What does ethically sourced mean?
We’ve made a commitment to use ethically sourced wool which means the farmers we partner with do not engage in animal cruelty. Each Meriwool item is made from merino wool, a specific material that’s produced by sheep with wrinkly skin. This can sometimes become problematic in the summer and leads some farmers to practice mulesing — a way to continue wool production that’s detrimental to the animal’s health. Let’s learn more about this sustainable, biodegradable, and 100% mulesing-free material.
History of Merino Wool
What is Mulesing?
A dangerous and painful practice, mulesing is done to prevent flystrike, an infestation of flies on the sheep’s skin. The procedure involves restraining the sheep and cutting away portions of their skin, often without the use of painkillers.
Does MERIWOOL Practice Mulesing?
Meriwool’s yarn is never obtained from farmers who practice mulesing. Our standards and certifications ensure that our merino wool is 100% cruelty-free, giving you peace of mind whenever you purchase one of our garments.
OUR STANDARDS WITH WOOLMARK
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FIBER CONTENTWool can have varying fiber content and Woolmark inspects each garment to ensure the material is durable and of the highest quality. Meriwool garments are only crafted from the best wool available.
COLOR FASTNESS TO LIGHTColors can fade over time and we want to make sure your new garment will look great for years to come. Woolmark exposes our yarn to harsh lighting for up to10 hours to ensure its color won’t fade.
DURABILITYMeriwool’s garments are made for adventuring so it’s critical that our products are durable. Each batch of wool is pulled, pushed, and stretched to its limits to make sure it’s strong.
LAUNDRY TESTINGMerino wool is easy to care for and Woolmark makes sure our garments will with stand even the harshest washings. The result is wool that won’t shrink or lose its shape over time.
COLOR FASTNESS TO LIQUIDWhether it’s a sip of coffee or a bit of makeup on your collar, it’s likely that your Meriwool garment will encounter a few spills. Woolmark tests our wool against a range of liquids to make sure it stays colorfast.