To create the world’s first cruelty-free wool hat, we first had to go back to our supply chain and make sure we only use wool from farms in Australia that do not practice Mulesing, then track that specific wool from our distributor in China to our factory. Each shipment is certified Non-Mulesed wool and all parties, including the sheep, are very happy with the results. Mulesing is the removal of chunks of skin on the buttocks of the sheep to stop a disease called Flystrike. Over 20 million Merino lambs are Mulesed in Australia each year. Hopefully by educating people on this topic, Australia might consider the alternatives to this cruel practice. There isn’t really much of an increase in costs in the finished hat, it’s just a process that most manufacturers couldn’t be bothered to undertake or perhaps didn’t know existed. We encourage other hat manufacturers and wool users to consider a change. It took us approximately two years to sort out the details and luckily there are more and more Australian farms with a holistic approach to sheep farming so more non-Mulesed wool is available now. You can read more about cruelty-free wool from our friends at NewMerino.com.au
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The first step in becoming a responsible consumer is considering all the information at hand, and acting in a way that considers the quality of life of all animals and individuals impacted by the manufacturing and purchasing processes. The mulesing of sheep is a practice that is intended to keep sheep from being infected by flystrike, sounds simple and harmless enough. But the process of mulesing doesn’t only remove wool, it also removes skin. That is a statement that needs no elaboration. After two years of working directly with Australian farmers, we can now offer top quality, cruelty-free wool hats, and that is a statement worthy of celebration.
These men’s and women’s wool hats are made from 100% Australian wool, are extremely warm, and extremely fashionable. Everytime you get a compliment on one of these wool hats from Conner, you can educate your fellow consumers on cruelty-free farming and manufacturing. For more information, feel free to visit our friends at NewMerino.com.au.
Aside from the clear conscience, wool hats from Conner come with versatility and style. The 100% Australian wool is UPF 50+, and whether you want your wool hat to have a secret compartment or hand-beaded accent pieces in the Native American style, Conner has you covered. There are bohemian styles for men and women who want to make a statement in any setting. These cruelty-free wool hats from Conner will keep you warm and stylish out in the country, or in the big city alike.