All our wool comes from certified organic British breeds of sheep, from farms in the UK. Let’s break down what exactly that means:
Every step in the production process has to be certified organic. This means that an independent organisation, such as The Soil Association, has inspected annually and certified that the licensee adheres to strict organic standards.
For farms, animal welfare is at the very heart of organic systems. Organic sheep are reared, fed, sheltered and transported with consideration for their well being. Organic animals are reared on organic feed and grazed on organic land, and are free to pursue their natural behaviour with plenty of space outside and a free range life.
Drugs, fertilisers, treatments and other chemicals are strictly controlled under organic farming standards. Most conventional fertilisers are banned, along with harmful treatments – harmful to the environment or the animal.
Animals are not routinely treated with antibiotics, wormers or pesticides – but of course, if animal welfare is at risk, any necessary treatment is administered. It is a common misconception that “organic farms don’t allow medicines”, but in fact, organic farms only use medicines when animals need them, just as we do with human health.
All our wool shorn from traditional British breeds of sheep – of which there are some 70 breeds. Every breed has unique characteristics, and is a part of a specific environment.
The diversity of British breeds allow us to offer a vast range of wools that are all special in their own way, without unnecessary treatments, dyeing or blending with artificial fibres.
All our yarns are completely undyed, and are a product of the spectacular colours of our breeds of sheep. Occasionally, we may blend different fleece colours or breeds to produce different shades, or create marled yarn by twisting together different coloured plies.
All our wool is 100% sheep wool. We don’t sell alpaca, acrylic, mohair or any other natural or synthetic fibre.
None of our yarns are blended with other fibres during production either.
Farms in the UK
Every step of our production process takes place in the UK, which includes the farming. We get all our raw fleece directly from the farm, which allows us to trace back exactly where every single ball of wool we sell has been farmed and manufactured. We meet the farmers, see the sheep and their conditions, and inspect the raw fleeces to ensure they’re up to standard.
We believe that the very best way to get a quality final product is to start with the very best raw materials, and we work with our excellent farmers to ensure we get off to a great start in production. Some of the Shetland and Ryeland yarns available on our site come from our very own flock too, so we understand the care and the work that goes into rearing happy, healthy sheep with excellent fleeces.