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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.
Biophilic design principles
ZERO EMISSIONS
Each piece of knitwear has a negative carbon footprint through natural CO2 sequestration.
ZERO HARM
Ethical production methods ensure no animal or people are harmed in its creation.
ZERO WASTE
Specialised manufacturing and 100% biodegradable materials ensure no waste left behind.
Free Sheep Included
Each garment comes with its own adoptive sheep. Through on farm sheep tracking technology, you will be kept up to date on its general life events. From its whereabouts, to when it’s been shorn, to when it’s had lambs.

When you first receive the sweater, simply tap the NFC tag in the hem with your phone. And you will be allocated a sheep from the same farm your knitwear’s wool is from.

Why we include a sheep? To bring you back in touch with the story and impact behind the clothes we wear. To remind you that every piece of clothing started somewhere. In our case, the journey started on four legs in New Zealand’s High Country.
Trackable Provenance
Each garment is 100% traceable through Sheep Inc.’s proprietary supply chain tracking technology. You can get a full breakdown of its journey and impact (as well as information on your sheep) through the NFC tag.

Simply tap the castor bean derived Ecopaxx® tag in the hem with your phone to unlock its digital DNA. This will give you access to the whole story. From the farm that provided the wool. To the person who hand-finished your sweater.

You will also get a full breakdown of the CO2 impact at every stage of manufacturing.

Because accountability is where change starts.
Generational Guarantee
Our knitwear is designed and crafted to last – with a little bit of care, it should remain a permanent part of your wardrobe for many generations to come.

To give you extra comfort, all our knitwear is covered under a Generational Guarantee. Should your knitwear ever need mending or maintenance you can send it back to us and we will restore it to the best of our abilities. For life.
Details
• 100% ultra-fine 19.5µ, mulesing free, Merino wool sourced from regenerative sheep stations in New Zealand.

• Eternity X-Care® yarn spun using 100% renewable energy at Südwolle Yarn Mills in the EU.

• 1 ply, 18 gauge, weightless knit, seamless knit structure. Knitted using Wholegarment® technology using 100% solar power in Portugal.

• Individually hand-finished “smit mark” detail added to back collar using offshoot yarn for fully circular design thinking.

• Digital provenance NFC tag made from carbon neutrally produced, castor bean derived Ecopaxx®.
Care Instructions
Merino wool can look after itself. It’s spent a good few evolutionary cycles learning how. This means your sweater will resist stains, wrinkles and odours.

This means it doesn’t need to be washed often. From time to time it may need to take a breather for an hour or so. Hang it up outside. Or lay it down flat on your bed. When the time comes to wash it, a cold hand wash will do.

To get that new again feeling, all our knitwear comes with a sweater comb to give it the occasional groom. Just pass the comb over the knit to remove any unwanted fuzz or pills.

It also comes in a brushed cotton* storage bag. To store it and protect it when it’s not in use. Because good is in the detail.

