Petition against Microplastic Fibres

Get involved to help protect our health and oceans from microplastic fibres

Giovanni Schneider, CEO of the Schneider Group, has launched a petition via the website to help reduce the threat of microplastic fibres.

The petition is addressed towards the Italian government to develop a law that helps make consumers aware of their usage of synthetic clothing and reduce the number of synthetic microfibers entering our water systems. Similar laws are already underway in California as well as New York. These laws foresee that clothes made of more than 50% synthetic fibres need to be clearly marked as being harmful to the environment due to the shedding of synthetic microfibres.

More and more research studies reveal the harm caused by synthetic clothes shedding microplastic fibres. These tiny plastic particles find their way into our rivers and oceans causing harm to marine life and then subsequently also to our own human health.

All garments made of natural and synthetic fibres shed microfibres during wear and washing. The difference is that natural fibres particles biodegrade while synthetic fibres do not. Research shows that synthetic microfibres accumulate in water and bind other toxic chemicals. Plankton and fish often absorb these microfibres and therefore these toxic particles end up in our food chain causing toxic harm.

The rise of fast fashion using cheaply produced synthetic fibres and being washed frequently is unsustainable and a threat to our health and our planet. Encouraging the production and use of clothes made of natural fibres such as cotton, silk and wool can contribute to a healthier future and will also add a positive economic impulse for the Italian textile industry.

We kindly invite you to sign the petition initiated by Giovanni Schneider to help move consumption into a sustainable direction. Click here.


Petition against Microplastic Fibres



The Australian Market seemed to find a level this week with a range of types and microns varying slightly each way. As with recent weeks we saw no significant change, with the AWEX EMI closing 7c higher than last week. The highlight of the week was the annual sale held at the Sydney Royal Easter show across Tuesday and Wednesday. This event see’s close to 1 million people making the trip to Homebush over the two weeks, bringing new interest into the wool sales and attracting a lot of attention to the industry. A larger offering including a few slightly better style types meant better specification fine wools remained keenly sought after with an evident premium for NM clips still there. The bulk of the offering was similar to recent weeks with low yields. Lower style wools somewhat ‘caught up’ as buyers looked to gain some quantity before the Easter break period. Crossbreds again continued to rise this week particularly in the Northern Region.


AWEX Eastern Indicator compared with 11/04/2019

Eastern Indicator

Close: 1943

Change in % +0.36%

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Schneider Indicators compared with 11/04/2019

15 Micron

Close: 2,751

Change in %: +1.6

16 Micron

Close: 2,444

Change in %: -1.35%

17 Micron

Close:  2,326

Change in %: -1.07

18 Micron

Close: 2,291

Change in %: +0.44

19 Micron

Close: 2,194

Change in %: -0.09


Each indicator is expressed by a number representing a market quotation for a selected range of types and is not a price expression and it’s not influenced by currency fluctuations.

Wool indicators are anyway based on Australian Dollar.

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With a one week break from sales now coming up there will be a similar sized sale to this week when we return in Sale 44. Due to seasonal conditions the quality of clips is also expected to be lower than usual as well as continued low yields. However as usual there should remain a number of nice wool’s coming through. With the current Foot and Mouth Disease situation in South Africa not forecast to be resolved in the immediate future it is expected competition for Chinese spec clips to remain steadily firm.

Auction offering – current week

Selling Centres for week 42

Market          Sale          Offered             Sold          Passed In

North                    S 42                      9663                       9115                    5.7%

South                   M 42                     21165                     19249                   9.1%

West                     F 42                       9946                      8210                  17.5%


Auction offering – next week

Market          Sale          Sale days          Volume

North                   S 43                      no sale

South                   M 43                     no sale

West                     F 43                      no sale


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Fleece slightly cheaper by 5-10 cents, skirtings 15 cents dearer, open tops 25 cents dearer.


Fleece prices eased by a further 5-10 cents today. Better style fleece remained firm. PJ Morris, Seatech and Tianyu were the main buyers today.

Fleece had a high passed-in rate of 26.2% today.


Skirtings were generally 20 cents dearer.


Open tops were generally a further 25 cents dearer today.




The market continues to hold its ground despite the poor style offering.


Best style/strength well supported par to 1% dearer.

Good/Ave style fleece irregular based on specification.


Best style unchanged in limited.

B/C Fault 1-2% easier.


Open top cheaper 1% today in poor style offering.



Few finer wools on offer


There was only a small number of bales of fine wools on offer at the sale held in Christchurch this week.  Too few to quote.



Market firm tending dearer


South Island the only selling centre today with 11,000 bales on offer.  The selection consisted of 35 percent average style fleeces 35.0 to 39.0 micron and a very limited selection of good style fleece.  There was 25% of good style crossbred second shear, 35.0 to 39 micron, bulk 75/100mm and 20 percent lambs good colour, 29.0 to 31.5 micron, mainly 3 inch and 15 percent associated oddments with 5 percent miscellaneous types.  China main with support from the United Kingdom, Subcontinent and Australasian carpet mills.


Good style 32.0 to 39.0 micron 3.5% dearer.

Average style 35.0 to 39.0 micron firm.

Second Shears

All descriptions firm.


First lambs unchanged.


All descriptions generally firm.


11% Passed In.

Next Auction

South Island offering 9,300 bales and North Island offering 10,700 bales on 2nd May.

Fleece Summary

Good style 32.0-39.0 mic
Variation %:  3.5

– Average style 35.0-39.0 mic
Variation %:  Firm

Second Shears Summary

– All descriptions
Variation %: Firm


– First Lambs
Variation %: Unchanged


– All descriptions
Variation %: Generally firm


February – March 2019


As per silk, the price of Kibiso silk went down due to a quiet market. With the VAT reduced from 16% to 13% from April 1st, the price for materials has reduced accordingly. The price of raw silk is still in low position, which might lead to lower price for new cocoons which will come out during the mid of April.


February – March 2019


After the Chinese New Year in the middle of February, the price for cashmere has been increasing steadily. Also in March, the price increased by around 10% compared to February. Compared to March 2018, the price is 30% higher. The demand for cashmere seems also to go up a little as the new season approaches.


So far the market in Mongolia has been quieter compared to last year. Annual production of cashmere is estimated around 9.000-10.000 tons of greasy. Snowfalls have been completely absent throughout all winter, resulting in worse and dusty quality, with a lower yield. But contrary to expectations the season has started with prices 13% more expensive than 2018.

A slight decrease in price is expected due to lack of quality during the next few weeks. Main buyers are Chinese as usual.


The market was quieter than usual during February/March because for over one month, export of all types of cashmere was banned. This was a government decision in support of the local carpet industry which had asked for a ban on wool and authorities had mistakenly prohibited cashmere export as well. Removing this directive took a long time and as a result, purchase was minimized. February/March is the period for tannery and now some good tannery is left unsold which may be mixed with spring clip lowering the final yield.

By the time this ban was repealed, the end of the season had already arrived and the market is now waiting for the new clip which usually should be out in April/May. But very heavy rain all over the Middle East will delay the new clip and it is now anticipated that new arrivals will be only available in May.