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Cotton Australia photo library

This is a library of freely reusable photos and videos of the modern Australian cotton industry. Photos and videos are of the farms, practices, crop and the technology used to grow and process the cotton crop. They include the plant at various stages, flowers, bolls, farm machinery like pickers and seeders, bales and cotton gins.

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The innovator

This is a short animated film highlights the versatility of wool as a natural fibre. The wordless film journeys through the ages and offers a unique view on how wool has been used - and continues - to clothe humans. The video provides an humourous stimulus resource to highlight the range of properties of wool.

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Sam the Lamb: Does wool burn?

This short entertaining video, narrated by ‘Sam the Lamb’ and 'Professors' Madeleine and Daisy test which fabrics burn easily and which fabrics are the most flame resistant. Sam and his science team test the flammability of a range of synthetic and natural fabrics including polyester, polar fleece, cotton and wool.

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Roo poo paper

Haven't got any elephant dung? Well what about roo poo? That's the unusual additive used in this clip to make decorative, handmade paper. See how it's used in the process of making paper using recycled paper.

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Cotton Education Kit

This richly illustrated kit provides a range of information and data about the Australian cotton industry. Chapters provide background on the modern industry; sustainability; the history of cotton in Australia; the cotton plant; how cotton is grown; the business of cotton farming; cotton processing, cotton as a economic ...

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Sam the Lamb: properties of wool

This short video, narrated by ‘Sam the Lamb’ and a group of young wool enthusiasts, explores the properties of one of nature’s most versatile fibres. Viewers will discover how wool can stretch and return to its natural shape when worn; why wool is safe to wear around campfires and in the sun, and how wool can manages moisture ...

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Sam the Lamb: what is wool?

This short video, narrated by Sam the Lamb and a group of young woolgrowers, explores where wool comes from, how it grows and how it protects sheep in all kinds of weather. Viewers will discover what wool looks it, how it feels and how woolgrowers harvest their sheep’s woolly fleece each year…and how it grows back again.

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Hemp: it's not a weed!

You may have heard about the cannabis plant and its use as the drug marijuana. But did you know it has two main varieties, one of them commonly called hemp? See how hemp differs from its 'cousin'. Find out more about the characteristics of hemp that make it a 'green' crop with plenty of potential.

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Learn About Wool: Years 3 - 4

This website provides resources that support students to investigate the unique properties of wool, how these properties influence the use and behaviour of wool-based end products. Students can also use the Australian wool industry as the basis for investigating the world-class technologies and methods used in modern fibre ...

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Fast agriculture facts

This is a video giving statistical information about Australian farmers and the food and fibre they produce. It is presented by Will, a primary-school-aged boy, who points out that farmers are innovative, tech-savvy and responsive to research. The video uses scenes of Australian farms and text and graphics on screen to ...

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Patterns for personalising your clothes

If you use paper patterns to make clothes that fit your body size and shape correctly, you get the added advantage of a unique garment that you won't see others wearing. See how to make a garment by downloading patterns from the internet and using them as a template for the fabric you have chosen.

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Lanolin, lip gloss and lubricants

What special substance can be extracted from sheep fleeces? Listen to interviews with Australians involved in making industrial lubricants and beauty products. Explore these uses of a vital substance made by a sheep's skin.

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Exploring sustainable practices in food and fibre production:producer video

This is a video about how trees are grown and harvested by Green Triangle Forest Products and how facial tissues are made at Kimberley-Clark's South Australian mill. In the first part of the video, Linda Maddern Marketing Manager for Green Triangle Forest Products describes the size and importance of Australia's forestry ...

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Learn About Wool: Foundation Year - Year 2 resources

This website provides resources that allow students to explore how sheep are managed sustainably to produce wool, understand how wool producers use science to ensure their flocks are healthy, compare the lifecycle, needs and survival features of sheep with their own, and investigate the unique properties of wool that make ...

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Discovering past methods of food and fibre production: producer video

This is a video about the native food plants of the Mount Gambier region in South Australia and how they were used by the local Buandig Aboriginal people. It is introduced by ethnobotanist and author Neville Bonney who shows a wide range of local plants, often giving their names in Bungandidj language. The plants include ...

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Learn About Wool: Years 5 - 6

This website provides resources that allow students to explore how wool is produced in carefully-managed environments to ensure a balance between production and long-term environmental sustainability. As a renewable, recyclable and biodegradable product, with a range of unique properties, wool also allows students to investigate ...

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Envirostories: What we have on farms

This is an ebook about some of the animals, crops and equipment found on Australian farms and what they are used for. Intended for an early childhood and lower primary audience, the ebook was written by Chloe Deacon-Stock, a year 6 student in 2012 at a country New South Wales school and illustrated by drawings probably ...

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Is bamboo clothing really eco-friendly?

Bamboo is an increasingly popular choice as a clothing fabric, but is it really as eco-friendly as they say? Discover raw bamboo's natural characteristics and properties and find out why it's admired as a processed fibre. Then see what research reveals about the way it's processed.

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The Orb

The Orb is a collection of multimedia learning resources about Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It explores the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity, and the living community. The multimedia resources have between three and five sections in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their ...

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Envirostories: farm animals

This is an ebook about a range of animals found on Australian farms, what they are used for, what they produce and what damage they can do. It includes animals farmed for food and/or fibre (chickens, beef and dairy cattle, sheep, ducks, pigs, alpacas and goats); animals used as pets or labour (dogs, donkeys and horses) ...