*Made from 100% recycled cotton.
Free shipping & returns
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ELEMENTS.
19.5 MICRON MERINO WOOL
MATERIALS FROM NATURE
Ultra-fine Merino wool is sourced exclusively from 3 regenerative New Zealand Sheep Stations conforming to the ZQ™ program — ensuring the strictest animal and planetary welfare standards. To create clothing made from raw materials that work with nature. Not against it.
UNPARALLELED SOFTNESS
Each garment is made from hand-selected, and humanely shorn, Merino sheep fleeces with fibres 19.5µ in diameter. Each fleece is scoured (cleaned and combed) in Italy for wool that is 5x finer than hair and softer than cashmere.
REGENERATIVELY SOURCED
The three New Zealand sheep stations providing wool implement innovative land management techniques, including regenerative pastures and rotational grazing, that results in more natural carbon sequestration than their operations emit.
THERMAL REGULATING
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 can also absorb around 35% of its own weight in moisture before feeling wet to the touch (compared to around 7% for synthetic fibres).
WHOLEGARMENT® TECHNOLOGY
SEAMLESS 3D KNIT
Each garment is knitted using Japanese Wholegarment® technology. Realised in 3- dimensions without seams. As there is no additional stitching required, each garment is 100% Merino wool and 100% biodegradable.
ZERO-WASTE PRODUCTION
SHIMA SEIKI's design system and software allows for a zero excess manufacturing process. Meaning no excess materials are needed to create fully realised products.
100% SOLAR POWERED
Each garment is knitted at our manufacturers Fatextil in Portugal on zero excess machines that run on 100% solar power.
HAND-FINISHED DETAILING
Each piece of knitwear is hand-finished with a smit mark from factory offshoot yarn. Just like the smit marks farmers use to identify their sheep—ours ensure that each garment is unique. And ensures nothing goes to waste.
ETERNITY X-CARE®
ENHANCED BY SCIENCE
Our regenerative Merino wool is spun in Italy into 100% biodegradable 2/48 Eternity® Merino yarn. For yarn softer than cashmere to the touch with increased technical performance to regulate body temperature, keep you fresh and increase durability. To craft pieces designed to last for generations.
100% SOLAR POWERED
Both our scouring facility in Italy, Reda, and our yarn mills in Eastern Europe run on 100% solar power. Reda is the first B-Corp registered textile factory in Italy.
BLUESIGN© & OEKOTEX® Certified
The Eternity X-Care® yarn treatment is the first machine washable wool yarn that uses no chlorine or hazardous chemicals and is Bluesign© and Oekotex® certified. Our Yarn Mill adopts advanced water filtration processes that ensures cleaner water exiting the yarn mill than enters.
INCREASED PERFORMANCE
The Eternity X-Care® treatment is applied to each fibre to increase Merino wool’s natural performance. To enhance its ability to regulate body temperature and increase the durability of the fabric. To craft pieces made to last for generations.
DIGITALLY TRACKABLE PROVENANCE
NFC TECHNOLOGY
We offer 100% transparency at the tap of a smartphone. Tap it against our proprietary (removable) NFC tracker tag to see the full history of the garment. And follow the goings on of your sheep.
EcopaXx®
The NFC tag is made from a bio-plastic derived from castor beans called Ecopaxx®. The material is 100% carbon-neutrally manufactured and injection moulded in Spain.
CO2 FOOTPRINT
The tag gives access to the lifecycle analysis (LCA) of each product, to show its carbon footprint and impact on nature at every stage of manufacturing. This LCA is calculated by a third-party auditor (Carbon Footprint Ltd.) to ensure impartiality.
PERSONAL PRIVACY GUARANTEED
In no way does the tag track any of your personal behaviour or activity. It only functions to give access to provenance and sheep information.
SHEEP INCLUDED
WHY WE INCLUDE A SHEEP
We want to bring you back in touch. That’s why each garment comes with its own trackable sheep that is allocated when you first tap the NFC tag with your phone. Because every piece of clothing has a a story behind its creation. In our case, that story starts in New Zealand’s High Country.
