We believe in treating animals with respect and compassion
We are committed to never using materials that require the suffering or killing of animals, educating our community on the realities of the treatment of animals in fashion supply chains, and supporting the practice of forging farm-level relationships and allowing domesticated animals to live their full natural lifespans in comfort.
What We Know
Thanks to the commendable efforts of global campaigning organizations, the true horror of the treatment of animals in fashion supply chains has been brought to light for some time now. That includes ripping away the fur from live angora rabbits, live-plucking geese for down, inflating live snakes by pumping them with water in order to produce greater quantities of snakeskin leather, and the routine slaughter of animals once they’ve reached the end of their “useful” life.
An estimated 606,218,490,000 silkworms are killed annually in the production of silk.
Australia is the dominant supplier of wool globally. As of 2017, the majority of wool exported from Australia was classified as coming from sheep still undergoing mulesing.
Most down is procured from either killing or live-plucking geese and ducks. A minority is procured from naturally molted feathers.
What We Are Doing About It
We believe in treating animals with respect and compassion, and are committed to never using materials that require their suffering or killing. We do not use animal skins, silk, fur, or horn buttons in our collection. You can read more about the other animal-derived materials we have chosen not to use here, including virgin cashmere and down.
We source our wool from two family farms in Tasmania, where we have had the privilege of building close relationships. We do not view our wool as a commodity, but as a gift to be treated with care and absolute minimal waste throughout its lifecycle.
White Gum is an ethical, zero-slaughter farm operated by Nan Bray. Nan, a former marine physicist turned shepherdess in her retirement, takes a holistic approach to environmental management, creating a farm system that allows for her sheep to live out their full natural lives, in addition to avoiding all mulesing and tail docking. We view Nan’s farm as the gold standard in the industry and she has become a trusted consultant to Another Tomorrow. Nan is in the process of obtaining RWS certification and is currently certified under the NewMerino program.
Barega is an RWS-certified farm owned and operated by Chris and Shelley Saunders. Shelley, a former nurse, brings an incredibly compassionate approach to her treatment of the animals. Their practices go above and beyond the RWS-standard requirements by avoiding the practice of tail docking and utilizing cover-combs when shearing. Cover combs are a gentler approach to shearing that leave two to three weeks of wool growth behind and avoid skin damage, providing extra protection to the sheep after shearing.
What We Can Do Better
Our goal is to source all of our wool from zero-slaughter wool-only operations. We have found that our initial approach, asking existing farm operations to change to this zero-slaughter system, is often inconsistent with maintaining the economic viability of the farm given meaningful financial consequences, particularly at a time of high meat prices and depressed wool prices. As a result, we are currently in the process of researching potential strategies which can scale and achieve our zero-slaughter goal.