Information for consumers about British Wool Products
British Wool: supporting British farmers British Wool: supporting British farmers 15 October 2019 British Wool is a farming co-operative, owned by the sheep farmers registered with us. As a business, our main objective is to maximise the value of our producer’s wool. Graham Clark, Director of Marketing, explains how we do this. Read Press Release
Glencroft launches Three Peaks scarf in aid of Yorkshire Dales charity Glencroft launches Three Peaks scarf in aid of Yorkshire Dales charity 9 October 2019 British Wool licensee Glencroft Countrywear has launched a limited edition Three Peaks lambswool scarf in aid of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Three Peaks Project. Read Press Release
The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2019 The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2019 17 September 2019 The wool flooring industry gathered this week to receive recognition at the fourth Campaign for Wool Carpet and Rug Awards, held as part of The Flooring Show in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Read Press Release
All about rugs All about rugs 13 September 2019 In this post, I thought I would lay out a few guidelines to help you through the rug selection process. Rugs can be complicated – not least because of all decisions that need to be made. You have to choose the colour, the shape, the pattern. And then you have to work out if you can afford one in the right size and what to do if the budget won’t stretch that far. Read Blog
British wool: the essential ingredient British wool: the essential ingredient 12 September 2019 Based in a 200-year-old converted barn in the conservation village of Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Glencroft Countrywear produces traditional, luxury clothing made from natural fibres. We talked to Edward Sexton, Partner, to find out why British wool is an essential ingredient in their products. Read Blog
British wool: beauty and style in any weather British wool: beauty and style in any weather 28 August 2019 Sunshine, downpours, wind or snow – whatever the weather, you’ll always see sheep grazing happily in the British countryside. British sheep are a hardy bunch, and their wool protects them against everything the British climate throws at them. It’s this natural adaptability that inspired Marton Mills to design and create ‘Leathley’ - a new fabric made from 100% British wool. Designer Charlotte Howson explains more. Read Blog
The history of British Wool The history of British Wool 6 August 2019 Sheep have grazed in Britain for thousands of years, providing one of our greatest natural resources - wool. The UK has more sheep breeds than any country in the world - over sixty different breeds cared for by more than forty thousand sheep farmers on hills and lowlands. But where did it all begin? We take a more detailed look at the history and evolution of sheep and wool. Read Blog
Ella Doran – showcasing British wool and the circular economy Ella Doran – showcasing British wool and the circular economy 15 July 2019 Ella Doran is an award winning British designer with her own homewares brand. She is currently exhibiting her latest project - Sheep to Seat, Fleece to Floor - at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). Ella explains more about her inspiration in our latest blog. Read Blog
Great Yorkshire Show Great Yorkshire Show 8 July 2019 to 11 July 2019 The Great Yorkshire Show is one of the biggest agricultural events in England. It is set to be spectacular, celebrating the very best of food, farming and rural life. Read Events
How to sleep better with wool bedding How to sleep better with wool bedding 8 July 2019 Dr Graham Ormondroyd is Head of Materials Research at Bangor University. With a background in natural materials science, Graham has published numerous research papers on the benefits of biomaterials, such as wool, and their ability to replace plastics. Graham explains how bedding – pillows, duvets, mattresses – made from wool can help you sleep better and longer. Read Blog
Is wool or synthetic carpet better? Is wool or synthetic carpet better? 21 June 2019 With lots of different varieties, options and prices, it’s often difficult to know what to look for when choosing a new carpet. We actively promote the use of British wool in carpets and for good reason. Here’s five reasons why we think carpet made from British wool is best. Read Blog
Night sweats? How to sleep better with British wool bedding Night sweats? How to sleep better with British wool bedding 21 June 2019 If you’re struggling with symptoms related to the menopause, sleeping can often cause problems, leaving you feeling even more tired during the day. Hot flushes and sweats are the most common symptoms and can affect three out of every four menopausal women. Read Blog
A practical guide to buying carpet A practical guide to buying carpet 19 June 2019 The requirements for a hardworking hall or staircase are very different from the feeling of soft luxury you might want under your bare feet in the bedroom. Wool is great because it can achieve all these things, but what about the rest of the jargon? Read Blog
