Support British wool products – a sustainable renewable natural fibre which contributes to our UK landscape and local economies.
I was out walking with my wife in Swaledale yesterday, as we were returning to a shop 14 years after our first purchase, to purchase British wool jumpers. A world class craft on our doorstep, where they call on 20 local Spinners to make their jumpers, as well as some are machine made. The shop is Swaledale Woollens based in Muker, North Yorkshire. Buying woollen products from local crafts people is as sustainable and environmental as it gets.
Some simple facts about British wool
– 22 million sheep reside in the UK.
– Britain is one of the largest wool producers in the World. 50/60% of our wool goes over to China, a market which has grown in the last few years.
-Sheep are shorn every 12 months, and grow a new fleece each year, meaning wool is totally renewable!
– There are 10 processes to get wool from sheep. They are shearing, grading, auction, scouring, carding, combing, spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing. It is a long process.
– Aswell as clothing and carpets, wool is also used as an insulator in buildings and is even sold in bed pillows
-On average each sheep produces about 2Kg wool.
Sources British Wool, make it British and Gov uk