The Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Alpaca
There are two types of Alpaca - the Huacaya, which has a woolly fleece, and the Suri, which has a silky fleece that grows like long, fine hair. Both types of fleece are considered to be luxury fibres.
Alpacas have been domesticated for over 5,000 years and are sensitive animals, well-adapted to their environment.
Alpacas have little impact on their environment and are one of the most eco-friendly animals on Earth. They are fuel-efficient, low-methane-producing animals thanks to their three-part stomach. They naturally prefer to use a common area for their ‘business’ and their faeces are pH neutral.
They do not usually eat or destroy trees, preferring tender native grasses, which are not pulled up by the roots but are nibbled off above the ground with their teeth.
Unlike the hooves of sheep and cattle, Alpacas have padded feet, and they leave even the most delicate terrain undamaged.
Being such an Earth-friendly animal, Alpacas are farmed with sustainable practices in their native habitat, the Andes Mountains of South America.
- Principles of sustainable farming include a healthy environment, healthy animals, economic profitability, and social and economic equity.
An alpaca produces enough fleece each year to create several soft, warm sweaters for our comfort. This is only one of the ways in which the alpaca contributes to slow fashion, sustainability and energy conservation!
Did you know?
- Alpacas are herd animals and must have company. They can die of loneliness if kept alone.
- Alpacas are known to hum when content ... and can spit when they are not!