The Natural Sustainability of Pendleton Wool
Wool is one of the oldest fibers used by humans, dating back thousands of years. At Pendleton, our wool expertise dates back 150 years—making us one of the oldest wool manufacturers in the United States. Pendleton wool products are naturally sustainable, thanks to the wonderful properties of wool itself.
Wool is naturally renewable
Wool is an entirely natural fiber. Fleece regrows every year after shearing, making wool a completely renewable fiber and one of the most sustainable sources for textile use.
Wool has a long lifespan
Wool is one of nature’s most durable fibers; it can resist tearing and can bend more than 20,000 times without breaking. This is more than four times the durability of any other natural fiber—and one of the reason wool blankets and garments can last for years.
Wool is recyclable and biodegradable
When a wool item has reached its end use, it can be recycled to create new textiles, insulation and more. When disposed of in the right soil conditions, wool will naturally decompose, slowly returning valuable nutrients back into the earth.
Wool items need less care
Wool naturally resists odor, stains and soiling. This means many more uses between cleanings, saving you time, energy and water.
Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool®
A special collection of our wool products are certified by MBDC (Cradle to Cradle) for sustainability. These products can assist with those seeking LEEDs certifications for their homes. All Eco-Wise Wool® products are made in our Washougal, Washington, mill, and are certified as Biological Nutrients, since at the end of their long lifecycle they can be returned to the earth in composting.
Sustainability and Pendleton Mills
Our two mills, in Pendleton, Oregon, and Washougal, Washington, have been in production for more than 100 years, producing premium fabrics for apparel and home. We adhere to strict manufacturing processes using widely recognized environmental standards.
The wool used in our blankets is carded, spun, dyed, woven, washed, finished, and sewn in the Pacific Northwest. The jacquard-patterned fabrics and blankets are still woven in the original mill in Pendleton, Oregon. This mill started weaving trade blankets in 1909. Our mill in Washougal, Washington, which began weaving in 1912, is where you can see plaid and solid-colored fabrics woven, including most wool used in our apparel.
Where does our wool come from?
Our wool buyer knows each grower by name, with relationships spanning generations. Much of our wool is grown in Umatilla Country, Oregon, near our Pendleton mill. Other wool is sourced from responsible farmers around the globe.
We reuse and recycle
We adopt a “closed loop” philosophy for our production processes. We reuse mill scraps—fabric ends, selvage trim plus other odds and ends—to create additional products. These scraps are also coveted by crafters and artists. When unable to be reused, mill scrap is recycled.
We are vertical manufacturers
This means we have total control over our raw materials and production processes, opting for the most environmentally-friendly options whenever possible.
MBDC AND CRADLE TO CRADLE for Eco-Wise Wool®
The wool fabric has been certified for its material content, recyclability and manufacturing characteristics.
OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 for cotton baby blankets, cotton bedding
Tested for harmful substances and produced sustainably.
OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN 100 for bath and spa/beach towels
Made following environmentally-friendly standards and under safe, socially responsible working conditions.
GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD (GOTS) for cotton bedding
Meets global organic textile standards.
FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (FSC)
The paper used in our catalogs and other printed material comes from responsibly managed forests.