Aug 21, 2013

About my wool...

I was running low on my core wool (the undyed wool that I use for the center of my felted goodies), and the busy craft show/holiday season is fast approaching, so I decided to place an order for four more pounds.  That doesn't sound like a lot of wool, but this is what it looks like:

Each bag is one pound.  So, in case you were curious about the supplies I use, this is a description directly from the website where I purchase my core wool:

A sustainably grown wool that's exceptionally clean of chemicals and pesticides.
This high quality, U.S.A grown wool is blended specifically for extra softness and resilience. 30% organic content.
1. PROPER GRAZING METHODS: Growers rotate pastures to prevent overgrazing and soil erosion. Proper grazing creates a higher quality wool and protects the health of the sheep.
2. PREDATOR FRIENDLY: Trained sheep dogs guard the flock. Natural predators are not poisoned, trapped, or shot.
3. HEALTHY VETERINARY PRACTICES: Only certain kinds of medications and supplements can be used to treat the sheep. Sheep raised in open pastures are healthier and require less vet care.
4. FIELDS PROTECTED FROM PESTICIDES: No use of herbicides and pesticides on fields where the sheep will be grazing. Wool is spot tested to ensure that no harmful chemicals have been used.
5. OPPOSE CHEMICAL PROCESSING OF THE WOOL: This wool is not carbonized (dipped in strong acid to dissolve residual matter), dipped (at many farms, sheep are dipped in pesticides), or bleached.
6. SHEEP FRIENDLY: Highly skilled shearing crews trained to shear the sheep with as much care and as harmlessly as possible.
Maybe one day, I'll have my own happy little flock of sheep!  Until then, I'm happy to know that these sheep are cared for responsibly.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that's awesome that the sheep are cared for so well…and awesome that you make sure the wool you buy is benefiting the sheep as much as you!