Adam Curtis Online – why British wool is so versatile Adam Curtis Online – why British wool is so versatile 18 June 2019 We all know that wool is fantastic for keeping us warm, but now the sun is shining – at least some days – how do wool products fit in? Adam Curtis, owner of Adam Curtis Online, explains why he thinks British wool is one of the most versatile fibres around. Read Blog
Rowan : why we love British wool Rowan : why we love British wool 22 May 2019 British Wool talks to David MacLeod, Brand Manager at Rowan, to find out why British wool is the essential ingredient in the Moordale range. Read Blog
Wool & synthetics – what’s the difference? Wool & synthetics – what’s the difference? 13 May 2019 Wool is an amazing natural fibre. Composed of proteins, its complexity provides many features and benefits that man-made fibres could never replicate. This means improved performance across all types of products – flooring, furnishings, clothing, beds and bedding – the list goes on! Using wool products benefits the planet in many ways - here are just some of the reasons why. Read Blog
Romney Marsh Wools: lambing - our favourite time of the year Romney Marsh Wools: lambing - our favourite time of the year 12 April 2019 Spring has sprung at Romney Marsh Wools, and lambing season is well underway. We caught up with Kristina Boulden, who runs the company in partnership with her husband Paul, to find out more. Read Blog
Thomas flies the flag for British Wool Thomas flies the flag for British Wool 9 April 2019 5 year-old wool enthusiast Thomas Bowles was flying the flag for British Wool last week, explaining the benefits and features to his school friends at The Marton Primary Academy. Read Press Release
Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2019 28 March 2019 to 31 March 2019 The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show is the go-to exhibition for self builders and renovators, held at The NEC in Birmingham. Read Events
Peregrine Clothing : why we use British wool Peregrine Clothing : why we use British wool 25 March 2019 British Wool talks to Jasmine Langley, Marketing Manager at Peregrine Clothing, to find out why British wool makes beautiful menswear which lasts a lifetime. Read Blog
5 reasons why wool is wonderful 5 reasons why wool is wonderful 16 March 2019 I have a British wool carpet from Alternative Flooring on my stairs - the Spotty in Damson from the Quirky B range - it lifts my spirits every time I open the front door and see it. It has been there for nearly 10 years and it still looks as good as the day it was fitted. Read Blog
International Women’s Day: Kristina’s daily inspiration International Women’s Day: Kristina’s daily inspiration 7 March 2019 My father was always an entrepreneur and owned his own business. I saw the good times and the bad, but what inspired me most was the freedom of decision making and the rewards that owning your own business can achieve. Read Blog
Fast Fashion – eye opening facts from The World Economic Forum Fast Fashion – eye opening facts from The World Economic Forum 1 March 2019 The World Economic Forum has highlighted some shocking facts recently, explaining how our culture of fast fashion harms the environment. Read Blog
British wool: helping you sleep better and longer British wool: helping you sleep better and longer 12 February 2019 British Wool talks to Pauline Beijen, joint owner of Devon Duvets, to find out how British wool promotes better sleep. Read Blog
Wool carpets help prevent pet odours Wool carpets help prevent pet odours 25 January 2019 Research carried out by New Zealand based AgResearch has demonstrated that wool carpets help to prevent pet odours. Microorganisms living on dogs produce a range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which we perceive as a ‘typical dog smell’. The trial carried out by AgResearch has demonstrated the ability of wool carpets to reduce the level of detectable dog smell related to VOCs in the environment. Read Press Release
How we plan to #ChampionWool in 2019 How we plan to #ChampionWool in 2019 17 January 2019 Graham Clark, Head of Marketing at British Wool, explains some of this year’s plans. Read Blog
Textile art – one of Pinterest’s top trends for 2019 Textile art – one of Pinterest’s top trends for 2019 2 January 2019 If you’re thinking about New Year interiors projects, have a browse through Pinterest’s 100 top trends for 2019. Lots of inspiration for home decor, hobbies, interests and style. Read Press Release
British Wool supports young talent in industry competition British Wool supports young talent in industry competition 20 November 2018 British Wool is sponsoring Bradford Textile Society’s 2018/2019 Design Competition, supporting emerging industry talent throughout the UK. The competition has been running for over 100 years and is one of the largest and most highly regarded textile design competitions in the UK. Textile and design students from across the country are invited to enter, showcasing their most creative and innovative approaches to modern textile design. Read Press Release
British wool – new thinking, new products, new applications British wool – new thinking, new products, new applications 14 November 2018 Fast fashion, plastics, synthetic micro-fibres - the current news agenda is full of stories explaining the negative impact our buying habits have on our environment and planet. So there’s no better time to challenge the norm and consider how we can use natural fibres more widely. This month we talk to Caroline Hodgson about her plans to use woven British wool in wall panels and installations for the built environment. Read Blog