ANIMAL WELFARE
We work with three farms in New Zealand that adhere to the ZQ program, a strict animal welfare programme. As members of ZQ, our farms respect five key freedoms for sheep: free to live naturally, free from discomfort, free from distress, free from disease and free from thirst. And each farm is carefully audited to meet these standards.
ENABLED BY HUMANS
The Ross, Macdonald and Subtil families are the owners of Lake Hawea, Middlehurst and Omarama Station. Where we source our wool (and your sheep) from. Their passion for biodiversity, soil health and animal welfare has driven their stations to be at the forefront of the regenerative agriculture movement in New Zealand.
SHEEP UPDATES
You will be kept up to date on your adoptive sheep’s general life events. From its whereabouts, to when it’s been shorn, to when it’s had lambs. Through on farm sheep tracking technology. Simply tap the castor bean derived Ecopaxx® NFC tag in the hem with your phone to get the latest updates.
5% IMPACT PROGRAM
DOING MORE THAN…
5% of our revenue is invested into The Impact Program. A fund that supports projects that improve our collective futures. Each project is carefully chosen and signed off by a panel of climate crisis experts.
THE IMPACT WE SEEK
We can’t solve the climate crisis without addressing both social and environmental dimensions. There needs to be synergic levels of action. We select projects across 3 areas: Nature, Science & Humans. Our Nature projects are focused on biodiversity efforts, our Science projects on material science R&D and our Humans projects on community and personal development activations.
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
All our projects hit more than 8+ of the UN’s sustainable development goals. Including Climate Action, Life on Land, Gender Equality, No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities and Clean Water and Sanitation.
BECOME AN IMPACT PROGRAM MEMBER
Want to become an Impact Program member and direct part of these funds to a project or cause you care about? Apply here.
FAQ All your frequently asked question about Sheep Inc. and our products: ASK YOUR QUESTION
QUESTION: Where is your knitwear made? ANSWER: All our knitwear is lovingly created in Portugal at a second-generation, family-owned business called Fatextil. The two brother owners, Francisco and Fernando, run everything on renewable energy through a solar panel array on the roof. Each garment is knitted using 3D Wholegarment® technology that ensures a totally seamless knit. This enhances comfort, makes the garment 100% biodegradable and reduces waste to < 1%. Each garment is hand-finished by a small but skilled finishing team, and they are all paid more than fair living wage. Francisco and Fernando pride themselves on the great working conditions and employ mainly people from the surrounding villages.
QUESTION: Are your sheep happy sheep? ANSWER: Yes! We only work with Sheep Stations that are ZQ certified, meaning they conform to the highest animal welfare standards worldwide. All the sheep are free to roam the vast properties they inhabit, and each station must offer five basic freedoms to the sheep: free to live naturally, free from thirst, free from discomfort, free from distress and free from disease. Ensuring all the sheep are humanely treated, well fed, live natural and have healthy lives, and are not subjected to mulesing. You can read more information about animal welfare here: https://www.discoverzq.com/animal-welfare
QUESTION: Does the shearing process hurt the sheep? ANSWER: The sheep’s fibre is harvested through a process called shearing. Which is a bit like getting a 'number 4' haircut. Shearers are highly skilled people and pride themselves on the careful handling of the sheep. They leave a good covering of wool on the sheep, to keep them warm. Machine shears are the most popular tool for shearing, as they are fast and efficient, for minimal stress on the animal. Prior to shearing commencing, the farmers work with their shearing contractors and team to ensure that appropriate planning and preparation has taken place to minimise stress.

