Second Life SolidWool

SolidWool are a brilliant young company making beautiful items from Herdwick wool.   Hannah and Justin Floyd do an amazing job of designing, manufacturing and marketing their products made in England from British Wool.  Recently we have been working with SolidWool to help find a second life for wool carpets… Full story below.

The SolidWool story is at SolidWool

 

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SolidWool table and chair made from recycled wool carpet.

400,000,000kg of carpet fibre is disposed of each year in the UK! Carpet recycling UK have done a great job of diverting almost 1/3 of this into recycled products like Crumbwool carpet underfelt. But we still have a long way to go and we are not even touching post consumer wool carpets.

Recycling is good, but up-cycling is better. By creating added value, sought after products from rescued wool fibre we hope to inspire more investment in up-cycling.

We asked SolidWool to help us on our recycling challenge and they made us these amazing chairs and a coffe table from post-industrial rescued carpet fibre, seen here on the Wools of New Zealand stand at Domotex.

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Thanks to Carpet Recycling UK, Anglo Recycling and SolidWool for helping us ensure wool fibre has a second life.

more detail on this story on the Great Recovery website.

 

Forensic Integrity

It is the start of 2016 so I predict ever increasing scrutiny of supply chains to ensure that social and environmental values are not compromised in the supply of products and services to consumers, wherever they are and wherever stuff originates.

Starting with the luxury brands, as always, there is a growing demand for complete transparency. We are going to see more labels asking for trust and we are going to see more activist shooting down the tall poppies.

Several years ago we started Laneve, working with a few trusted partners to provide wool carpets and textiles from managed and transparent value chains. At the time we thought transparency was key, but really transparency is just a tool that proves integrity.

As we move beyond a few partners wanting to build trusted brands to a world that must have trust, thanks Volkswagen for making this point loud and clear, we now need to move beyond paper trails and use science to back up claims on origin, provenance and therfor integrity.

Wools of New Zealand have partnered with Oritain to scientifically verify that the products made from our wool have not been tampered with or dumbed down.

This video says it best..

Oritain with Wools of NZ – Fine Cut (1) from Mathew Bartlerr on Vimeo.

Travel New Zealand - Sheep Farm

Flock of sheep, New Zealand.

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Purple Sheep goes all out in an 80’s Wham tribute.

This Christmas Choose Wool,  But first enjoy Purple Sheep’s 80’s style Wham tribute to “Last Christmas”

Guest Post – The Feldman Perspective

I’d like to introduce you to Brooke Feldman.  Brooke looks after digital marketing for Nourison who make brilliant rugs from New Zealand wool.   Brooke and I have been working together on some new ideas that we can share more details on soon.  In the meantime I thought it would be nice to get some fresh insights and views from a talented young American woman who is learning to love wool…

Here is what Brooke has to share…

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Brooke Feldman has something to say..

When the word rug or carpet comes in mind, what does it make you think of? For me, I go back to my grandma’s old house. She had this amazing white carpet that was soft to the touch and very plush. I loved to lay on it with my feet dangling in the air while I watched TV. Those memories in that little house come into my head now and then. As a digital marketer for Nourison, I’m thinking of my audience constantly and what an impact of a specific product or design we carry has that creates memories.

Nourison Industries is a leading multi-category resource in today’s floor covering markets. We specialize in area rugs, broadloom, home accents and have a whole hospitality division. We create everything from the everyday home design, to luxurious patterns seen in some exotic destinations in the world. It’s incredible the amount of collections we have and to see what our designers come up with every day.

I find myself walking around our showrooms running my fingers through different rugs. Why? Feeling and seeing our rugs gives me a sense of each customer and what design might fit a chic New Yorker, or a the adventurous sailor in Cape Cod. How each of these “finishing touches” is important to decorating: the icing on the cake to any room.

We think as a company about sustainability not just for the environment, but how a product can reflect a personal style and last for many years to come. That’s why we choose wool. First and foremost, over 95% of our floor coverings (over 64 individual collections) are made from wool and wool blends. As a carpet fiber, wool is non-allergenic, produces low emissions, and actually has air-purifying properties. Wool is natural, biodegradable, and renewable resource that is produced using environmentally friendly, energy efficient and safe methods.

