Devold has selected its partners carefully – the farming families with whom they work, just over a dozen of them, have developed the production of merino wool over generations. These farms operate extremely sustainable and particularly environmentally friendly operations and have abandoned any cruel practices they might have once pursued, such as mulesing. Devold's Merino farmers heed both what the herd and the soil tell them. They’ve come to realise that sheep that enjoy life grow better wool. Devold’s quest for merino wool of the highest quality, which meets all their requirements for sustainable wool production, starts from Argentina. From the Patagonian pampas Devold sources 100% organic merino wool from carefully selected farmers with healthy sheep who live freely on pastures where no pesticides or fertilisers have been used. With these same criteria Devold picks some of the wool from selected farms also in New Zealand and Australia
The organic merino wool travels from Patagonia to Devold's own factory in Europe Lithuania. Their uncompromising approach to work and the extreme focus on detail ensure that every Devold garment is of the highest quality. Accuracy. Precision. Control. At Devold’s eco-certified factory in Lithuania, they have control of every stage of the process. Devold’s production is not based on groundbreaking volumes. Instead, each woollen garment is woven, sewn and carefully checked by people who enjoy their work. Since its start, Devold has been the proud owner of its own factory. A few years ago they decided to buy, own and run a new, super-modern factory specially adapted to Devold's products and high-quality wool. They located the factory in Europe, even though many similar operations were being moved to Asia. This high-tech factory dating from 2015 is located in Lithuania. Why is this? “Because quality assurance is considered to be more reliable in Europe, and since Lithuania is located in the heart of the European market. Short distances and proximity to the head office in Norway make for more efficient logistics and communication,” says Tor Jonsson, the factory's general manager. Here, in the country's fifth-largest town, Panevezyz, 304 people are engaged in the many different stages of production and quality control of merino wool. Laboratory testing is performed of such characteristics as strength and fineness, whereby the wool is stretched, x-rayed, and scrutinised in multiple procedures.
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84% of Devold’s material is wool, and they only use a few synthetic materials to increase the durability of the garments. Every one of their farmers must abide by the Five Freedoms for Animal Welfare and none of the sheep may be subjected to mulesing. Their manufacturing process complies to EU Reach and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® standards, so clients can be sure there’s no harmful chemicals in Devold’s garments. Devold reports about their usage of packaging materials and their recyclability to the GrøntPunkt Norge and they report to World Economic Forum about their supporting of environmental NGOs.
Devold shares the origin of the materials, design and manufacturing openly. They produce 94% of their products in their own factory in Lithuania, and the wool comes from their partner farms in Argentina, New Zealand and Norway. Devold is audited by third party according to STeP requirements and this applies to all their suppliers.
Devold reports their climate footprint on Scope 1 and 2 to the World Economic Forum.