This applies all the way from the birth of the lamb, the sheep's living conditions, feeding, wool processing, yarn preparation and dyeing. In addition, the sheep's living time outside and access to free areas are regulated to a maximum. The sheep live in Argentina and are of the fine wool breed merino. All wool used by Tordyvel is guaranteed to be mulesing-free.
Animal husbandry requirements for wool production are widely neglected in many parts of the world and are rarely highlighted as problematic. In addition, this applies not only to the animals that are subjected to health-threatening treatments in the search for cost-effective production, but also to the people who work directly with the animals and the wool is affected. As part of the step towards a better, more sustainable and environmentally conscious world, it is important that the entire product chain is reviewed.
Tordyvel has chosen to work with organic wool that is traceable and environmentally friendly. For example, sheep bathing in antibiotics and antibacterial solutions is not permitted, as are health-hazardous antinop- sion, grinding and superwash treatments, bleaches such as sodium hypochlorite (Chlorine), formaldehyde and dyes with harmful heavy metals.
The organic fine wool used for Tordyvel's wool products comes from the German wool yarn manufacturer Südwolle. It is GOTS * certified, certified according to “Organic IVN Naturetextile Best” and complies with the rules for the KBT (controlled biotic Tierhaltung) farm pool. Read more about Südwolle here.
* Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is an international label for clothing and textiles that covers both social and environmental requirements. GOTS aims to make it easier for the consumer to choose textile products where a holistic perspective has been taken with regard to both environmental and social responsibility throughout the chain. The chain comprises several steps; cultivation, harvesting, preparation and manufacture of the garment itself. Read more about GOTS here.