Welcome to the world of ethical yarn!
As a keen knitter, novice crocheter and would-be weaver I have recently become interested in the issues related to ethical yarn. With Real Good Yarns my aim is make it easy for other lovers of yarn to find ethical wool and yarn from suppliers who are taking the extra steps to ensure animal welfare, care for the planet and promote fair trade. My hope in telling the stories of these yarns is to inspire you to consider not only the fabulous colours and textures on offer when choosing your yarns but also the story behind them.
Happy knitting, crocheting & weaving!
An interesting article by the International Wool Textile Organisation on microplastics and ocean pollution.
Have a look at these fabulous crocheted, giant ‘sea urchins‘ – part of an installation at iLight Marina Bay, Singapore, which had the theme of Biomimicry and sustainability.
Good Yarn Criteria
All suppliers on this website are confident that animal-produced yarns come from animals that have been well-treated. The 'animal-friendly' tag is for those suppliers who go the extra step to ensure the welfare of their animals, either by visiting the farms or by selling yarn produced by their own animals. This website is a mulesing-free zone.
Recycled yarns come in a number of forms from recycled sari silk to t-shirt material.