I was given a bag full of fleece this week. It needs to be washed (in small pieces in the sink) and dried (in the airing cupboard), and then I am going to see if it will work well as stuffing for my church mice. If it does, then it is an endless local resource which needs a use, so it is a ‘green’ option as well.
Sheep need to be clipped each year, but there is not much market for the wool, especially that of hardy hill breeds, such as Swaledales with their coarse, rough wool. Using it for craft (felting, spinning, knitting, weaving, stuffing toys) is one way to turn this natural product into something useful.