There are several reasons why using alpaca fiber is sustainable, let us tell why.
1. Alpacas are highly efficient animals, considering that they require half of food intake than most other fibre-producing livestock, like Cashmere goats.
2. Alpaca fibre has more than 9 pure colors in comparison to wool with only 3 pure colors. This implies that because of the many of the natural colors of alpaca, we avoid the dyeing process in many of our garments.
3. Alpaca fibre only has 2.8 - 3.9% grease in comparison to sheep with 9.5 - 27 % grease. This implies that less chemicals and energy are required to treat the water used in the alpaca fibre washing process.
4. In contrast to goats and sheep, which have sharp hooves that damage pasture and soil, alpacas have two toes with toenails on top and a soft pad on the bottom of each foot that minimise the damage on the pastureland.
5. Alpaca fibre does not contain fat, oil or lanolin, which allows its processing to be smooth, using neutral soaps, and a small quantity of water at warm temperatures. Moreover, the fact that it contains no lanolin, also makes it hypoallergenic, which wool is not. The structure of the alpaca fibre makes it a perfect thermal insulator, due to its ability to maintain body temperature. It is, therefore, possible to use garments that are made with alpaca fibre in different climatic conditions.
6. The grass system is not disturbed by alpacas, as they nibble on the grass they eat, contrary to sheep and goats, whom pull out the grass they eat. This allows their habitat to remain intact.
No wonder the Incas called the alpaca fibre the fibre of the Gods!