A UNITED SUPPLY CHAIN, FROM FARM GATE TO SHOP FRONT.

THE WOOLKEEPERS INITIATIVE HAS BEEN BROUGHT TOGETHER TO ESTABLISH A BETTER WAY OF DOING BUSINESS SO THAT EVERYONE IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN BENEFITS AND FEELS CONNECTED.

THIS MODEL PROVIDES SOURCING INTEGRITY, PAYS A FAIR PRICE FOR WOOL, COMMUNICATES FARM PROVENANCE AND DEVELOPS POSITIVE ANIMAL WELFARE.

WE PROVIDE TRACEABLE WOOL THROUGH GROUPS

Our environment is best suited to grow wool on mountains, moors and paddocks. We have smaller flock sizes than merino farming. In fact, our geographical wool clip is estimated at 85% less then Australia. Because of this, we group farmers together by fibre quality, breed, animal welfare perspective, as well as farm & land assurance. The Woolkeeper supply ecology believes in maximum waste recovery. And so, during processing we combine groups together if there is left over wool fibres. These guidelines allow us to process commercial quantities and pay a higher premium to the farmer.

Each time we process wool we create a unique blend, identifiable by the above traits and farm location.
The wool is chosen only from our group of Woolkeepers.
To keep things simple, we give this a group number.
This number helps us tell you exactly who has helped grow your wool.
Within each group we feature a lead farmer or shepherd to reflect the diversity behind British wool.

"To strive for best organic farming practice and highest animal welfare standards."

Jim Dufosee

 

Both H.Dawson, and the organic wool growers, narrated through the Woolkeepers ™ initiative are licensed by the Soil Association. Organic certification provides authenticity that the wool (or linen or cotton) being used is organically grown and processed. With people increasingly looking for transparency in what they buy, certification is becoming essential for retailers. To be certified organic, the supply chain of a raw fibre from field to garment production and wholesale must be certified at every touchpoint to ensure it meets a set of standards.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is one of the two independent organic certification standards in the UK. It is the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. When they certify to the GOTS standard, they check every step of the supply chain, from harvesting through production, processing, manufacturing and labelling. They also consider the environmental management and social responsibility of producers. GOTS is the gold standard for sustainable processing of textiles made from organically grown fibres (such as wool or cotton).

Gibb

  • Farmer No: 21048
  • Breed of sheep: Texel
  • KG of wool 2019: 1241
  • Flock size: 500

Davies

  • Farmer No: 15145
  • Breed of sheep: Lowland
  • KG of wool 2019: 635
  • Flock size: 320

Harries

  • Farmer No: 15138
  • Breed of sheep: Lowland
  • KG of wool 2019: 798
  • Flock size: 400

Corsham

  • Farmer No: 8016
  • Breed of sheep: Lleyn
  • KG of wool 2019: 670
  • Flock size: 300

Westcott

  • Farmer No: 6054
  • Breed of sheep: Mixed
  • KG of wool 2019: 1239
  • Flock size: 600

Dufosee

  • Farmer No: 8100
  • Breed of sheep: Dorset
  • KG of wool 2019: 1493
  • Flock size: 600
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