Few people know that alpaca is in fact considered a sustainable fiber. What do we mean by that?
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, alpaca is a sustainable fiber because alpacas coexist harmoniously in their natural habitat. They do not destroy the ecosystem of the natural grasslands where they live, but rather have a symbiotic relationship with the places they inhabit in the Andes.
How does this happen? Well, alpaca herds are easy on the land, because alpaca’s feet have a soft pad similar to a dog. Thanks to that, they do not disturb grass root systems of the swampy areas they inhabit.
Alpacas eat the grass that grows at high altitudes. When they do so, they trap the grass gently in their mouth without pulling it from the root. This helps preserve the natural ecology systems of the areas where they graze.
Alpacas consume a small amounts of water (compared to other wool producing animals), which reduces the pressure they put on the natural water streams around them.
Finally, alpaca herders use alpaca waste as fertilizer and their fiber to make clothing.
So, when someone asks you if you know any sustainable fibers, you can now include alpaca on your list!