Ultrafine certified organic Australian merino yarn is regarded some of the finest and softest wool in the world. Merino yarn celebrates excellent moisture wicking qualities, while regulating body temperature and providing warmth without overheating the wearer. This makes it a perfect yarn to wear while hiking or working outdoors. Yarnundyeds organic merino offers ultra soft hand, a wonderful canvas to dye, and a beautiful high quality yarn to knit, weave or crochet. With 4 weights Aran, DK and Sport weights in 100gm to choose from, this is the perfect yarn for any project.
Aran 3/5nm Ultrafine Organic Merino Wool Yarn
Yardage: 166m/ 181 yards, total 830m/ 905 yards
Total 5 hanks
Organic merino currently represent only 0.1% of the total Australian clip
This wool is then checked and certified all the way through from the animal to the final yarn as been environmentally and socially acceptable to very high standards.
Thus the wool is produced in a way least harmful to the environment, giving benefit to animals and to the producers.
This idea continues at each stage of the processing of the wool until yarn
All our types of organic Merino wool are processed under the Global Organic Textile Standard (Gots), this is accepted as the highest standard
The product must be pure wool as defined by GOTS or by local legislation. All processors must be certified by any IFOAM accredited or internationally recognised (according to ISO Guide 65) certifier and must meet the trade waste requirements of the local environmental control authority.
The GOTS Wool Objective:
To develop and promote an Organically certified wool-chain from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. Processors and manufacturers shall be enabled to export their organic products with one certification accepted in all major markets.
Processing requires separation and identification throughout production. This prevents contamination from co-mingling when organic fibres are produced with conventional textiles. There are certain prohibited materials in production like formaldehyde, GMOs, heavy metals, copper (on zippers and buttons) and chlorophenols. Dyes which are bio-accumulative are prohibited and only certain biodegradable dyes are allowed.
These standards only apply to post-harvest handling and production of Fibres. This is on top of organic standards for growing the cotton, or the sheep or alpaca. These crops and animals have to be certified according to recognized international or national production standards (i.e. NOP, IFOAM, EEC 2092/91). Part of the record keeping requirements is having certificates on hand for the production of the raw fibre commodity.
There is also an entire environmental management section in GOTS as well. Among environmental concerns is the discharge of water. Water released from a textile operation has to be free of, or have very low levels of certain contaminants.
The Governing body in Europe for GOTS and IMO Organic certification is: The IMO Institute for Marketecology contact www.imo.ch for details. For more information about The Global Organic Textile Standards or "GOTS", contact www.global-standard.org for details
As far as pricing is concerned, this degree of checking and certification clearly increases the costs at every stage on top of the premium given to accredited growers for the wool
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