Friendsheep Wool

Handmade With Love

Who They Are

Friendsheep Wool believes in eco-friendly, fair-trade practices that allow their artisans to strive for a better life. Friendsheep Wool’s products are handmade in the Himalayan Valley of Kathmandu, Nepal by creative women and people with disabilities who come from underprivileged communities. Not only do they foster ethical working conditions for their artisans, but they also guarantee fair wages, medical care, and education.

Friendsheep Wool is passionate about empowering disadvantaged populations while maintaining an unwavering commitment to eco consciousness through their sustainable practices. Their products are made from organic, cruelty-free certified New Zealand wool as well as eco-friendly azo-free dyes. Hand-felted using vegetable soap, warm water, then sun-dried, Friendsheep Wool doesn’t mess around with any toxic dyes or fragrances in their products. Whether your pets are playing with their eco pet products, or you’re throwing in your laundry with their eco dryer balls and fabric fresheners, you can feel good about being compassionate towards the Earth, animals, and yourself.


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Why We Like Them

Tired of all the plastic that comes with packaging? Friendsheep Wool determined that the only kind of packaging they’ll use is completely plastic-free. By using post-consumer materials that are recyclable and compostable, Friendsheep Wool is committed to minimizing their environmental impact on Mother Earth.

While their eco-friendly products are designed in the US, they source from their cooperatives and factories in Nepal that ensure fair wages, and ethical working conditions to empower women and people with disabilities. Their products are always fair-trade, hand-made, and hand-printed with azo-free dyes. Friendsheep Wool uses organic, cruelty-free certified New Zealand wool and organic cotton in their products. Plus, their products are reusable and compostable, so they never have to end up in landfill! 

Friendsheep Wool didn’t stop there. For every item purchased, they’ll plant a tree. They also give back about 20% of their proceeds to environmental nonprofits like Hope for Paws, Funds for Animals, Global Wildlife Conservation, The Humane Society, The Nature Conservancy, Eden Reforestation Projects, Carbonfund.org, Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd, Ocean Conservancy, and many others.

  • EarthHero - Organic Wool
    Organic Wool
  • Compostable - EarthHero
    Compostable
  • Leaping Bunny
    Leaping Bunny
  • Empowers Women
    Empowers Women
  • 1% for the Planet
    1% for the Planet
  • Charitable
    Charitable
  • Plants a Tree
    Plants a Tree
  • Safe & Fair Labor
    Safe and Fair Labor
  • Handmade
    Handmade
  • Low Impact Dyes
    Low Impact Dyes

Organic wool presents less harm than conventional wool production, as both the feed and forage for the sheep must be organic, and no pesticides or insecticides can be used to treat the sheep. Organic wool can be harvested yearly without harming the sheep, and does not involve toxic “sheep dips” where farmers drench the sheep in harmful chemicals. Organically raised sheep are housed in ways that prevent overgrazing, and are not dependent on antibiotics or other drugs, as they live in healthy conditions. Wool is highly absorbent, so it requires little water to dye the finished fabrics. Wool is odor resistant, so you can get away with skipping washes (and saving water!), plus when wool is untreated it’s biodegradable.

This product contains material that can break down into soil in either a backyard or industrial composting system. These products are declared compostable by the manufacturer, but may not third-party certified. Contact your local waste-hauler or composting facility to determine where these materials may be accepted. Certain materials may be better fit for industrial facilities than backyard composting systems. Industrial facilities may not exist in your area.

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

This company promotes the empowerment of women by providing safe employment opportunities and working conditions, promoting community programs and gender equality, or donating time or funds towards women’s education and empowerment opportunities.

This company partners with 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit organization that helps promote environmental stewardship. Members commit to donating at least 1% of their sales to the program, which helps connect them to high-impact environmental nonprofits across the globe.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

The company that makes this product has a program to plant trees in proportion with their sales. Planting trees helps to combat deforestation, reduce atmospheric CO2, and preserve the health of ecosystems across the globe.

We support safe and fair labor practices when producing sustainable products. This company cares for their workers by fostering a safe work environment and providing their employees with fair wage.

We support small businesses and craftspeople who create each of their products with care. Handmade products are generally produced on a small scale, without the use of large energy consuming factories and production facilities. Buying handmade helps support art, communities, and people’s livelihoods.

Companies can adopt multiple practices to dye their textiles and products in a more environmentally safe way. Low impact dyes usually do not contain toxins such as heavy metals, plasticizers, fluorocarbons, and formaldehyde. Sustainable dyes can also be water or plant based, or use less water than conventional dyeing methods.

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