Our raw wool is sourced in Australia. We have relationships direct with farmers in Tasmania and also source all over the country via a wool broker. This means that all of our factory waste and offcuts are Australian wool.
How do you ensure animal welfare with your suppliers?
We work closely with both our wool broker and suppliers to ensure the welfare of animals that produce the wool for our Mill and expect all properties we source from to follow the The Australian Animal Welfare Standard for Sheep. This is a key policy objective under the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) — an initiative jointly developed by governments, industry, and the community, that guides the development of new, nationally consistent policies to improve animal welfare arrangements in all Australian states and territories.
The standards and guidelines cover a wide range of issues including responsibilities across feed and water; risk management of extreme weather, natural disasters, disease, injury and predation; facilities and equipment; handling and husbandry; tail docking and castration; mulesing; breeding management; intensive sheep production systems; and humane killing. Waverley Mills is currently in the process of creating a quality assurance program for all wool suppliers to ensure compliance with the AAWS national standards.
Why are the recycled products not 100% wool?
Over 85% of the recycled blankets are made from natural fibres. There is a small percentage of polyester fibre that is added during the carding stage so the short, shredded recycled fibres have something to grab onto to facilitate spinning. We are trialling different fibres and continually looking for new binding agents
How does the recycling process work?
Factory offcuts, spinning, carding, shearing waste are all collected and shredded with various amounts for each product type. The shredded fibres along with minimal polyester are carded then spun into new yarn which is then used to weave into new products. See here for a full breakdown of how this process works at Waverley Mills.
Are the recycled products 100% recycled?
The minimal polyester added to the recycled process during carding is unfortunately not recycled. While we are really passionate about recycling and waste minimisation, we are and always will be about making the best quality products for our customers. Using recycled PET as our polyester component hasn't proved to produce the very best result. In line with our philosophy we will continue to chase the best and most local source of recycled polyester. If you have some please let us know!
How do you manage eco friendly logistics?
At Waverley Mills we’re on a continuous journey to creating an environmentally friendly sustainable organisation end to end - and we’re always on the lookout for great new green solutions! Recently we have changed our shipping satchels to reusable compostable mailers. For large orders we use recycled cardboard boxes and recycled green tape. Unfortunately even though it’s recycled, the tape has some plastic and isn’t compostable, we’re currently in search of a tape that is strong and practical enough for postage. The product card is made from recycled cardboard, but we’re still on the look out for recycled elastic to attach these to the product. We are working towards 100% plastic free shipping as fast as we can. If you have any solutions we’d love to hear from you.