NaturalFelt's Shop Announcement

All fiber batts are available in a variety of sizes, and are produced in our 50 year old mill in downtown Portland, Oregon. Our mill is fragrance and animal free, and we believe the future of our quality of life is tied directly to our ability to protect and enhance our natural environment. In respect to that we strive to use materials that originate from recycled substances, renewable resources and ecologically safe products.

More about our Eco-Valley Wool:

It's our own brand of wool that we process ourselves (with no added chemicals). We create bats by blending wool from different sheep breeds raised by small sheep farmers in the Willamette Valley here in Oregon. The farmers are operating in a humane, sustainable and organic way, but can't afford organic certification, nor do they want the prices of their products to double (as they would have to if they pursued certification). That said, we personally visit each wool grower to assure that the wool comes from healthy sheep, raised sustainably on managed lands.

Some specifics about how the sheep are raised and cared for:

Proper grazing methods: Adequate field rotation to decrease soil erosion and to reduce the risk of sheep acquiring internal parasites

Predator friendly: Growers are encouraged to use trained sheep guardian dogs (rather than trapping or shooting), and the inclusion of other large animals, such as llamas, to guard the flock.

Healthy veterinary practices: Only certain kinds of medications and supplements are used to treat the sheep. alternative caring methods are used to keep the sheep healthy with fewer chemicals.

Chemical control: We oppose the use of herbicides and pesticides on the fields that the sheep graze on. We are able to determine if the growers use these chemicals with our routine wool chemical testing.

Scouring: We have searched out the mildest and most environmentally friendly detergent possible for the scouring (cleaning) of the wool. All wool is cleaned with biosoft wool scouring detergent, which leaves no detectable residue and is biodegradable.

In addition to personal visits to assure proper growing methods, we send samples of the wool to a laboratory for chemical testing. A sample of the raw wool is sent to the University of Mass-Lowell where tests are performed comparing their batting to a competitor's for strength, resilience, flammability and endurance.