Sheep have been bred for thousands of years to grow wool, therefore shearing is not just about harvesting wool - it's also about keeping the animals comfortable, relieving them from having to endure the hot summer months with a heavy fleece.

All our farms are third party audited, including random audits during the shearing season to ensure the high standard of animal welfare is maintained.
QUESTION: Are your sheep mulesed? ANSWER: We have a strict no mulesing policy, but in any case, mulesing is also prohibited in New Zealand. For those that don’t know, mulesing is a surgical procedure that removes a section of skin from the sheep. It is carried out to reduce the risk of attack by flies (often described as flystrike). Our farmers have adopted integrated strategies to manage the risk of flystrike, without mulesing.
QUESTION: How can you be carbon negative with the transport involved? ANSWER: We are able to naturally mitigate more CO2 impact than we produce, through working with strongly aligned partners who are committed to having a positive carbon impact. All our manufacturers work with 100% solar electricity, meaning the entire manufacturing stage accounts for only c.0.5kg CO2e. And we source wool only from farms that implement regenerative farming practices, meaning that these farms and their wool is carbon-negative. This net emission profile at farm level far outweighs the negative impact of transport. Transport, if done by ship like we do, is actually a small part of our overall footprint, averaging about +0.6 kg of CO2 impact per sweater (compared to an average of -10.5 kg of CO2 mitigated at farm level). In general, whilst certainly problematic, transport is nowhere near the biggest issue in most fashion supply chains. In our industry, the raw material, production and use stages are areas where you can make the biggest improvements – which is what we aim to do. On top of our naturally positive impact, we also invest 5% of our revenue in biodiversity projects to ensure additional positive impact.
QUESTION: What is regenerative farming? ANSWER: Regenerative farming is a way of managing the land that results in more CO2e getting taken out of the atmosphere than is emitted through the sheep’s methane output and the daily farm operations. This is achieved through natural plant and soil sequestration that is carefully managed. By implementing rotational grazing practices that make sure the soil and plants get to rest enough that they can grow deep roots that sequester more carbon. In addition, we are also trialling additional practices like seaweed supplements for the sheep. In trial runs, this has cut their methane emissions by about 70%. This way of managing the land and livestock can ensure that agriculture can becomes part of the solution of the climate crisis, not part of the problem. Read more here: https://www.4p1000.org/.
QUESTION: What is your 5% Impact Program? ANSWER: We invest 5% of our revenue into The Impact Program. A fund that supports projects that improve our collective futures. Each project is carefully chosen to address both social and environmental dimensions, and is signed off by a panel of climate crisis experts. We select projects across 3 areas: Nature, Science & Humans. Our Nature projects are focused on biodiversity efforts, our Science projects on material science R&D and our Humans projects on community and personal development activations. We also invest directly onto the farms we work with, to ensure additional improvements within our own supply chain. All our projects aim to address most of the UN’s sustainable development goals. Including Climate Action, Life on Land, Gender Equality, No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities and Clean Water and Sanitation.
QUESTION: What is considered in your carbon footprint calculations? ANSWER: The short answer is everything. We perform a comprehensive Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) for each garment, which takes into account raw materials, manufacturing, transport, packaging and end of life. As we don’t want to obfuscate any impact at any stage of the business. All the calculations are independently performed and validated by Carbon Footprint Ltd. to ensure impartial third party accountability.
QUESTION: How do I wash/care for my knit? ANSWER: The good news is that Merino wool products require very little washing as they have self-cleaning properties due to the keratin in the wool that breaks down bacteria. When the time does come to give your sweater a clean, we recommend gently hand washing in cold water using wool friendly washing liquids or a bio detergent, as some machines are quite aggressive (even on wool programmes). So there is no need to dry clean!
QUESTION: Do you track any of my personal information with the tag? ANSWER: No, we don’t track anything! When you first get the tag you just need to enable your location settings so it allows you to draw a line of connection between your current location and your sheep. Apart from that we don’t track anything.
QUESTION: Why do you include a sheep? ANSWER: It's our way of bringing us back in touch with the origins of our garments - in an industry that is remarkably void of any transparency (over 80% of fashion companies don’t know where their garments’ raw materials come from). This lack of transparency means we are no longer aware of the stories behind the things we buy. We include a sheep as a reminder that every garment started somewhere. In the case of our knitwear, it started on a field in New Zealand’s High Country.
QUESTION: Will you send me a real sheep? ANSWER: No, don’t worry! You will be connected with a real sheep, but it’s pretty happy roaming around the New Zealand High Country. And you will be able to keep careful (digital) track of it through accessing the tag.
QUESTION: What is the fit like and how do I choose the right size? ANSWER: We style for a relaxed fit. And if you’re not sure of the right size for you, there's a handy size guide and chart on the shop page of each product, just above the size selector. Select your height, weight and we’ll help you find the right size.
QUESTION: What is the For-Life Guarantee? ANSWER: Our sweaters are designed and crafted to last —with a little bit of care, your sweater should remain a permanent part of your wardrobe for many, many years to come. To give you extra comfort, each sweater is covered under a for-life guarantee that covers damages from normal wear and tear, faulty material or poor workmanship. Should your sweater ever need mending or maintenance, you can send it back to us and we will restore it to the best of our abilities. For life. That’s not only good for you, but also for the environment. By wearing our garments longer, we reduce the need to buy new clothes and thereby reduce our carbon footprint. It is currently estimated that, in the UK, the average lifetime for an item of clothing is 2.2 years and the average number of times a garment is worn has decreased by 36% compared to 15 years ago. So Sheep Inc. set a goal to design garments to last for generations.
QUESTION: Why New Zealand farms? Why not EU or UK farms? ANSWER: When we started looking for our wool provider, we endeavoured to find the right mix of sustainability and quality. To that end, we work with three farms in New Zealand that are at the forefront of the regenerative farming movement and can offer the highest quality Merino wool. The fibre sourced from these farms offers a combination of a naturally technically brilliant performance, supreme softness and a high degree of durability.

And the reason that this quality is unique to certain regions like the South Island of New Zealand is due to the high degree of climate variety. Harsh winters and hot summers have meant the sheep have an evolved fibre that is very good at temperature regulating. This wool quality simply isn’t available in EU or UK due to the more temperate climate.

In addition, and as counter intuitive as it sounds, it is far more sustainable to source wool from the farms we do in New Zealand. Even if you take transport into account. As the New Zealand farms we source from adopt such innovative land management practices. Meaning they sequester far more CO2 per kg of wool than a UK/EU equivalent farm. All in all, transport only makes up a relatively small part of the footprint, +0.6kg of CO2 per KG of wool. Compared to the positive impact of -10.5kg of CO2 sequestration happening on farm. That being said, we are always open to changing our supplier should UK or EU farms catch up on both quality and sustainability credentials.
QUESTION: What Biodiversity projects do you support? ANSWER: Our fund aims to support projects that improve our collective futures. Each project is carefully chosen to address both social and environmental dimensions, and is signed off by a panel of climate crisis experts. The current projects we have invested in focus on fixing some of the adverse impact of the fashion & agriculture industries. We have currently invested in 2 projects that are REDD+ certified, through our biodiversity partners, Natural Capital Partners: The first project is The Meru and Nanyuki community regeneration project based in the foothills of Mount Kenya. The second, is a reforestation project in the Acre Amazonian Rainforest in Brazil. 


