Ewe Felty Thing strives to be as ethical and sustainable as we can in all that we do. In this ethics statement we want to show you how our values reflect in our practices.
We are very careful with the brands that we stock to ensure that none of our suppliers support the practice of mulesing. Not only do we ensure that none of the merino in the shop is from mulesed flocks, but we also will not stock any other products produced by brands who enable this practice to continue.
The shop uses a green energy supplier for it's electricity supply, ensuring that we are creating as small a carbon footprint as possible.
We have teamed up with the Anglesey Paper Company to stock handmade lokta paper for our wrapping. We also use lokta tissue paper in our yarn clubs and postal orders. Lokta paper is a sustainable and tree-free paper, using a 'cut and come again' plant. This fairtrade paper is handmade by artisans in Nepal, and our use of it not only helps promote sustainability but also supports workers in Nepal getting a fair wage for their expertise.
We do not stock acrylic (plastic) yarns for a number of reasons. The main one is that we do not agree with the environmental impact of acrylic yarns. They shed micro-plastics throughout their manufacture, use and once they are discarded. They will not biodegrade. We also find that many acrylics will not have as good a finish as yarn made from wool.
Although we are forced to continue using plastic for some of our products, we are reducing this as much as we can and continue to look for alternatives.