It started with our home town and an old industry in decline.
Our small market town, once a thriving part of the woollen industry, had grown quiet as manufacturing had left. Taking the heart of the town with it.
The local carpet factory had recently closed and sheep farmers in the area no longer had a viable outlet for the coarse fleeces of their moorland sheep.
We had an idea. If we could find a new way of working with wool then perhaps we could bring some of this industry back.
And so after much play and experimentation, Solidwool was created.
We believe Solidwool can be considered in place of Injection Moulded Polymers (Petrochemical derived Plastics) and fibreglass for large and/ or structural parts, manufactured in low to medium volumes where tooling investment has to remain modest. Wool is used as the reinforcement, bio-resins as the binder.
Our manufacturing methods are designed to have the lowest environmental impact we can. But this is just the start, we are doing what we can with the resources we currently have. There is and always will be room for improvement.
It’s a sustainable resource. Not renewable. Sheep need fuel too. However the fleeces we use are plentiful. By using the coarse fleece of Sheep farmed in the UK’s uplands, we are adding value to a bi-product of this industry.
We currently source our wool from a mix of local wool merchants processors. Breed, region and quality are assured. But, due to only buying in limited volumes right now, what we can not trace its origin. As our business develops one of our aims is to change this, and select which farmers we buy from. In this way we can work with farms that follow sustainable practices.
Traditionally the resins used in composites manufacture are 100% petrochemical and have varying levels of toxicity. They have a large carbon footprint and emit potentially harmful toxins during manufacture. The toxicity is locked up once fully cured. It stands to reason that these resins are not pleasant to work with.
The resins we currently use can be classed as bio-resins. The resin used in 1st generation Solidwool has roughly 30% bio-based renewable content. Sourced from waste streams of other industries, such as wood pulp and bio-fuels production, this environmentally conscientious resin manufacturer claims a minimum 50% reduction in Carbon Footprint and Greenhouse Gas Emissions during manufacture over traditional resins. Plus their green chemistry eliminates those harmful toxins.
We believe in creating beautiful, soulful products, designed to last.
We make simple and elegant products that last a lifetime. We make use of the best natural materials and twin them with our proprietary modern manufacturing processes.