People Tree partners with Kumbeshwar Technical School (KTS) in Nepal to make hand knitted garments and accessories made with sheep’s wool. People Tree is committed to sustainability in every aspect of our business and we share our customer’s concerns about animal welfare. We want to answer your questions about how and why People Tree uses sheep’s wool.

Why does People Tree use wool ?

People Tree uses wool for three reasons.
  • Wool is natural: Wool is a natural material used for thousands of years. Wool provides warmth, breathability, and all-weather protection. Wool is beautiful and durable.
  • Wool is biodegradable: Unlike synthetic materials that are extremely slow to degrade, wool is a natural material that will biodegrade when it’s no longer useful as a garment.
  • Wool is sustainable: wool is a sustainable, renewable resource. Every year new wool grows on a sheep’s back and can be removed without any harm to the animal.

Where is People Tree’s wool sourced?

People Tree currently sources sheep’s wool from New Zealand where the New Zealand Merino Industry decided to cease surgical mulesing by December 2010 , mulesing in the Merino wool industry is common practice in Australia. In previous collections People Tree has used a limited amount of New Zealand Merino, we are not using any Merino wool in our current collections.

Mulesing is an animal husbandry practice where skin from under the tail of a young sheep is cut off, without without anaesthetic, in order to prevent fly infestations. We see this practice as animal cruelty and boycott the use of wool from this origin.

People Tree is working closely with KTS in Nepal to develop more traceability and transparency on how the wool is sourced. Our aim is to be able to trace all raw materials back to the source where they are grown or produced, in this case to the farmer in New Zealand. People Tree is also in the early stages of a long-term project to produce organic and Fair Trade wool entirely in Nepal.