Whether for yarn production, printed patterns, or the running of its warehouse and offices, Brooklyn Tweed strives to be as energy and environmentally conscious as possible. In the production process Brooklyn Tweed’s fleeces are handled gently; while cleaned thoroughly, our wool is never subjected to the harsh chemical treatment called carbonization which obliterates plant matter but can also damage the wool itself. As a result, our finished yarns can still contain a few flecks of flora, small reminders that the wool comes from real sheep that spend active lives in the great outdoors.
Dapple is spun from 60% Colorado Merino and 40% Texas Organic cotton, grown by the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative who utilize rainwater and eschew pesticides in pursuit of more environmentally friendly farming. You can read more about the benefits of Organic cotton here: https://brooklyntweed.com/pages/dapple-lookbook
Brooklyn Tweed currently works with three different dye houses: G. J. Littlewood & Sons in Philadelphia, PA for Loft, Shelter, Quarry, and Tones; Ultimate Textiles in Rutherfordton, NC for Arbor and Peerie; and Caledonian Dye Works in Philadelphia, PA for Dapple and Tones. Acid dyes are used for most of our yarns due to their high colorfast reliability when dyeing wool. Regardless of the type of dye used, each dye house is able to correct the pH of their resulting waste water, as well as monitor for proper temperature, before releasing the excess water into the respective local waterway. The local water department regularly monitors the dye houses for compliance with federal and state regulations.
We work with the two remaining large scale scouring facilities operating in the US that clean and process greasy wool. Bollman Industries in Texas and Chargeurs Wool in South Carolina both use hot water and gentle soup to clean the wool. The waste water is processed in their premises before being returned to the city sewer system (Bollman) or their on-site facility (Chargeurs).
Additionally, Franklin Printing in Maine — the printing company that Brooklyn Tweed uses for books, yarn labels, and shade cards — is powered by 100% renewable energy.