The other factor we consider as a company is the positive impact of using wool, and how it helps us give back. Nourison’s wool processing provides sustenance for thousands of people in hundreds of villages throughout the world. Where sheep herding and cotton farming are a way of life, the animals are treated in these villages with care and respect. The natural materials are harvested and process with pride. Also, the best part about using wools from Wools from New Zealand is that they are universally acknowledged as the purest, whitest wools on the planet. Makes me want to have a pet lamb of my own that sits by me at my desk…either that or take a trip to New Zealand.

For us at Nourison, using wool has a double benefit. We care about the needs of our customers; what they need to make their home trendy, as well as provide a product that will never fail in quality. Likewise, using a natural fiber is a way of giving back to the environment. With a conscious eye on the sustainability of a collection, we continue to produce rugs that will never fail each of our customers. We’re going green whenever possible, how about you?

You can follow Nourison on Twitter and Brooke on Twitter…

Nourison’s website is here..

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Click for amazing rugs.

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Kiwi wool in Akaroa New Zealand

New Zealand Road Trip

Our mantra to the market is all about “knowing where the wool comes from” Why?  If you don’t know who made it and where, how can you measure quality, value, sustainability, ethics, etc..?   But more importantly its about communication and trust.

We maintain that by connecting farmers and brands we are able to supply better fibre that is made for the job at hand.    It has to go both ways, as well as talking to the market we have to report market opportunities and trends back to the woolgrowers.

With all this in mind I am really excited to have been asked to travel to New Zealand to bridge the 14,000-mile gab between our growers and our customers.  Ill be speaking alongside our Chairman and CEO about the amazing opportunities that are there for the taking with our wool.

We will be getting to 17 rural communities in 9 days to talk to the people who grow the best wool in the world.   We aim to inspire more farmers to join us.  We hope to install confidence to our current growers and we hope to learn a lot along the way.

If you are in New Zealand and you have a few sheep, grab a few friends and come along.  We kick off in Wellsford on September 23rd.  There full schedule is here

For those of you who are not sheep farmers – why not – just look at these cute fuzzy little sheep!

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Kiwi Farmer Andrew Freeman – Courtesy Beef & Lamb NZ.

Ask more by sending an email to ask@ourwool.co.nz

The Finishing Touch

The Finishing touch is how one of our customers recently described the rugs they manufacture.  They describe what they do as part of the experience a customer has not just of their beautiful New Zealand Wool rugs, but also of the total experience of the interior.

This focus on the customer experience is exactly in-tune with how we need to position our lovely New Zealand wool.

We don’t breed sheep, or shear wool, or spin yarn, tuft carpet or weave fabric.

If we want to be successful we have to think not as part of a process but as part of what it means to the end user to own our wool.

Our job is to deliver the ultimate experience with wool.  The feeling of walking bare foot on your soft new wool and knowing you have made a wise and ethical investment.

We in the wool business know how amazing it feels to walk on wool.  The challenge is to make people aspire to have that experience for themselves.   We could put wool carpet down at airport security so people have to feel the luxury but it is not the time that people are focused on home decorating.

We have to communicate the experience of wool in an era when advertising is already dead, and to consumers dotted all over the world.  Thank goodness for Blogs and social media.

Increasingly we rely on wool ambassadors, people who love wool and can spread the good word.  Interior Designers and smart retailers have the customer’s attention at the right time, and they really know how to apply the finishing touch.

If you are wondering about the customer, its Nourison, You can experience them here.

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A lovely New Zealand Wool Experience by Nourison

Jeff Farm

This is Jeff Farm in New Zealand’s deep south.

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Young Kiwi farmers learning the ropes

This is rich, fertile farmland ideally suited to raising the very highest quality Laneve wool. The farm runs 12,000 breeding ewes and considered one of the best Romney breed flocks in New Zealand.

Jeff Farm is managed by John Chittock for The Salvation Army Trust Board, and is a unique farming enterprise.  Edmund Jeff first farmed this property before World War 2 and subsequently gifted it to The Salvation Army on the provision that it would be used to train young people for a career in the New Zealand agricultural industry.

Ulster Carpets use Laneve wool grown on Jeff farm for some of their carpet ranges.  In doing so Ulster are secured of a reliable and consistent supply of the very best sustainably produced fibre and they are doing their bit to ensure future generations are trained to keep growing wool well into the future.

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Click this image to see Ulster’s Laneve Trace Profile