Read more about our production process here.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is organic wool really better for the environment?” el_id=”1455793568716-430bd943-37c5″]Most certainly. At every stage of the production process, from the sheep being reared on organic farms to the yarn production, harmful chemicals are avoided, and emissions are reduced.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What do you do to help the environment?” el_id=”1455793591904-74adbc73-500f”]Since the beginning, we have been environmentally and ethically focused as a business. Our office is based on our own certified organic farm, where some of our fleece is grown. In the office, we take environmentally conscious steps such as using energy efficient lighting, reducing our paper usage, and reducing our mileage.
Please read our Environmental Policy for full details.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What does organic really mean?” el_id=”1455793618771-5c3e9653-0d05″]The Soil Association defines organic textiles as:
“Organic textiles are based on materials grown on organic farms, and manufactured without harmful chemicals. This is better for local wildlife, animals and people.”
Read more at Why Organic Wool?[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is your wool from sheep that have been subject to mulesing?” el_id=”1455793699269-25a109a5-2ed9″]Absolutely not. Mulesing is a process that takes place exclusively in Australia to merino sheep. All our wool is sourced from certified organic farms in the UK who adhere to our code of conduct.
Please read our Welfare Policy for full details.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is all your wool from sheep?” el_id=”1455793724126-13b1e8d3-a5a8″]Yes: all our wool comes from traditional breeds of British sheep.
Read more about our Sheep.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Is shearing sheep cruel?” el_id=”1455793748112-0f9d25e6-325f”]Shearing sheep occurs as the weather starts to warm up to ensure that sheep can stay cool over summer. When the weather starts to warm up, sheep naturally start to outgrow their fleece and produce next years wool. When this happens, a farmer knows that it is time to shear the fleece. Excessive sweating can be extremely detrimental to the health of a sheep, and whilst most breeds do eventually lose their fleece naturally, it is quicker and kinder to remove the fleece through shearing in one go. This process is quick and painless for the sheep, and they very rarely suffer any distress whatsoever through shearing. Our own ryeland sheep have even been known to have a nap whilst being shorn!
Please read our Welfare Policy for full details.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”What chemicals are used in producing your wool?” el_id=”1455793765413-e46a190f-056e”]Under the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS), no harmful chemicals may be used during the production of organic wool. Only products that have been certified by GOTS can be used at any stage of the production process. For a complete list of products used in the manufacture of our products, please Contact Us.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Does your wool help rare breeds?” el_id=”1455793790583-5aebc552-51fa”]All our wool comes from traditional British breeds of sheep, many of which are now rare breeds. By providing a reliable income to farmers of these sheep, we’re hoping to improve the breed numbers. We believe that these sheep are an important part of the rural landscape of Great Britain, and we try to encourage farming of local breeds.
Read more about our Sheep.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”How can I ask a question about anything related to your organic, environmental and ethical impact?” el_id=”1455793814221-1699a0fa-3766″]We’ve tried hard to make sure any information you’d ever need is available on our site. If you have any more questions, get in touch with us and we’d be happy to help.