Through these projects, we have been able to mitigate almost 5 millions kg of C02 since our launch in November 2019. And between them, these two projects directly address 15 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals including: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, Good Health & Wellbeing, and Reduced Inequalities.

We also work with our carefully selected farms on critical on-farm activities to protect the local carefully balanced biodiversity. For example Lake Hawea Station has several bio diversity projects including the Western Grand Skink Lizard protection (the last population in the wild), the Clutha Flathead Galaxid protection (Second rarest fish in NZ) and protecting some nesting habitat for the Native Flacon (estimated 3000 breeding pairs left or a rare Cypress Hebe (one of only two stands left in the wild).
QUESTION: Why is wool’s environmental impact badly rated on the Higgs Index? ANSWER: The Higgs index takes an average impact of the farming industry and only measures the cradle to gate impact of fibres. It is true that the agriculture industry is a huge contributor to the climate crisis. However not all farms are created equal. By working with specific farms that focus on regenerative farming practices, like we do, you can not only minimise the impact but have a positive impact. In addition, our Merino wool is 100% biodegradable. This is the “gate to grave” impact that the Higgs index doesn’t take into account. With synthetic fibres contributing a huge portion to textile waste. Due to the wool’s biodegradability there is no lasting impact on the planet. If you put it into the ground it is gone within 6-12 months. Whereas most synthetic fibres never degrade and remain waste in the ground.
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19.5 MICRON MERINO WOOL
MATERIALS FROM NATURE
Ultra-fine Merino wool is sourced exclusively from 3 regenerative New Zealand Sheep Stations conforming to the ZQ™ program — ensuring the strictest animal and planetary welfare standards. To create clothing made from raw materials that work with nature. Not against it.
UNPARALLELED SOFTNESS
Each garment is made from hand-selected, and humanely shorn, Merino sheep fleeces with fibres 19.5µ in diameter. Each fleece is scoured (cleaned and combed) in Italy for wool that is 5x finer than hair and softer than cashmere.
REGENERATIVELY SOURCED
The three New Zealand sheep stations providing wool implement innovative land management techniques, including regenerative pastures and rotational grazing, that results in more natural carbon sequestration than their operations emit.
THERMAL REGULATING
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 can also absorb around 35% of its own weight in moisture before feeling wet to the touch (compared to around 7% for synthetic fibres).
WHOLEGARMENT® TECHNOLOGY
SEAMLESS 3D KNIT
Each garment is knitted using Japanese Wholegarment® technology. Realised in 3- dimensions without seams. As there is no additional stitching required, each garment is 100% Merino wool and 100% biodegradable.
ZERO-WASTE PRODUCTION
SHIMA SEIKI's design system and software allows for a zero excess manufacturing process. Meaning no excess materials are needed to create fully realised products.
100% SOLAR POWERED
Each garment is knitted at our manufacturers Fatextil in Portugal on zero excess machines that run on 100% solar power.
HAND-FINISHED DETAILING
Each piece of knitwear is hand-finished with a smit mark from factory offshoot yarn. Just like the smit marks farmers use to identify their sheep—ours ensure that each garment is unique. And ensures nothing goes to waste.
ETERNITY X-CARE®
ENHANCED BY SCIENCE
Our regenerative Merino wool is spun in Italy into 100% biodegradable 2/48 Eternity® Merino yarn. For yarn softer than cashmere to the touch with increased technical performance to regulate body temperature, keep you fresh and increase durability. To craft pieces designed to last for generations.
100% SOLAR POWERED
Both our scouring facility in Italy, Reda, and our yarn mills in Eastern Europe run on 100% solar power. Reda is the first B-Corp registered textile factory in Italy.
BLUESIGN© & OEKOTEX® Certified
The Eternity X-Care® yarn treatment is the first machine washable wool yarn that uses no chlorine or hazardous chemicals and is Bluesign© and Oekotex® certified. Our Yarn Mill adopts advanced water filtration processes that ensures cleaner water exiting the yarn mill than enters.
INCREASED PERFORMANCE
The Eternity X-Care® treatment is applied to each fibre to increase Merino wool’s natural performance. To enhance its ability to regulate body temperature and increase the durability of the fabric. To craft pieces made to last for generations.
DIGITALLY TRACKABLE PROVENANCE
NFC TECHNOLOGY
We offer 100% transparency at the tap of a smartphone. Tap it against our proprietary (removable) NFC tracker tag to see the full history of the garment. And follow the goings on of your sheep.
EcopaXx®
