Wool by Nordwolle
They do exist, these happy long-term partnerships. One such example is the collaboration with our partner company Nordwolle Rügen. After all, Nordwolle Rügen has been making sure that our winter Wildling Shoes models are both exceptionally warm and exceptionally sustainable for years.
Thanks to cooperation with small-scale workshops, the production process can be retraced to a large extent – from the extraction of the resources from gray-wooled Pomeranian Coarsewool sheep to the production of yarn in Germany’s oldest clothmaking mill. A prime example of regenerative entrepreneurship that we’d like to shine a light on.
Fair and social-minded.
Nordwolle Rügen uses eco-friendly resources and ensures that both their practices and their treatment of all parties involved in the production process are fair and social-minded.
Transparent and regional.
The wool that is processed comes from Germany. Nordwolle Rügen facilitates transparency along the entire supply chain by means of partnerships based on trust.
We are connected with Nordwolle Rügen not only by a long-standing friendship and business partnership, but also by our respectful collaboration on equal terms.
Our partner Nordwolle is committed to preserving biodiversity through the use of wool from German regional sheep breeds.
A clever idea that preserves biodiversity.
Since the wool of the Pomeranian sheep is relatively coarse, its suitability for traditional textile production is limited. This meant that the breed eventually ceased to be regarded as a source of raw materials.
In spite of this, Marco Scheel founded Nordwolle Rügen and discovered a practical way to use the wool, making wool production radically more sustainable since 2013. The company produces exclusively to order – which is the only way to guarantee that overproduction, and ultimately waste production, does not occur. The virgin wool that is used comes from endangered sheep breeds, and the fodder comes from grazing land, not from South American monoculture.
As a result, Nordwolle is making an indispensable contribution to species preservation and biodiversity. Finally, to bring things full circle, our partner company combines ancient raw materials with state-of-the-art manufacturing processes in the production process.
Wool from German sheep.
The endangered Pommeranian Coarsewool sheep are being used for landscape conservation in the district of Vorpommern-Rügen. They are the source of most of the wool.
Wool scouring in Portugal.
Since the last wool scouring operation in Germany went out of business in 2009, the company has had to look abroad. In this case, in Portugal.
Spinning mill in Lusatia.
The newly cleaned wool is combed, or rather carded, in a state-of-the-art wool spinning mill in Lusatia. After that, the wool is spun into yarn.
Weaving mill in Bavaria.
The clothmaking mill, founded in 1644, weaves cloth from the yarn, which is then fulled and transferred to partner companies for further processing.
From surfing to producing sustainable wool.
He was actually just cold and wanted a warm woolen sweater made in Germany after his windsurfing session. What he then came across in his research, however, was beyond dissatisfying – until he decided to try it out for himself. More than a decade later, Marco Scheel and his company Nordwolle Rügen rank among the most sustainable wool producers in Germany. Today, we caught up with our long-time business partner, friend, and visionary in an interview.