Devold has a strong tradition for using Norwegian wool. Our classical knitted sweaters, and related products such as knitted hats, mittens and socks, are all made from 100 per cent Norwegian wool. This wool has thicker fibres than ultra-fine merino wool, for example, that we use for garments worn closest to the body.
Environmentally-friendly wool produced by Norwegian farmers
Photo: Sune Eriksen
Norwegian wool is one of the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable textiles in the world, and the Norwegian wool sourced via Norilia holds the Nordic “Swan” Ecolabel. This is because Norwegian agriculture is well-organised, giving an overview of the entire value chain, from sheep farmer, via wool station, and up to the final washing of the wool.
Minimum use of chemicals
There are very few pesticide residues in Norwegian wool, and few pesticides are generally used in Norwegian agriculture. Norwegian sheep farming is also based on grazing of areas where few pesticides are used. In the summer, more than 85 per cent of all Norwegian sheep graze in outlying land where no pesticides are used at all.
We source most of our Norwegian wool through Norilia, which cooperates with its sister company, Haworth Scouring Company in the UK, on washing the wool. HSC has one of the market's most environmentally-friendly washing processes. This includes super-modern equipment to process discharge water. Norwegian wool from Norilia, washed at HSC, is approved for the Nordic “Swan” Ecolabel. HSC is also accredited with GOTS and OEKO Tex.
In the environmentally-friendly washing process,
- 100 per cent of the rinsing water is recirculated.
- The average water consumption is below 4 litres per kilo of wool that is washed.
- A lot of the energy is recirculated through extensive heat recovery systems.
- Only biologically degradable washing agents, which are not toxic for aquatic life, are used.
- No chlorine-based bleaching agents.
- At least 20 per cent of the wool fat, lanolin, is recovered.
- Dirt and dust from the wool fibres and sludge from the drainage system are also recovered.
- All metal, plastic and cardboard used as packaging are recycled.
- The COD in discharges is held at levels below 8000 mg/litre, which is very low.
- The Nordic Ecolabel makes it easy to make the right choice for the environment.