Balmuir was founded to pursue passion for genuine materials and appreciation for traditional craftmanship. Since the beginning we have also made a commitment to work with family run enterprises with high ethical values as supplying companies. Some of these partners we have financed and supported them in professional skills. We want to work with people who share our values of quality, reliability, flexibility and genuineness. The main criterias for choosing the supplier are the highest quality craftsmanship, ability and history of processing the chosen raw material and reputation of the company. Balmuir follows the entire production chain starting from the source of the raw material. PETA has recently reported misconducts in mohair production in South Africa, which is the biggest sourcing country for this material. We have received a letter from the MOHAIR South Africa, which states as follows:
”There are approx 1000 farms in South Africa that supply mohair to market. Of the 1000, we have 700 farmers suppling large enough quantities to be considered commercial farms. Of these commercial farms, PETA claimed to have visited 12 farms and we have been able to identify 2 farms where practice is questionable. These farms form a part of our investigation and have been suspended in the interim, whilst being assesed by a third party auditor.”
According to information received today from our manufacturer the two farms under investigation are now closed down.
Balmuir kid mohair products are produced in two family owned companies in South Africa by our partners that we haven't known personally since the beginning of their operation. They both use the same yarn supplier, Samil Natural Fibres ltd. Balmuir CEO Heidi Jaara has personally discussed with Samil managing director Michael Brosnahan about the Samil raw material sourcing; 20% of mohair produced by Samil’s own farms and 20% by partnering farms, of which Samil has 50% ownerships. These sources are 100% traceable. The remaining 60% of the mohair is bought through two main brokers in South-Africa, CMW and BKB. CMW and BKB buy the mohair only from farms, that respect the animal welfare and have passed the external audits. The mohair produced by the farms that PETA reported mistreating the animals, has been withdrawn from the auctions. In addition, if a farm does not pass the audit, it’s not allowed to sell the mohair in the auctions.
Balmuir buying team has scheduled the next visit to South-Africa for the upcoming June. The team will visit both suppliers, Samil yarn supplier and mohair farms to ensure the sustainability and high ethics of the mohair production chain this June. Ethical operations is one of the core values of Balmuir and we are also part of BSCI organization that promotes sustainable business. We are happy to help you with any additional questions consering Balmuir mohair production.
For further information contact info(at)balmuir.com or +358-50-361-9860
Kid mohair wool is made of the hair of Angora goats.
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