We just returned from an amazing trip to Uruguay, a beautiful country sharing a border with Brazil and Argentina.
After over 15 hours of flying from California, we arrived in Montevideo, a lovely city of 1.5 million residents.
One of our objectives for this trip was to connect with the Merino wool suppliers, specifically suppliers who follow sustainable work practices and carry certifications such as RWS (Responsible Wool Standards), GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) and Oeko-Tex .
We visited the Lanas Trinidad facilities located north of Montevideo where we got to see the whole process of sorting, cleaning and combing the wool supplied by local sheep farms.
There is a reason why these facilities have maintained high standards in the wool industry: not only do they follow good manufacturing practices, they also have taken into consideration the impact of their production on the local environment. They have taken great strides in cleaning and recycling the water they use to wash the wool and have even captured the methane gas from their processes and have converted it into energy to power their facilities. A closed loop production process in action!!
We next visited one of their Merino wool suppliers - a sheep farm about 40 kilometers away from their processing facility.
Merino wool sheep upclose & personal
selfie with the Merino sheep
Needless to say, we had a great time touring Lanas Trindad and visiting the sheep farm. We learned so much and are excited about our future collaboration with these groups!