The wool sector has been snubbed by the Education ministry which has chosen synthetic carpet to be rolled out in 800 schools, rather than New Zealand woollen carpet.
The ministry says the American-made carpet tiles are simply better – but farmers are furious a natural fibre like wool lost to a fibre derived from fossil fuels.
US company Milliken has just been given millions of Kiwi taxpayer dollars to lay carpet in nearly 800 of our schools.
Milliken won the $8m contract from the Ministry of Education. Its solution-dyed-nylon carpet squares – which are plastic and made from fossil fuels – will soon be installed under the feet and bums of Kiwi kids.
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