KAOS YARN wishes to inspire you to self indulgence and color courage - with a clean conscience!
KAOS YARN is spun of soft, organic and biodegradable fibres. The quality is very high making your creations last for years, minimizing the carbon footprint.
The yarn is produced solely of GOTS certified organic fibres. That is your security for ethical production regarding both animal welfare and nature. This also means that no mulesing is performed on the animals and the yarn is not SuperWash treated.
The pigments and the dyeing process follow European regulation regarding toxic free dyes and enviromental concerns.
The family owned spinning mill in Peru is Fair Trade certified, ensuring good working condition for the employees. Furthermore they work to better the conditions for people in the community and help women into entrepreneurship.
Sustainability is present in all aspects of KAOS YARN. All printing is certified with the Danish Swan Eco Label, and all paper used is FSC certified. Freight packaging is chosen to minimize the volume used during transportation.
WHAT IS MULESING?
Mulesing is the removal of skin folds from the breech area of merino sheep. This procedure is usually performed without anesthesia and is very painful for the sheep.
Mulesing is performed to avoid flies laying eggs in the sheep's skin folds primarily in Australia.
KAOS YARN Merino is produced of wool from Argentina, where these insect attacks don't occure and therefore there is no tradition of performing this procedure. The GOTS certification is a guarantee of that.
WHY NOT SUPERWASH?
Superwash is the trademark name for a chemical treatment which makes the wool easier to handle, both in production and for the consumer. Superwash treatment is used to improve the fibres’ ability to be washed normally without felting or shrinking, but unfortunately it is a burden for the environment.
Superwash is a treatment with chlorine gas that removes the outer scales of the fibres and coat them with a thin layer of plastic. A lot of chlorine is let out with the waste water from the production, and it causes pollution in the surrounding area.
Some argue that Superwash wool still has the same properties with this plastic layer, since it is very thin. Others believe the Superwash wool should be referred to as a synthetic material, and that it no longer has the same insulating and moisture wicking properties as untreated wool.
There are new Wash treatmenst coming, with smaller impact on the environment.