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What Is Recycled Fabric?

The Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939, (as Amended 1986), defines "wool" and "recycled wool" as follows:

  • "The term 'wool' means the fiber from the fleece of the sheep or lamb or hair of the Angora or Cashmere goat (and may include the so-called specialty fibers from the hair of the camel, alpaca, llama, and vicuna) which has never been reclaimed from any woven or felted wool product.'[Sec. 2.(a)]

  • "The term 'recycled wool' [is] (1) the resulting fiber when wool has been woven or felted into a wool product which, without ever having been utilized in any way by the ultimate consumer, subsequently has been made into a fibrous state, or (2) the resulting fiber when wool or reprocessed wool has been spun, woven, knitted, or felted into a wool product which, after having been used in any way by the ultimate consumer, subsequently has been made into a fibrous state. [Sec. 2(b)]

For further questions, please contact the Federal Trade Commission.


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