Shearing the sheep is necessary for their well-being. Although you can sometimes read in the press about the harsh treatment of sheep, it certainly doesn‘t have to be like that. We at Greener Wool for instance produce our own yarn from sheep in local nature reserves. The shearing is done in a very professional way without hurting the sheep, who are well-tended, lead a long and happy life and die from old age.
We also offer some foreign knitting yarn brands that source their wool on the market. Those brands have a GOTS certification, worldwide the most demanding certificate for organic textile, including environmental, animal welfare and fair trade requirements throughout the complete production chain. In other words: if the sheep weren't treated respectfully, the wool wouldn't have the certificate.