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Sheep Inc unveils world's first hoodie with naturally carbon negative footprint

Tom Shearsmith
14 May 2021

Sheep Inc. has unveiled the industry's first item of clothing that naturally has no carbon footprint, leaving no trace - only a positive planetary impact.

Each hoodie naturally removes more CO2 from the atmosphere than its manufacturing creates, creating a naturally carbon negative footprint without the need to offset.

Climate positive since launch, this global first has been achieved by Sheep Inc.’s relentless drive for sustainable supply chain innovation and its commitment to regenerative farming. With today’s milestone, Sheep Inc. is the first company to evolve from being a sustainable fashion brand to become a truly regenerative one.

At the raw material stage, Sheep Inc. exclusively uses carefully sourced, extra-fine 19.5μ Merino wool from 3 regenerative sheep stations in New Zealand. The three farms sit at the forefront of the regenerative farming movement and use innovative land management, feeding and grazing techniques to capture more CO2e from the atmosphere than their operations emit.

The carbon-negative fibre is then processed by Sheep Inc.’s supply chain partners across Europe, who run on 100% solar power.

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Each hoodie is then created by Portuguese specialist knitter Fatextil using 100% solar powered, 3D Wholegarment knitting machines, to ensure a zero-waste manufacturing process. All orders are fulfilled from UK’s first carbon-neutral logistics partner Airbox, which is completely solar powered and uses electric vehicles.

Merino wool’s unique self-cleansing properties and zero-odour retention ensure that emissions from washing and drying are reduced to a minimum, with every hoodie being 100% biodegradable to ensure zero trace at end of life.

Priced at £140, the hoodie will be available to purchase on Sheep Inc’s website from early next week.

Edzard van der Wyck, CEO & Co-Founder of Sheep Inc, commented: "We believe in the fashion industry’s collective responsibility to create products that work within safe, planetary boundaries.

"We therefore need to start designing products that naturally have a regenerative effect on our planet. Products that in their creation and use give back more to nature than they take, without the need to offset. This hoodie serves as a testament that this is possible. To reach a future where we design in harmony with nature."

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