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Cruelty-Free Wool Hats

To create the world’s first cruelty-free wool hat, we first had to go back to our supply chain and make sure we only use wool from farms in Australia that do not practice Mulesing, then track that specific wool from our distributor in China to our factory. Each shipment is certified Non-Mulesed wool and all parties, including the sheep, are very happy with the results. Mulesing is the removal of chunks of skin on the buttocks of the sheep to stop a disease called Flystrike. Over 20 million Merino lambs are Mulesed in Australia each year. Hopefully by educating people on this topic, Australia might consider the alternatives to this cruel practice. There isn’t really much of an increase in costs in the finished hat, it’s just a process that most manufacturers couldn’t be bothered to undertake or perhaps didn’t know existed. We encourage other hat manufacturers and wool users to consider a change. It took us approximately two years to sort out the details and luckily there are more and more Australian farms with a holistic approach to sheep farming so more non-Mulesed wool is available now. You can read more about cruelty-free wool from our friends at NewMerino.com.au
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