Does anyone know if there are yarn companies who guarantee that they are fair traders?
That’s a good question! I don’t know the answer, but I always try to support fair trade. It never occured to me to look for fair trade yarn.
I did find this link:
Have a look at http://www.iriss.co.uk/Alpaca.htm.
here are a couple:
I think manos is too - and frog tree is! frog tree is my favorite.
hope that helps.
I don’t know that much about the company other than the fact I have some of their straight needles that I once bought from a friend who had a yarn store but how about Peace Fleece?
This is a great thread! Thanks so much for the great resources everyone!
For those that are into looking for a more environmentally friendly and socially conscious yarn, consider buying local yarns and fleeces. Consider it a form of local community fair trade You’ll have a chance to support a local farmer, cut down on the amount of pollution caused by global transportation of goods and maybe you’ll have a chance to talk to the producer and get some nifty knowledge about wool.
Check out local fiber fairs and farmer’s markets. I’ve found a bounty of local fleece, everything from alpaca to Icelandic wool!
I’m running a 100 Mile Fiber Project & would be thrilled to hear about other people’s locally grown fiber projects.
Thanks to all for answering my question. We have Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair here in October; I’ve never been to any kind of yarn, fiber, or knitting event, and I’m planning to go to this. It’s been hard to stay on a yarn diet in anticipation of finding local stuff, and I haven’t been perfect, but October is almost here and I’m trying to convert a few UFOs to FOs before the fair arrives.