Ethical Wool For Everyone
A note from ULAT: We thank our community for their eager engagement with our content, and deeply appreciate all contributions to the discussion of wool products. We wish to clarify that, though ULAT Wool Dryer balls are sourced from 100% Canadian Wool, with animal welfare and quality of life top of mind - we cannot and do not wish to claim that our Dryer Balls are a Certified Vegan product. We offer this post as educational content for those who lead vegan, vegetarian, or other sustainable lifestyles, who are looking to incorporate Dryer Balls into their eco-conscious living habits. Should you be vegan, vegetarian, or a curious consumer, we seek to inform your wool purchasing decisions, emphasizing that not all wool products are created equal. We leave it to you to make the choice that best suits your unique lifestyle, and the wellbeing of our planet.
Wool is amazing. Like many products that come direct from nature, wool has numerous benefits that outperform synthetics dramatically. From its built-in weather protection to natural breathability, biodegradability, and moisture absorption, wool is truly one of nature’s most precious (and fluffy) treasures. Even the most advanced, lab-made materials cannot compete with this naturally occurring, multi-purpose fibre!
Did you know that wool is also cruelty free? Well, it can be.
At ULAT, we use only premium Canadian wool, 100% ethically sourced from local Canadian farms, where the practice of mulesing is not tolerated. Our farms are regularly inspected to ensure we uphold the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) standards for sheep welfare including:
- Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition by ensuring access to fresh water and a diet sufficient to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriately sheltered and comfortable environment.
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease through active prevention, or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour by providing sufficient space, suitable facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatments avoid mental suffering. *
Want to learn more about unethical sheep farm practices and why vegans have previously resisted use of wool products? Read What's So Bad About Wool? from Sandra Namoto. CW: Contains upsetting images and violent depictions of sheep mistreatment from unethical farms.
ULAT loves sheep just as much as we love wool (and it’s naturally occurring lifestyle benefits)!
As a Social Enterprise, we are dedicated to empowering communities and individuals to embrace nature and eco-friendly living. We do this by using natural and ethically sourced products. We also serve actively in Wool Circles around the globe.
You can learn more about ULAT Wool Dryer Balls here, or watch this brief video!
*Excerpt from the IWTO standards for sheep welfare http://www.campaignforwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/IWTO-Sheep-Welfare-Guidelines_2013.pdf