We’re taking local to a whole new level with our ZQ Premium Merino range, produced in partnership with ZQ, the world leader for ethical wool. ZQ represents the wool of choice for world-class brands and stands for quality, sustainability and connection, from the ZQ farmers through to our home-sewing community.
This partnership allows us here at The Fabric Store to trace our merino right back to its New Zealand source farms, connecting us to the values, vision and ethical farming systems that went into its production. Considered guardians of the environment, each of these ZQ farms maintain individual long term supply contracts with ZQ. These contracts provide sustainable wool price-points for farmers, meaning they are able to produce ‘fit-for-purpose’ fibre, be recognised for their values and ethical farming systems, and have income stability. We love that these ZQ contracts give us the certainty that our merino is consistent in fibre quality, traceable to source, meets environmental sustainability benchmarks and adheres to animal welfare and social responsibilities.
Our ZQ Premium Merino fabric is also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified. The OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products. OEKO-TEX tests for harmful substances from a consumer's point of view, based on the respective purpose of the material or textile. OEKO-TEX testing ensures that these fabrics are free of harmful substances such as Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol (to name a few), as well as a number of harmful chemicals that have not yet been legally regulated. For more information visit their website: https://www.oeko-tex.com/