The NFC tag is made from a bio-plastic derived from castor beans called Ecopaxx®. The material is 100% carbon-neutrally manufactured and injection moulded in Spain.
CO2 FOOTPRINT
The tag gives access to the lifecycle analysis (LCA) of each product, to show its carbon footprint and impact on nature at every stage of manufacturing. This LCA is calculated by a third-party auditor (Carbon Footprint Ltd.) to ensure impartiality.
PERSONAL PRIVACY GUARANTEED
In no way does the tag track any of your personal behaviour or activity. It only functions to give access to provenance and sheep information.
SHEEP INCLUDED
WHY WE INCLUDE A SHEEP
We want to bring you back in touch. That’s why each garment comes with its own trackable sheep that is allocated when you first tap the NFC tag with your phone. Because every piece of clothing has a a story behind its creation. In our case, that story starts in New Zealand’s High Country.
ANIMAL WELFARE
We work with three farms in New Zealand that adhere to the ZQ program, a strict animal welfare programme. As members of ZQ, our farms respect five key freedoms for sheep: free to live naturally, free from discomfort, free from distress, free from disease and free from thirst. And each farm is carefully audited to meet these standards.
ENABLED BY HUMANS
The Ross, Macdonald and Subtil families are the owners of Lake Hawea, Middlehurst and Omarama Station. Where we source our wool (and your sheep) from. Their passion for biodiversity, soil health and animal welfare has driven their stations to be at the forefront of the regenerative agriculture movement in New Zealand.
SHEEP UPDATES
You will be kept up to date on your adoptive sheep’s general life events. From its whereabouts, to when it’s been shorn, to when it’s had lambs. Through on farm sheep tracking technology. Simply tap the castor bean derived Ecopaxx® NFC tag in the hem with your phone to get the latest updates.
5% IMPACT PROGRAM
DOING MORE THAN…
5% of our revenue is invested into The Impact Program. A fund that supports projects that improve our collective futures. Each project is carefully chosen and signed off by a panel of climate crisis experts.
THE IMPACT WE SEEK
We can’t solve the climate crisis without addressing both social and environmental dimensions. There needs to be synergic levels of action. We select projects across 3 areas: Nature, Science & Humans. Our Nature projects are focused on biodiversity efforts, our Science projects on material science R&D and our Humans projects on community and personal development activations.
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
All our projects hit more than 8+ of the UN’s sustainable development goals. Including Climate Action, Life on Land, Gender Equality, No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities and Clean Water and Sanitation.
BECOME AN IMPACT PROGRAM MEMBER
Want to become an Impact Program member and direct part of these funds to a project or cause you care about? Apply here.
FAQ All your frequently asked question about Sheep Inc. and our products:
QUESTION: Where is your knitwear made? ANSWER: All our knitwear is lovingly created in Portugal at a second-generation, family-owned business called Fatextil. The two brother owners, Francisco and Fernando, run everything on renewable energy through a solar panel array on the roof. Each garment is knitted using 3D Wholegarment® technology that ensures a totally seamless knit. This enhances comfort, makes the garment 100% biodegradable and reduces waste to < 1%. Each garment is hand-finished by a small but skilled finishing team, and they are all paid more than fair living wage. Francisco and Fernando pride themselves on the great working conditions and employ mainly people from the surrounding villages.
QUESTION: Are your sheep happy sheep? ANSWER: Yes! We only work with Sheep Stations that are ZQ certified, meaning they conform to the highest animal welfare standards worldwide. All the sheep are free to roam the vast properties they inhabit, and each station must offer five basic freedoms to the sheep: free to live naturally, free from thirst, free from discomfort, free from distress and free from disease. Ensuring all the sheep are humanely treated, well fed, live natural and have healthy lives, and are not subjected to mulesing. You can read more information about animal welfare here: https://www.discoverzq.com/animal-welfare
QUESTION: Does the shearing process hurt the sheep? ANSWER: The sheep’s fibre is harvested through a process called shearing. Which is a bit like getting a 'number 4' haircut. Shearers are highly skilled people and pride themselves on the careful handling of the sheep. They leave a good covering of wool on the sheep, to keep them warm. Machine shears are the most popular tool for shearing, as they are fast and efficient, for minimal stress on the animal. Prior to shearing commencing, the farmers work with their shearing contractors and team to ensure that appropriate planning and preparation has taken place to minimise stress.

