Not only is our wool all British, cleaned and processed in England without the use of bleach or chemical treatments, we use only the best Grade Wool and each batch of wool is checked and certified as such by the British Wool Marketing Board.
Why Certificate all of our wool??
Whilst the normal Shepherds Crook Mark allocated by the British Wool Marketing Board guarantees that at least 50% of the wool used is British and at least 75% of the materials used are natural, the Certified 100% Wool Mark guarantees that only 100% British Wool is used. There is no wool used from abroad, no scrap wool and no artificial fibres, glues or bonding agents. Each strand of wool we use is traceable to the British Farm from where it came.
You can be assured that British Wool is used in ALL of our wool duvets, wool pillows and wool mattress toppers and this is GUARANTEED, not only by us but also by the British Wool Marketing Board.
SOIL ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION
Whilst all of our prodcts are very natural and our British Wool not bleached or chemically treated, we decided to take one step further to support organic farming, nature and the environment by introducing an Organic Collection fully certified by the Soil Association to Global Organic Trading Standards (GOTS). We are the only duvet company to have achieved this certification from the Soil Association to produce a true Organic finished product. Licence Number DK 20962. Therefore as a Company we are licensed to produce GOTS certified products, a license that is recognised worldwide.
The standards required by the Soil Association are rightfully very strict and to achieve a license for a finished product (not just a component of a product) requires a great deal of effort. Every step of the process is regulated, not just the wool and cotton; the wool mills used, the thread used for stitching, the zips we use, the cleanliness of our workshops, transportation, packaging, the oil in our machines, the transportation we use, even interviewing our staff and checking their salaries/overtime and reviewing our health, safety and welfare standards - all very important aspects and ones we strongly support and adhere to. We are proud to have achieved this license in all of the processes for producing our products.
All of the standards achieved are applied to ALL of our products, not just the ones where we use certified organic wool and cotton so you can be assured that every product produced by Devon Duvets achieves a high standard of quality, cleanliness and ethics.
Regretfully, the local mill that was licensed to GOTS standards to needle our wool has gone into liquidation and therefore this link in the whole process is broken. This means that we cannot in the true spirit of honesty call our products fully organically GOTS certified at this time and would not wish to do so, despite the fact that the products in our Classic Collection are possibly as organic as you will find. Once we have establlished a procedure with a licensed mill, we will be able to produce an honest licensed GOTS organic collection again.
All of our duvets, pillows and mattress toppers in all of our Collections are handcrafted by the same professional seamstresses in Devon, England, creating luxurious and honest yet sustainable products especially for you.
MEMBER OF SEDEX - REGISTRATION NUMBER ZC4562488
SEDEX http://www.sedexglobal.com is a non profit Organisation that offers a simple and effective way to manage ethical and responsible practices within our business. Becoming a member involves undergoing an intensive Independent Audit that examines all aspects of our business in detail using the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code and additional measurements for Health and Safety, the working environment and business ethics as a reference. We are proud to have achieved the standards required in all aspects of our business to be able to become a member of SEDEX.
We are a keen supporter of The Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code which is an Internationally recognised set of labour standards based on ILO conventions - full details of this code can be seen here http://www.ethicaltrade.org/eti-base-code
We are committed to conducting our business with honesty and integrity in a fully transparent way. We expect all of our staff and all with whom we do business to maintain high standards in accordance with our policies and procedures. We operate within many policies to ensure that high standards are maintained and we open our doors for full audits of our business and manufacturing. Examples of these policies/codes are: