The textile industry is the second biggest polluter worldwide.
The philosophy of Old Loom Handwovens lies firmly in working with, and not against, Mother Nature.
My studio runs on renewable energy, and I source my materials carefully. Before I purchase yarn, I make sure the animals are healthy and happy, and the fibre has not been treated with toxins on the way from farm, to spinning mill, to my studio.
I purchase fibres/yarns directly from smallholders, and from initiatives that help herders and farmers to adapt more ethical and sustainable practices. I don’t deal with wholesale distributors. The trading of wool on global marketplaces makes it very difficult for small farmers to get a good price for their wool, and impossible for the consumer to know where the wool comes from (and whether or not it’s cruelty-free for example).
No Eulanizing. Treating wool and other animal fibres with the pesticide Eulan is common practice worldwide during shipping and storage to kill moths and beetles. However, the manufacturing (not the use) of Eulan has been outlawed in the EU because of the toxicity of the process.
No mulesing – the cutting of the skin off the buttocks of lambs is common practice in Australia and New Zealand to prevent fly strike. My merino wool comes directly from a Tasmanian farmer who loves her sheep and treats them well. Yep, she even gives them names 🙂
No plastic packaging. Because I hate plastic waste.
Natural dyes. My dyestuffs are certified organic but for very few exceptions when organic wasn’t available. All the leftovers are composted and used on our farm.