East Hill Mill – Championing British Wool

East Hill Mill, is a micro woollen mill, based on a narrowboat, trading on the UK inland waterways. All the fashion clothing, accessories and rugs for sale are hand made using sustainable, ethical raw materials.

At East Hill Mill you will find handmade scarves, shawls, jumpers, hand bags and beautiful fleece and wool rugs for sale.

Raw wool and Mohair (from the Angora goat), is sourced locally from small holdings where animal welfare is extremely important. Fleece has to be clipped from the sheep and goats each year to prevent them from overheating in the summer. This is the fleece that has kept the animal warm and dry during the winter.

British Wool and Mohair

East Hill Mill promotes sustainably sourced wool and Mohair, which is 100% biodegradable. Today’s fashion retailers feed the demand of a market that wants cheap, easy to care for clothing, paying no regard in a lot of cases, where the clothes were manufactured, what they are made from and the impact on the environment, either in the manufacturing process or disposal problems.

Modern clothing is often made from man made fibres, such as nylon, polyester or acrylic. These fabrics are easy to care for, but every time they go through the washing machine they deposit micro plastics in the water, which then goes into the environment. They eventually end up in landfill, where they will never biodegrade. Often these products are manufactured in developing countries, where labour is cheap and there are few controls over the damage that is done to the environment or the health and well being of the indigenous people.

Why Is Wool so Good?

Wool is a natural product and has some amazing properties – it is:

  • biodegradable
  • repels dirt
  • naturally fire retardant
  • warm
  • breathable
  • long lasting

So that is why it is the main raw material that is hand spun or felted to make long lasting beautiful, clothes and rugs, by east Hill Mill.

Contrary to popular belief, wool is actually easy to care for as it does not need washing as often as synthetic fibres. Often it can just be hung in the fresh air to freshen it up, as it naturally repels dirt and odours. Washing is really easy with a good wool wash product.

The modern consumer, really does need to change its mindset away from fast, easy and disposable, to looking after quality, beautiful items that last and have virtually no impact on planet earth.