Several years ago our company took part in a natural fiber symposium focused on the worldwide challenges facing the alpaca and wool fiber (textile) industries. In the rapidly changing global economy, many of the largest mills could not economically compete with China's less expensive processing capabilities and were forced to close. Those that survived faced additional constraints from governmental agencies demanding less impact on the fragile environment.
Breeders and mill representatives bemoaned the fact that, at times up to 30% of the scoured "luxury" alpaca fiber was discarded after the scouring process! An incredibly high waste factor to deal with, given an industry that needed all the fiber it could gather to economically compete in the worldwide textile marketplace.
Current commercial scour facilities simply mimic wool scouring operations using high heat and strong detergents. Unfortunately, fibers without high levels of surface wax or lanolin (i.e. Alpaca and Cashmere) are subjected to fairly harsh conditions that are probably not necessary, and may indeed be detrimental to the fiber as well as the environment.
Unfortunately, fibers without high levels of surface wax or lanolin (i.e. Alpaca and Cashmere) are subjected to fairly harsh conditions that are probably not necessary, and may indeed be detrimental to the fiber as well as the environment.
High priority was placed upon the creation of the "next generation of fiber cleaners" to:
It was the love of the 52 alpacas they raised, and the enthusiasm, (and frustration), within the fiber industry that lead to the creation of Unicorn Fibre products. Unicorn Fibre products follow the life of all natural fiber; from scouring raw fleece with Power Scour to the after care cleaning of yarns and finished garments with Fibre Wash and anti-static Fibre Rinse – all while effectively maintaining the integrity of the natural fiber cuticle.
As stated by a chemist at Australia's CSIRO Research Labs, Unicorn's fiber cleaning products "could well be the solution to potential energy savings" and…."even small increases in top length can be worth $1m/annum in increased revenue to the producer".
No Phosphates – No Enzymes – No Fillers – Biodegradable – Non-Yellowing – Earth Friendly