Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

Welcome to Stories Behind Things

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Sheep Inc

The Light Knit - Baltic Blue

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Description

Meet the Light Knit.

Made from ultra-fine Merino wool sourced from regenerative New Zealand farms. Knitted using solar-powered, zero-waste machines in a seamless link-links knit. Hand-finished with smit-mark detailing. Includes a removable NFC tag with trackable provenance. And your own sheep. 

• Trackable sheep included from same farm sweater’s wool is from 

• Seamless, 3D knitted unisex design manufactured in Spain 

• Individually hand-finished “smit mark” detailing using factory offshoot yarn 

• 100% ultra-fine 19.5µ, mulesing free, New Zealand Merino wool 

• Digital provenance tag made from castor bean derived Ecopaxx®

Why we love it

Sheep Inc promise a minimum 179 kg of CO2 offset per sweater bought! 

Sizing
  • 0 - XS
  • 1 - S
  • 2 - M
  • 3 - L
  • 4 - XL
  • 5 - XXL

All sizes are gender neutral  

To become naturally carbon-negative, Sheep Inc's supply partners have to naturally offset more than they produce. They source wool exclusively from farms that adopt regenerative farming methods. This means farms must carefully manage the integration of flora and fauna on their land, to ensure natural carbon-sequestration that mitigates the traditional impact of farming. 

In addition, every additional step of the manufacturing is done with suppliers who have committed to the highest sustainable standards — from running on renewable energy to using innovative manufacturing methods like zero-waste knitting.

Sheep Inc sweaters are knitted using Cashwool® Merino yarn. Spun from handselected fleeces, sourced from the happiest (non-mulesed) New Zealand sheep. Making their knitwear as soft as cashmere with the technical benefits of Merino. 

It’s 100% biodegradable too. The happier the sheep, the better the wool! Merino wool is able to naturally regulate body temperature. When cold, it serves as an excellent insulator. When hot, its exceptional breathability allows it to release warmth as needed to prevent overheating. 

Merino also has a unique ability to draw moisture away from the skin — wicking away moisture for evaporation, before it gets uncomfortable. Merino can also absorb around 35% of its own weight before feeling wet to the touch (compared to around 7% for synthetic fibres). It also has natural, anti-microbial properties that mean odours don’t linger on the fibre.

When we think about mindful consumption, cost per use is a way of evaluating whether or not your purchase is sustainable or not. Asking questions like “will I use/wear this piece more than 30 times?” “Will I fix it when it breaks?” “When I’ve finished using it, will I extent the lifespan of the item by giving it to someone I know/charity?” All of these actions will decrease the overall carbon footprint of your purchase.

How do you work out the cost per use? Divide the price of the product by 30! We use 30 as this is the average amount of uses items are thought to have.

To become naturally carbon-negative, Sheep Inc's supply partners have to naturally offset more than they produce. They source wool exclusively from farms that adopt regenerative farming methods. This means farms must carefully manage the integration of flora and fauna on their land, to ensure natural carbon-sequestration that mitigates the traditional impact of farming. 

In addition, every additional step of the manufacturing is done with suppliers who have committed to the highest sustainable standards — from running on renewable energy to using innovative manufacturing methods like zero-waste knitting.

In addition to Sheep Inc’s internal sustainable commitments, they invest 5% of our revenue into biodiversity projects. Projects that mitigate, at minimum, ten times the CO2 impact of each sweater’s full lifecycle.

All their investments are carefully selected and vetted by an independent panel of experts, headed by Pr. Mark Maslin, Head of Climatology at University College London.

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For more sizing enquiries check out the sizing tab next to the product

The story behind Sheep Inc

“We set up Sheep Inc. to show there can be a new way of doing fashion. Where the clothes you buy are no longer part of the problem, but part of the solution. Where businesses not only set out to have a neutral effect on the environment, but also aim to fix some of the damage that has been done.” Edzard & Michael Co-founders of Sheep Inc 

Why do they include a sheep? Sheep Inc sweaters are designed to tell you the whole story. But they want to make the customer a part of that story too. That’s why every sweater comes with its own sheep adoptee. A sheep that lives on the same New Zealand farm your sweater’s wool came from. A tag in its ear allows them to track its whereabouts and goings on. And allows Sheep Inc to tell you how it’s doing. It’s their way of bringing you back in touch with nature.

Transport innovation

Although there are a few different countries in the Sheep Inc supply chain, Sheep Inc ship everything by sea. This means transport is only a small portion of their CO2 footprint (around 1%). Nevertheless, they are constantly exploring new ways of trying to improve impact, like shipping everything by wind-powered sail. Although this is a considerable logistical challenge, Sheep Inc are aiming to have this in place by 2022.

On farm projects

These are biodiversity projects on the farms we work with. All projects are carefully chosen with the farmers, and include re-wilding, cleaning waterways, planting trees, protecting local wildlife and research aimed at continuously improving impact.

Industry Projects

Secondly, Sheep Inc invest in projects that help places the industry has affected. To benefit areas of the world that have been adversely impacted by fashion or agriculture.

Climate justice projects

Finally, Sheep Inc set aside funds for projects that focus on the humanitarian impact of the climate crisis. To help those who are adversely effected by decisions often made thousands of miles away.