors to pollution on the planet. One of the best ways to minimize the environmental pollution caused by this industry is to be more conscious about the types of fibers and materials we are using--and choosing more environmentally-friendly options, such as alpaca fiber. Natural fibers such as alpaca
Alpacas, which are mainly bred in the Peruvian Andes, are "green" livestock. This means that they are light on the land, preventing soil erosion and graze by "cutting" the grass, instead of pulling it out like other livestock animals used for their fiber, which allows the grass to continue to grow.
Alpaca are also very easy to take care. They only eat 1-2% of their weight per day, compared to cashmere goats (10%), therefore requiring little food, water or special attention. Furthermore, their will can product 4-5 sweaters per year, compared to cashmere goats which only produce ONE sweater every FOUR years.
Now that we know that raising alpaca and therefore the production of fiber is eco-friendly, let's move on to celebrating the sustainable aspects of processing alpaca fiber into textiles.
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