Alternative Flooring: beautiful carpet for the fashion conscious Alternative Flooring: beautiful carpet for the fashion conscious 15 October 2018 Thinking about new flooring this autumn? Interested in making a statement in your home? British Wool talks to Lorna Haigh, Director of Creative & Marketing at Alternative Flooring, who offers expert advice on the latest flooring trends. Read Blog
Grand Designs Live Grand Designs Live 10 October 2018 Grand Designs Live is based on the Channel 4 series and presented by Kevin McCloud. The show offers visitors expert advice, new product launches and specialist exhibitors in six project zones. Read Events
The impact of plastic pollution – why wool is the sustainable choice The impact of plastic pollution – why wool is the sustainable choice 5 October 2018 As a nation, British shoppers buy more new clothes than any nation in Europe, with people buying twice as many items of clothing as they did a decade ago. ‘Fast Fashion’ – the reproduction of highly fashionable clothes at high speed and low cost – has far-reaching effects. Discarded clothes are piling up in landfill sites (government figures indicate that three in five garments end in landfill or incinerators within a year) and wildlife in our rivers and seas is eating synthetic fibres dislodged in the wash. Read Blog
What do we use wool for? What do we use wool for? 10 August 2018 The British wool industry has a remarkably rich heritage with sheep being one of the first domesticated animals. Stone Age man took advantage of wool and science hasn’t yet come close to replicating the unique properties of this 100% natural fibre. Read Blog
Royal Welsh Show Royal Welsh Show 23 July 2018 Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays. Read Events
British wool : natural, safe, healthy and great for kids! British wool : natural, safe, healthy and great for kids! 12 July 2018 This month, British Wool talks to Chris Tattersall, Managing Director of woolroom, to discover more about the benefits of British wool and why it’s such a great fibre to use in children’s products. Read Blog
Great Yorkshire Show Great Yorkshire Show 10 July 2018 The 160th Great Yorkshire Show is set to be spectacular, celebrating the very best of food, farming and rural life while throwing in a few surprises to commemorate this incredible milestone. Read Events
British wool - the science behind our amazing fibre British wool - the science behind our amazing fibre 23 May 2018 It might be pouring with rain, snowing, windy or beautifully sunny – whatever the weather, you’ll always see sheep grazing happily in the British countryside. And that’s thanks to their clever wool coats, which protect them in all weathers! Read Blog
Adriana Homewares: the inspiration behind my creations Adriana Homewares: the inspiration behind my creations 30 April 2018 This month, British Wool talks to Adriana Gentile, the Co-Founder of Adriana Homewares, about the colours and fabrics that inspire her work. Read Blog
Thinking about home renovation this Spring? Thinking about home renovation this Spring? 20 April 2018 When choosing homewares and furnishings, many of us appreciate the story behind the products we choose, particularly tradition, heritage, and the skill and craft involved in making something beautiful from natural fibres. A British wool carpet is a great choice for your home, and can add the perfect finishing touch to any room. We’re working with retailers to help explain this in our new campaign, focusing on 5 reasons to choose British wool for your flooring. Read Blog
Taking care of your carpet: best practice, hints & tips Taking care of your carpet: best practice, hints & tips 19 March 2018 This month, British Wool talks to Steve Bakker, Global Marketing Director for WoolSafe, the experts in wool carpet and rug care. Read Blog
How a love for British wool inspired a new business How a love for British wool inspired a new business 12 March 2018 The Good Shepherd is a knitwear brand founded in 2013 by RCA graduate Emily Watts. Emily has a long standing passion for British wool, which has inspired her throughout her studies and career. Read Blog
Expert advice on interior design: why choose British wool? Expert advice on interior design: why choose British wool? 10 January 2018 Considering an interior design project this year? Where should you start and what should you consider? Joanna Ramsden, Creative Director for Brockway Carpets, offers expert advice on making the right decisions about the most important element in your room – flooring. Read Blog
Why wool is the best choice for the environment Why wool is the best choice for the environment 22 December 2017 With concern about the harmful effect of plastic litter on marine species and habitats growing world-wide, how can the use of natural fibres – such as wool – reduce this impact? Read Blog
Meet Richard - the face of the British Wool story Meet Richard - the face of the British Wool story 1 November 2017 October saw the launch of our new short film which explains the British Wool story - from farm to sale. Read Blog

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