Sheep have been bred for thousands of years to grow wool, therefore shearing is not just about harvesting wool - it's also about keeping the animals comfortable, relieving them from having to endure the hot summer months with a heavy fleece.

All our farms are third party audited, including random audits during the shearing season to ensure the high standard of animal welfare is maintained.
QUESTION: Are your sheep mulesed? ANSWER: We have a strict no mulesing policy, but in any case, mulesing is also prohibited in New Zealand. For those that don’t know, mulesing is a surgical procedure that removes a section of skin from the sheep. It is carried out to reduce the risk of attack by flies (often described as flystrike). Our farmers have adopted integrated strategies to manage the risk of flystrike, without mulesing.
QUESTION: How can you be carbon negative with the transport involved? ANSWER: We are able to naturally mitigate more CO2 impact than we produce, through working with strongly aligned partners who are committed to having a positive carbon impact. All our manufacturers work with 100% solar electricity, meaning the entire manufacturing stage accounts for only c.0.5kg CO2e. And we source wool only from farms that implement regenerative farming practices, meaning that these farms and their wool is carbon-negative. This net emission profile at farm level far outweighs the negative impact of transport. Transport, if done by ship like we do, is actually a small part of our overall footprint, averaging about +0.6 kg of CO2 impact per sweater (compared to an average of -10.5 kg of CO2 mitigated at farm level). In general, whilst certainly problematic, transport is nowhere near the biggest issue in most fashion supply chains. In our industry, the raw material, production and use stages are areas where you can make the biggest improvements – which is what we aim to do. On top of our naturally positive impact, we also invest 5% of our revenue in biodiversity projects to ensure additional positive impact.
QUESTION: What is regenerative farming? ANSWER: Regenerative farming is a way of managing the land that results in more CO2e getting taken out of the atmosphere than is emitted through the sheep’s methane output and the daily farm operations. This is achieved through natural plant and soil sequestration that is carefully managed. By implementing rotational grazing practices that make sure the soil and plants get to rest enough that they can grow deep roots that sequester more carbon. In addition, we are also trialling additional practices like seaweed supplements for the sheep. In trial runs, this has cut their methane emissions by about 70%. This way of managing the land and livestock can ensure that agriculture can becomes part of the solution of the climate crisis, not part of the problem. Read more here: https://www.4p1000.org/.
QUESTION: What is your 5% Impact Program? ANSWER: We invest 5% of our revenue into The Impact Program. A fund that supports projects that improve our collective futures. Each project is carefully chosen to address both social and environmental dimensions, and is signed off by a panel of climate crisis experts. We select projects across 3 areas: Nature, Science & Humans. Our Nature projects are focused on biodiversity efforts, our Science projects on material science R&D and our Humans projects on community and personal development activations. We also invest directly onto the farms we work with, to ensure additional improvements within our own supply chain. All our projects aim to address most of the UN’s sustainable development goals. Including Climate Action, Life on Land, Gender Equality, No Poverty, Reduced Inequalities and Clean Water and Sanitation.
QUESTION: What is considered in your carbon footprint calculations? ANSWER: The short answer is everything. We perform a comprehensive Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) for each garment, which takes into account raw materials, manufacturing, transport, packaging and end of life. As we don’t want to obfuscate any impact at any stage of the business. All the calculations are independently performed and validated by Carbon Footprint Ltd. to ensure impartial third party accountability.
QUESTION: How do I wash/care for my knit? ANSWER: The good news is that Merino wool products require very little washing as they have self-cleaning properties due to the keratin in the wool that breaks down bacteria. When the time does come to give your sweater a clean, we recommend gently hand washing in cold water using wool friendly washing liquids or a bio detergent, as some machines are quite aggressive (even on wool programmes). So there is no need to dry clean!
QUESTION: Do you track any of my personal information with the tag? ANSWER: No, we don’t track anything! When you first get the tag you just need to enable your location settings so it allows you to draw a line of connection between your current location and your sheep. Apart from that we don’t track anything.
QUESTION: Why do you include a sheep? ANSWER: It's our way of bringing us back in touch with the origins of our garments - in an industry that is remarkably void of any transparency (over 80% of fashion companies don’t know where their garments’ raw materials come from). This lack of transparency means we are no longer aware of the stories behind the things we buy. We include a sheep as a reminder that every garment started somewhere. In the case of our knitwear, it started on a field in New Zealand’s High Country.
QUESTION: Will you send me a real sheep? ANSWER: No, don’t worry! You will be connected with a real sheep, but it’s pretty happy roaming around the New Zealand High Country. And you will be able to keep careful (digital) track of it through accessing the tag.
QUESTION: What is the fit like and how do I choose the right size? ANSWER: We style for a relaxed fit. And if you’re not sure of the right size for you, there's a handy size guide and chart on the shop page of each product, just above the size selector. Select your height, weight and we’ll help you find the right size.
QUESTION: What is the For-Life Guarantee? ANSWER: Our sweaters are designed and crafted to last —with a little bit of care, your sweater should remain a permanent part of your wardrobe for many, many years to come. To give you extra comfort, each sweater is covered under a for-life guarantee that covers damages from normal wear and tear, faulty material or poor workmanship. Should your sweater ever need mending or maintenance, you can send it back to us and we will restore it to the best of our abilities. For life. That’s not only good for you, but also for the environment. By wearing our garments longer, we reduce the need to buy new clothes and thereby reduce our carbon footprint. It is currently estimated that, in the UK, the average lifetime for an item of clothing is 2.2 years and the average number of times a garment is worn has decreased by 36% compared to 15 years ago. So Sheep Inc. set a goal to design garments to last for generations.
QUESTION: Why New Zealand farms? Why not EU or UK farms? ANSWER: When we started looking for our wool provider, we endeavoured to find the right mix of sustainability and quality. To that end, we work with three farms in New Zealand that are at the forefront of the regenerative farming movement and can offer the highest quality Merino wool. The fibre sourced from these farms offers a combination of a naturally technically brilliant performance, supreme softness and a high degree of durability.

