The Woolmark Company has launched a free, online sustainability and wool course for the textile and fashion industries. 

Housed on the Woolmark Learning Centre hub, the course aims to provide open access to extensive knowledge on wool, sustainable development and circular design.

The course has been designed in consultation with industry experts and is open to anyone interested in learning more about wool fibre, the wool industry, circular design, regenerative agriculture and manufacturing processes with reduced environmental impacts.

In the six-module, self-paced course, industry leaders including Livia Firth, Clare Press, Charles Ross, Leanne Kemp, Dr Stephen Wiedemann and Dr Charles Massy share key insights. 

Eco-Age co-founder and creative director Livia Firth said the course delves into complex topics surrounding sustainability and the environmental impact of the fashion industry. 

"This course explores the key issues and questions relating to sustainable development, legislation, collaborative global goals, and ways to measure and manage our impacts on people and planet.

"As a global community we have the opportunity to change how we operate, to responsibly work within the planet’s boundaries, and to respect and protect the people throughout global supply chains," she said. 

The Sustainability and Wool course has been designed for designers, brands, manufacturers, tertiary students and tutors to support them to implement circular design principles and sustainability strategies. 

"With 80% of the overall impact of a garment defined by the design stage, this course will equip designers and brands with access to information about how they can use wool to meet sustainable development targets and align to sustainability commitments," The Woolmark Company GM for processing innovation and education extension, Julie Davies added. 

Upon completion of the course learners will be awarded an independent certification to include on their digital CVs or LinkedIn profiles. 

Since launch in December 2019, the Woolmark Learning Centre has welcomed 60,000 users to its learning hub.

The Sustainability and Wool course is available for completion now. 

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