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Consumer demand for sustainable products goes wall to wall

Mar 15, 2023
Some homeowners are filling their walls with eco-friendly alternatives to synthetic insulation — but that can be costly.
A Havelock Wool employee trims excess material from insulation panels made of sheep wool at the company's facility in Reno, Nevada.
Courtesy Havelock Wool

How hides, tallow and rosin can help us understand where the economy is headed

Mar 14, 2023
An explanation of the CRB raw industrials spot price index, a “predictor” of macroeconomic trends.
Tannery students process the washed rawhide of a cow. Today, animal hides are used in the production of some food products, like wine.
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Last of the mohair and wool spinners — how two Texan mills keep the state's tradition alive

Feb 26, 2020
Once a global leader in wool, there are now just two mills operating in the state.
Seth Warnock monitors a yarn spinner at the Marathon Basin Wool Mill.
Julia Reihs