And the reason that this quality is unique to certain regions like the South Island of New Zealand is due to the high degree of climate variety. Harsh winters and hot summers have meant the sheep have an evolved fibre that is very good at temperature regulating. This wool quality simply isn’t available in EU or UK due to the more temperate climate.

In addition, and as counter intuitive as it sounds, it is far more sustainable to source wool from the farms we do in New Zealand. Even if you take transport into account. As the New Zealand farms we source from adopt such innovative land management practices. Meaning they sequester far more CO2 per kg of wool than a UK/EU equivalent farm. All in all, transport only makes up a relatively small part of the footprint, +0.6kg of CO2 per KG of wool. Compared to the positive impact of -10.5kg of CO2 sequestration happening on farm. That being said, we are always open to changing our supplier should UK or EU farms catch up on both quality and sustainability credentials.
QUESTION: What Biodiversity projects do you support? ANSWER: Our fund aims to support projects that improve our collective futures. Each project is carefully chosen to address both social and environmental dimensions, and is signed off by a panel of climate crisis experts. The current projects we have invested in focus on fixing some of the adverse impact of the fashion & agriculture industries. We have currently invested in 2 projects that are REDD+ certified, through our biodiversity partners, Natural Capital Partners: The first project is The Meru and Nanyuki community regeneration project based in the foothills of Mount Kenya. The second, is a reforestation project in the Acre Amazonian Rainforest in Brazil. 


Through these projects, we have been able to mitigate almost 5 millions kg of C02 since our launch in November 2019. And between them, these two projects directly address 15 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals including: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, Good Health & Wellbeing, and Reduced Inequalities.

We also work with our carefully selected farms on critical on-farm activities to protect the local carefully balanced biodiversity. For example Lake Hawea Station has several bio diversity projects including the Western Grand Skink Lizard protection (the last population in the wild), the Clutha Flathead Galaxid protection (Second rarest fish in NZ) and protecting some nesting habitat for the Native Flacon (estimated 3000 breeding pairs left or a rare Cypress Hebe (one of only two stands left in the wild).
QUESTION: Why is wool’s environmental impact badly rated on the Higgs Index? ANSWER: The Higgs index takes an average impact of the farming industry and only measures the cradle to gate impact of fibres. It is true that the agriculture industry is a huge contributor to the climate crisis. However not all farms are created equal. By working with specific farms that focus on regenerative farming practices, like we do, you can not only minimise the impact but have a positive impact. In addition, our Merino wool is 100% biodegradable. This is the “gate to grave” impact that the Higgs index doesn’t take into account. With synthetic fibres contributing a huge portion to textile waste. Due to the wool’s biodegradability there is no lasting impact on the planet. If you put it into the ground it is gone within 6-12 months. Whereas most synthetic fibres never degrade and remain waste in the ground.
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