Ethical Yarn Directory

What makes a ‘Real Good Yarn’? This ethical yarn directory has been compiled as a result of conversations with suppliers, recommendations and online research. It details yarn suppliers who take extra steps to care for animals, people and the environment. I don’t audit the suppliers and there’s no standard certification process. I suspect that as I learn more about the ethics of the world of wool and yarn that the listings will change. I certainly hope that a lot more suppliers of ‘real good’ yarn will be added.

I am currently offering a FREE Premium Listing to suppliers who are taking extra steps to care for their animals, the planet and/or the people involved in the production of their yarns. A Premium Listing allows for them to add their ‘real good’ credentials as well as photos to their listings

If you have any specific questions or want to find out more about a particular yarn then please contact the supplier directly. If you know of suppliers that I should add to the directory then please let me know.

I hope you enjoy your exploration of Real Good Yarns.

Found 43 listings

big sky textiles

Summary: big sky textiles make beautiful handspun yarns, handwoven textiles and spinning and weaving kits.  With an emphasis on sustainability and treading lightly on the earth, the focus is on using British wools and fibres and recycled materials. My work is labour intensive, often starting with a raw fleece and then dyeing, spinning and weaving it.  Wherever possible, the fleece and fibres are locally sourced or discovered at farms while on my travels in George, my camper [...]
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Eco Stitch

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Here at Eco-stitch we have decided to concentrate on one beautiful natural fibre, linen from the flax plant. We source this vegan, eco-friendly yarn from just over the Channel, where flax is grown along the coastal areas between Normandy in France and Amsterdam in Holland. The world's best quality flax comes from this region, where the ideal climate means that it doesn't require any irrigation [...]

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9 The Glade, Sandown ​, United Kingdom PO36 8NY
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Phone: 01983 400008

From the Mountain

Summary: Luxuriously Soft.  Exquisitely Empowering. From The Mountain is proud to offer 100% cashmere hand spun yarn, directly from women spinning for them in Afghanistan. As their website says, "Spinning cashmere provides these women with a fair wage and an alternative to growing poppies for opium production."
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8 Dogwood Acres Dr, Chapel Hill, USA NC 27516
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Phone: +1 919-967-1762

añañuca

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añañuca is an accredited fair trade business working directly with skilled spinners in Chile to produce a range of highly-textured homespun yarns for adventurous knitters and weavers. Chile has a long tradition of woolcraft, and the majority of the artisans that they work with continue to spin all of their wool on a drop spindle. Yarn is then dyed in small batches, in the home, using plants collected locally. This gives añañuca [...]
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Rhostono, Doldowlod, United Kingdom LD1 6HD
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Flora Fibres

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Flora Fibres Yarn specialises in hand spun yarns and spinning fibres, which all come from plants. I use a range of 12 different plant fibres, many of which are not spun commercially, and create yarns in all weights from lace to super bulky.
They are all botanically dyed in small batches, as much as possible using the dye plants which grow in the countryside near my home, so each skein contains a [...]
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Whistlebare

Summary: Here at Whistlebare producing yarn is entirely a family affair. Every stage of the process is in our hands from selecting the livestock to labelling the last skein of yarn. When you buy natural yarn from Whistlebare you know that it has been produced with the utmost care; both for its quality and beauty, and its concern for animal welfare and environmental impact. On our small family farm in North Northumberland we keep pedigree flocks [...]
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Bowsden, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland, United Kingdom TD15 2TG
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Vegan Yarn

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We are the world's first ethical vegan yarn brand. We hand dye our yarn and fibre in-house in small batches using sustainable and regenerative methods and choose our supplies mindfully.
As much as possible, we work with mills and suppliers that share our views that living beings, and the planet should come first.
We have twelve lines of hand dyed yarn from laceweight to super bulky, with fibres like organic, fair trade cotton, Tencel (lyocell), linen [...]
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422 Fader St, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada V3L 3T1
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UK Alpaca Ltd

Summary: British Alpaca At Its Best UK Alpaca specialises in British alpaca yarns with full provenance. Our natural and dyed fully worsted yarns are manufactured in the traditional mills in the north of England. All the yarns are made from the fleeces of alpacas farmed in Britain. A family business, UK Alpaca was set up by alpaca breeders Chas Brooke and Rachel Hebditch who run 100 alpacas at their farm in Devon. More than 120 alpaca breeders [...]
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Vulscombe Farm, Cruwys Morchard Mill Lane, Pennymoor, Tiverton, Devon, United Kingdom EX16 8NB
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Phone: 01884 243579

Town End Alpaca Yarns – Luxury British Knitting Wools

Summary: We produce luxuriously soft and colourful alpaca and British wool knitting yarns.  Our pure, natural Alpaca yarns are spun in the UK from British alpaca fleeces which we carefully sort and blend on our farm in the Lake District. We buy Blue Faced Leicester and Shetland wool from local farmers, paying them a fair price for their fleeces.  We blend the wool with UK alpaca fleece and have the fibres spun and dyed in the UK. We also produce a custom blend of [...]
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Town End, Crosthwaite, United Kingdom LA8 8JL
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Phone: 07500 778569