From field to foot
Aside from the fact that these slippers are the warmest we've ever tried (you genuinely will feel like you are walking on little sun-soaked clouds), Kyrgies pacts some serious impact with their operations, both socially and environmentally. Let's break it down.
Starting with the woolen source, Kyrgies works with local farmers who pasture raise their sheep. The sheep spend the spring and summers in the mountains and come down to the valley in fall and winter. Like most sheep in Kyrgyzstan, the animals roam free, guarded by shepherds on horseback rather than fences. Additionally, you can be sure there is never any mulesing involved in the process of raising their sheep since the Alai breed native to Kyrgyzstan is not prone to flystrike.
There are so many environmental benefits of using animal fiber in products, starting with the fact that wool is a renewable resource. Traditional slippers are most often made from polyester or other synthetics, which are essentially plastic made from coal and petroleum. Sheep, who are unable to shed, preferred to be (ethically) sheared every year for health and hygiene reasons. EarthHero 100% supports the collection of natural fibers with responsible animal welfare practices - Kyrgies goes above and beyond in this aspect since their sheep are ethically raised, mindfully sheered, and allowed to run free before their next haircut. The Kyrgie's farmers see themselves as caretakers of both their land and their family's esteemed farming tradition and we couldn't agree and support this statement more.
Not only is sheep's wool a great alternative to synthetic materials but it can also be used in the hand-felting process that Kyrgies employs. Hand-felting is the simple craft of pressing wool together using water and natural soap to create a strong and durable fabric material. This process emits SO much less CO2 than the typical machine manufacturing used in clothing and shoe production. Kyrgies also employs a women-led collective to hand felt and construct their slippers and pays fair trade wages to the group for their work. Your purchase helps these artisans create sustainable income for their families and allows the group to expand and employ more and more women from the community.
We could go on forever about how much we love this brand but you'll have to try their slippers out and see for yourself. We won't judge if you get carried away with your cart ;)