Verdict: Made in America, Ethical, Environmentally Friendly, High Quality
Brooklyn Tweed is a company that produces modern knitting patterns and also several lines of completely grown and produced in America yarn. Their yarns are not subjected to carbonization (toxic acid baths) that weaken the yarn.
What They Sell: Yarn and knitting patterns
Transparency: Very transparent. All yarns come from three American farms of Targhee-Columbia sheep, and all steps of the production process are done in America.
What They Are Doing Great:
- Made in America
- Wool comes from American Sheep (mulesing of sheep is not practiced in America, where the fly that causes flystrike is not native).
- Ethically made
- Wool is not carbonized ( a process of putting wool into an acid bath that eats away all vegetable matter trapped in the wool)
- Dyes used are either acid dyes (at G.J. Littlewood & Sons for Loft, Shelter, and Quarry) or petroleum-based (at Saco River Dye House for Plains). Dye houses correct pH and monitor temperatures before releasing waste water back into the local waterways. (Information as per email exchange with BT Customer Service Jan 29 2016)
- G.J. Littlewood & Sons uses reactive dyes that are almost completely absorbed by the fiber and not released into the waterways and are also used by ethical and eco-friendly retailer Zady.
- Saco River Dye House is an organically certified dye house and are focused on increasing environmental sustainability by reducing usage of water, chemicals, and energy during their dye process. They also purchase carbon offsets to address their impacts for carbon emissions, natural gas consumption and freight.
- They try to reduce environmental impact in their production facilities and offices. All of their printed patterns and books are made at Franklin Printing in Maine, which is powered by 100% renewable energy.