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About our producers

  • About BC Garn


    Most of BC Garns GOTS-certified original wool comes from Argentina and South Africa. Watch the video to learn more.

    BC Garn was founded by Bo Carstensen and her husband, in Denmark. By now the brand BC Garn has several GOTS certified yarn collections, and BC Garn is working to get the entire range certified. 

    The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. 

    All steps of the production process must meet the conditions. These concern the environment, sustainability, social ethics and animal welfare.


    Bio Shetland and Bio Balance

    The yarns Bio Shetland and Bio Balance are entirely GOTS certified. GOTS is a protected qualification, guaranteeing organic production.

    The Bio Shetland wool is not from Shetland as there are no GOTS certified farms on the Shetland Islands. The farms are usually too small and the yarn quality and breeding so different that it is not possible to have a sufficient high quantity of yarn of identical quality.

    All BC Garns GOTS certified original wool comes from Argentina and South Africa, sometimes even from Germany - depending on prices and quality each year. It is all Shetland-type wool, it is woolen spun, which is why it has this special Shetland type look.

    The organic cotton in Bio Balance is from Turkey.

    All BC Garns GOTS yarns are spun and dyed by the best GOTS mill in Turkey. Turkey has a very long tradition in spinning and textile. BC Garn has been working with this mill from the beginning of their GOTS range.

    Fun fact: whenever a mill is GOTS certified and also produces other than GOTS yarns, they need to execute a big cleaning process after producing conventional (not certified) yarns before they are allowed to spin GOTS again. That is why there are not a lot of mills who are certified.

    More information about GOTS via www.global-standard.org

  • About Garthenor

    Garthenor is, among other things, a certified organic yarn producer. They are committed to establishing and sustaining a positive environmental legacy for the future generations.

    In doing so, they are committed to minimising their overall impact on the environment while encouraging environmentally responsible behaviour on the part of our employees, suppliers, manufacturers, customers and partners.

    Specifically, they aim to reduce energy usage, paper usage, waste, promote conservation, and to inspire action. Thanks to their experience and crafts(wo)manship, they can identify, measure and understand the direct and indirect impact of their operations, how they compare to other companies in the sector, and develop innovative and realistic solutions for mitigating those impacts.

    The farm

    Garthenor is a small family farm located in west Wales overlooking the Teifi valley towards the Cambrian mountains.

    The farm is owned and run by Sally, John and Jonny. Here they have flocks of Shetland and Ryeland sheep, both white and coloured and also Shetland Cheviots – very lively ewes.

    Their traditional breeds of free range hens and ducks produce the organic eggs which they supply to local shops; and the large organic fruit and vegetable garden and polytunnel keep us in fresh produce. Bob the sheepdog keeps everything in its place and is as happy helping with hedge laying, cleaning out ditches, sorting fleeces or putting chickens and ducks to bed as she is working the sheep before falling asleep beside the kitchen range.

    All Garthenors fields are laid to permanent pasture bordered by well-established hedgerows, trees and streams. These are not only of benefit to their farmed livestock - offering shelter, shade and fresh water from the natural springs - but of great importance to the wild birds and animals visiting the farm. They are fortunate to have a large heronry in the forest bordering some of their land and Red Kites, Buzzards and some of the smaller birds of prey are seen every day. The woods and ponds on the land host a hive of wildlife including amphibians, small birds and rodents.

    Sally, John and Jonny are firm believers that we are merely caretakers of the land and as such should cause as little harm as possible so converted all the land to organic in the 90s.

    The whole farm is entered into both Glastir Organic and Glastir Advanced – a Welsh scheme which was set up to deliver environmental improvements for a range of objectives including habitats, species, soil and water.

    The wool

    All Garthenors wool is certified organic at every step of the production. This creates a finished product that is kinder to the environment and is cleaner, more natural and purer.

    Organic agriculture supports better animal welfare. Organic sheep are reared, fed, sheltered and transported with consideration for their wellbeing. Cruel practices are prohibited and animal stress is minimised. Organic farmers take a preventative approach to disease, so animals are not routinely treated with antibiotics, wormers or pesticides. 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.

    Organic wool production doesn’t use harmful manufacturing chemicals. Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) ensure that the chemicals used in processing textiles meet strict requirements on toxicity and biodegradability. (In contrast, non-organic manufacture uses tens of thousands of acutely toxic chemicals, including heavy metals, formaldehyde and aromatic solvents, many of which are classified as hazardous by the World Health Organisation and have been associated with cancer, birth defects and hormonal and reproductive effects in wildlife and humans.)

