Our wool comes exclusively from sheep all over Europe. They graze in the idyllic surroundings of the Austrian and Swiss Alps or they are kept in natural conditions on vast pastures in Norway and Sweden. Our sheep always have access to a pure and diversified nature, clean water and sprouting grass. Even though temperatures in the mountains or in the harsh Scandinavian climate can vary from minus degrees at night up to 30° during the day, their fur protects them against the elements, keeping them cool when it’s warm and providing cozy warmth in the cold.
Our promise: sheep Wool only from Europe
The independent Swiss company UniqueTrace certifies our supply chain, so we can prove the origin of our wool from sheep to the finished product – true to the motto “from sheep to shop”. This allows critical consumers to track the wool’s way back to the collection point, which we are most proud of.
Europe, but in particular Switzerland and Norway are amongst the countries with the world’s most rigorous standards for animal welfare. Legislation sets strict rules in the areas of feeding, housing, good health and appropriate behavior always considering the respective gender and age of the animals. Sheep should always be kept in such a way that their body functions and behavior are not disturbed and their adaptability is not overwhelmed. For example, lodgings and enclosures must be provided with suitable feeding, drinking, feces and urination places, areas of rest and retreat. Barns have to be equipped with cover, employment opportunities, personal care facilities and climatic areas.
We care about sheep
Sheep have been bred to grow wool and shearing must be practiced for the health and hygiene of each individual animal. Unlike other animals, most sheep are unable to shed. This can cause sheep to become overheated and unhealthy. Mulesing which is usually required on the Southern Hemisphere to prevent flystrike is not practiced in Europe. So, we dare to claim that our European wool is completely mulesing-free.
It is crucial for us that no sheep are tortured, neither during breeding nor during the shearing process.
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We guarantee short transportation routes and thus a low carbon footprint: Our European wool doesn’t need to be shipped halfway round the globe to be processed.
Regional wool collection and short transportations
Farmers supply the freshly shorn wool directly to so called collection points where it is classified after color and quality considering fineness, length and crimp of the fibres. Before manufacturing, the wool gets scoured (washed) at traditional factories in Belgium and the United Kingdom, where they still know all about the gentle cleaning of this precious raw material. Plant residues, sheep dung and lanolin are removed in order to get a clean, soft and consistent lavalan wool filling. Back at Baur Vliesstoffe in Germany about 60 experienced employees with a knack for wool take care of the subsequent lavalan production.