Sheep are amazing animals, producing fleeces that continually grow throughout their lives. Humans have been farming sheep for thousands of years, especially for their wool, which is a wonderful fibre. Temperature regulating and breathable, it makes the perfect fibre for clothing and bedding.
Our thousands of happy customers know that we are committed to responsible sourcing when it comes to our wool bedding products. Some of our customers ask how we ensure that our wool comes from farms where the highest animal welfare standards are followed.
The answer is that 100% of the wool we use is British wool and British sheep are some of the best cared for sheep in the world. In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the government department responsible for many standards to do with environmental protection, food production and animal welfare. They exercise very strict controls over farmers and often visit unannounced to inspect animals in their care. Any farmer not considered to be upholding these standards would be banned from keeping sheep.
Additionally, in Britain, the practice of ‘mulesing’ is a banned and illegal practice, whereas in many countries this is normal. By purchasing British wool, we are not only supporting British farmers, which is very important to us, but we also have the assurance that the sheep have not had to undergo this unnecessary and often painful practice.
British Wool is the organisation that works with British farmers, setting the standards for wool quality through their comprehensive grading system. They are also the approved provider for shearing and wool handling training in the UK, with a programme of courses that are recognised across the world and which are led by a team of registered, highly experienced instructors. At Devon Duvets, we only ever accept wool from live sheep that have been shorn in the Spring or Summer, when the sheep naturally need to lose their heavy fleeces.
So, by purchasing one of our products made from 100% British wool that has been certified by the British Wool organisation, you can be confident that you are buying a high-quality product that comes from an animal that has been ethically treat
Most of us associate wool with cold weather – and certainly our fabulous, super soft, high tog duvets are perfect for snuggling in the Winter months. However, the great thing about wool is that because it is a 100% natural material, it is breathable and therefore temperature regulating.
Not getting a good night’s sleep is debilitating and if sustained over a long period can affect your health - and ultimately your family life, work and leisure time. Your brain uses the time you are asleep to re-wire itself and set down memories, and the rest of your body gets to work on repairing any damage done during the day.
When we first had the idea to make wool duvets more than 10 years ago, we visualised making just a few of them from our farm on Dartmoor. This is what we told Monty Don when we filmed his series 'My Dream Farm' and he said this would be only the beginning of our journey - how right he was!
From those first wool duvets, made using wool from our own sheep, we now purchase more than 60,000 prime British fleeces a year and employ more than 15 people. It was and continues to be important to us that we make natural, sustainable products using only the very best quality materials. Each duvet, mattress topper and pillow is individually handcrafted in our own Devon workshops and we are very proud that we make an honest British Product.
So many people have discovered that sleeping under our duvets is a wonderful experience and it is these people who make it possible for us to champion British wool, employ people in Britain and use the services of local businesses. We manage our family business with environmental responsibility in mind and our core values focus on this in every decision made within our business.
Dick and I have been so very busy with building this business of ours from those first sheep that we have never managed to take the time to tell everybody what we are doing! There are so many innovations within our business that we are incredibly proud of and we would like to share these more. We are increasingly being asked for a regular newsletter as many people would like to be kept updated with our progress. We feel that now is the right time to begin this section on our website to provide regular updates and share with you the journey we continue to take.