Shareable Article: The Sustainable Alpaca

02/28/2020
by NEAFP Co


The Sustainable Alpaca

Alpacas are not just adorable, they’re also environmentally friendly! Alpacas are less harmful to the earth than other species of domesticated livestock and produce a fantastic renewable resource: fiber!  When you wear clothing made from alpaca fiber you’re doing your part to help the earth. 
 


Alpaca Fiber: A Renewable Resource

Alpacas produce an incredibly warm, super-soft fiber. Unlike sheep’s wool, alpaca fiber possesses no lanolin, making it hypoallergenic. Alpaca fiber is both moisture wicking and breathable. Highly durable, its high tensile strength allows it to outlast other fibers. Alpacas are naturally colorful, reducing the need to rely on dyes. Their fiber is categorized into over 22 recognized colors in the USA!
 


Treading Lightly on the Earth

Unlike hoofed species of livestock, alpacas have soft, padded feet with two toes which do not cause pasture damage. Due to a lack of upper front teeth, alpacas are also natural lawnmowers. They tend to graze on the stalk or leaves of a plant, while leaving the root intact.


Consuming Less, Producing More

Considered to be more biologically efficient than other grazing livestock, alpacas only consume about 1.5% of their body weight in food daily.  In return, they produce excellent fertilizer that is easily harvested from communal dung piles.
 
 
 
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