What is organic wool?

Everlea Yarn’s Naturally Dyed Organic Merino has been processed in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The two main principles for maintaining the organic standard in textiles are:

1. The social / fair trade principle, to guarantee correct social and labour practices ensuring respect for the conditions from grower/harvester/manufacturer/ production chain to end-user.

2. The protecting the environment principle, that is during the growing of the fibre, NO chemicals harmful to the land ie heavy metals, formaldehydes, and fluorocarbons, chemical fertilizers and pesticides may be used from the farm to downstream processing. All processors in the chain are certified by recognized independent institutes, where the principle of ‘Best Business Practice’ shows an on-going commitment to always use the most environmentally friendly products currently available.

It is not in keeping with these standards to follow some of the principles but not others. As such, even if the conditions of the sheep and workers are humane, the wool cannot still be considered organic if it is then chemically bleached and/or misted with plastic, as per most superwash wool processes.

Additionally, all processors in the production chain must be certified by an International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) accredited or internationally recognized (according to ISO Guide 65) certifier and must meet the trade waste requirements of the local environmental control authority.