We ship out all our goods in with Woolcool packaging, Wool Cool ensures the temperature of the products stays as constant as can be for the shipping duration. As an ethical and environmentally responsible business,Wool Packaging is very sensitive to the welfare of animals and in particular, sheep, from which our amazing, sustainable insulated packaging material, Woolcool, is made. However if you do not wish to have it delivered in this packaging due to allergies or any other reason we are able to ship in highly insulated foam based packaging however due to the costs involved in this more expensive option there is a £15 surcharge per shipment. This can be selected at checkout.
As an ethical and environmentally responsible business, The Wool Packaging Company (TWPC) is very sensitive to the welfare of animals and in particular, sheep, from which our amazing, sustainable insulated packaging material, Woolcool, is made.
There are two reasons to shear sheep. Firstly, to harvest their wool, and secondly, for welfare reasons: a heavy fleece not only causes a sheep to overheat in the summer, but it also provides an ideal environment for harmful parasites.
In accordance with UK Law, TWPC purchases all wool produced in the UK through the The British Wool Marketing Board organisation and its agents. As a matter of principle TWPC does not purchase ‘pulled’ wool derived as a by-product from the fellmongering industry.
Under The British Wool Marketing Scheme of 1950, the BWMB is required to register all producers with four or more sheep (with the exception of Shetland, which has its own arrangement). There are currently over 46,000 registered producers.
The Board of 9 elected producer members, representing 9 different areas of the UK, and 2 Government appointees, meets eight times a year and reports back to nine regionally elected committees.
Day to day operations are run from the Board’s headquarters in Bradford, with small regional offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information go to the BWMB website: http://www.britishwool.org.uk
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sheep and goats: Welfare Regulations
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence to cause or allow unnecessary suffering to any animal and introduces a duty of care for all animals.
As a livestock farmer, you must take such steps as are reasonable to ensure your animals’ welfare.
General welfare requirements for all farmed animals – including sheep and goats – are outlined in the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007.
You must treat all farm livestock – including sheep and goats – so that their health and welfare meets the minimum requirements for care and husbandry.
FAWC – Farm Animal Welfare Committee
The five freedoms of animal welfare
The Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) – a government advisory body has identified five freedoms that – if maintained – can help ensure the welfare of your livestock. These state that, at all times, animals should have freedom:
•from hunger and thirst – animals must have access to fresh water and a diet which will maintain health and vigour
•from discomfort – an appropriate environment should be provided, including shelter and a comfortable resting area
•from pain, injury or disease – you must ensure the prevention of illnesses, or rapid diagnosis and treatment
•to express normal behaviour – sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind should all be provided
•from fear and distress – you must provide conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Adult sheep of breeds which have continuously growing wool should be shorn at least once every year, to help reduce the risk of external parasites and keep the animals comfortable. Shearing has to be carried out carefully and sympathetically to avoid problems such as handling stress and injuries. It is also important that shorn sheep are managed correctly to protect them from weather conditions.
The washing and scouring that our wool undergoes prior to felting is very rigorous, going through a multi-stage process to arrive at the clean fleece product ready for felting into Woolcool. This process is carried out to an international ISO standard, a copy of which I have attached for your reference.