    The end garments are residue free. By banning and restricting harmful chemicals in organic textile production and processing, final products don’t contain allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues from them. Tests on conventional clothing have revealed traces of pesticides, fire retardants, formaldehyde and toxic dyestuffs. These residues can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

    All Garthenors supplier farms are certified organic and annually inspected by their certifying body to ensure compliance. Garthenor works with like-minded farmers, who believe that a natural, sustainable approach to agriculture is the way forward. They believe in supporting farmers and paying them a fair rate for their wool.

    For years, the cost of shearing a sheep was more than the value of the fleece, and we’re fighting to change this. Wool is a unique, quality material that has diverse characteristics across all the British breeds of sheep.

    Sheep are a natural resource in the UK, which has over 60 breeds; more than any other country and all offering different fleece properties.

  • About Nomadnoos

    Nomadnoos produces the softest and most exquisite natural yarn, ethically sourced directly from Mongolia.

    Luckily consumers are more and more intrigued by products that fulfil their expectations towards sincerity and transparency. To remain a relevant market player on the long-run, companies need to act responsibly and their business strategies need to genuinely embrace aspects such as environmental and social care.

    That is why Nomadnoos creates value while proposing hand spun sustainably sourced yarns for the Do-It_Yourself knitter while following the Slow fashion principles.

    Slow Fashion is an awareness and approach to fashion, which considers the processes and resources required to make clothing, particularly focusing on sustainability. It involves buying better-quality garments that will last for longer and values fair treatment of people, animals and the planet.

    Alessandra and Coty are both passionate persons with the expertise of Himalayan countries. Having witnessed the poverty in different countries especially for women, they decided to start a social business in hand-knitting products producing high-level luxury yarns, made and hand-spun by women living in developing countries.  

  • About Nurturing Fibres

    About 40 km north of Cape Town lies the Nurturing Fibres farm. Here, Carle Dehning and her team produce and dye all-natural yarns.

    They use solar power to heat the water for dyeing and only top up the temperature if need be. In the dye house, the water is gravity fed instead of being pumped. Yarns are dried naturally either in the sunshine or over their Aga Stove. 

    All the skeining and balling is done manually. This detailed care not only ensures a high quality, but also provides employment for Xhosa people.

    The water used to soak the skeins in preparation for dyeing is recycled and used to irrigate the staff Vegetable Garden. All other water used in the dyeing process is ph balanced and then used to irrigate the 120 Olive trees. The washing of equipment and the yarn is done with Borehole water. As this water is sourced on the farm, it has a much lower environmental impact compared to other water sources.

    Their wool is from local free ranging sheep that are non-mulesed. Their cotton is locally grown and while not certified organic, it has been farmed with these principles. Their dyes are Oeko-Tex standard approved.

    We're very proud to sell their beautiful yarns.

  • About Pascuali

    Having seen the poverty of Argentinian farmers, Paul Pascuali decided that he could do better. He saw that in the chain of production, all the middle men and big brands were making a nice profit. But the actual producers – the small farmers – were left with next to nothing.

    So he started producing his own yarn, buying directly from the farmers for a fair price, and having it spun and dyed himself. The company Pascuali was founded in 2008 in Cologne and is now specialized in knitting yarns and textiles from natural wool. Pascuali now has an impressive range of sustainably produced yarns. The hands-on approach is still characteristic of the Pascuali yarns. Paul still travels a lot to ensure personal contact and transparency about the origin and production process.


Certificates

Our products may be certified, like Fairtrade or GOTS, or they may not. We care more for the ethics and motivation of the producer than for the label. A certificate is nice, to be sure, but it’s no guarantee. Just look around you, our society is full of protocols and certificates. And they get violated all the time.

On a small scale, let's say, unclean eating houses which have sanitary certificates. And on a large scale, like banks messing everything up despite their Fitch ratings and their codes of conduct.

A certificate is no guarantee. They can claim unannounced checks, independent authorities, etc. as much as they like. It's just no guarantee. In some ways, a system of certification even encourages corruption and abuse.

This doesn’t mean that a certificate is useless. But you can't trust it blindly, either.

Trust and open eyes

We prefer to work with people and organisations that we do trust. Because we know them and we know their ways of doing business. Because the ethics are their own, their choices are their own. Because they want to make a Fair product. We are not the only ones who think that things like human life, animal welfare and the environment are important. 

So we work with those who are of a like mind. If they have a certificate, that’s great. But openness and transparency are more important.

We do the best we can, but we are not perfect

We don't claim to be perfect, and we can't expect perfection from our producers. Perfection is impossible, anyway. But the only way to learn and to get better, is by acknowledging mistakes. And making mistakes is inevitable. Shocking, we know, our society would rather eliminate all uncertainties. But that's an illusion.

A mistake is not necessarily a bad thing. So long as there is openness and willingness to fix things, there is no problem. We can only try our best and learn from our mistakes. Because in this world of complex problems there is no ideal solution or quick-fix.

So we do the very best we can. And that way, together with others, we get better and better at Making the Fair Way.