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The Natural Fibre
The Natural Fibre

Making more with your wool

The spinning mill which helps you add value to wool, mohair and alpaca

We have recently achieved Carbon Reduction accreditation with a validated carbon footprint, as part of the Carbon AAA initiative.

Colin Spencer Halsey, CEO of The Natural Fibre Company says: “As a vertically integrated mill with end-to-end processing we add value to our customers fibre and are always looking at ways to further reduce our waste, energy consumption and manufacturing costs. We were looking for guidance to lead us through this process, making improvements to our business practices and to becoming more energy efficient. By working with Paul Gilbert, Programme Lead of Make it Net Zero and SWMAS and using the Carbon AAA benchmarking tool and dashboard we were able to create an action plan to make informed decisions, implement immediate changes and set longer-term goals to cut our carbon emissions.”

Paul Gilbert, Programme Lead of Make it Net Zero says: “Working with The Natural Fibre Company has been a rewarding experience and they should be proud of their achievements to date and plans for achieving Net Zero in the future. Given their product and customer base, sustainability and the health of the environment is paramount. They are a model example of how measuring and managing energy can lead to savings and more efficient working practices”.

Becoming even more efficient in our manufacturing systems and processes provides a better output for the planet as well as meeting the expectations of our environmentally conscious customers and  their end products. Sustainability, traceability and provenance are integral to our manufacturing activities and core values as a British wool spinner with expertise in handling Wool, Alpaca, Mohair, Rare and Specialised varieties of fleece. We also work with alternative and recycled materials in our inhouse testing facility, supporting the local and circular economy. A range of waste materials generated from the mill’s manufacturing processes are regularly sold on for use in a variety of projects such as padding for pet beds, stuffing for craft-based activities and hand spinning.

Pictured: Colin Spencer Halsey, CEO

We are delighted to be involved in this initiative, working with Enterprise Coordinators from Careers Hub Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Careers Leaders and other Business representatives to support and promote career pathways and opportunities for young people.

The Careers Hub CIoS is a national scheme linking the local business community with schools and colleges to bridge the gap between education and employment, aiming to help young people make more informed choices about their future careers. The project is co-funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership and the employer-led national Careers & Enterprise Company. You can find out more about the initiative here.

 

Today, we announce that with effect from 1 April 2022 our prices will be increasing by 6%. We will also be increasing our carriage costs by 7.5%. 

All businesses are facing unprecedented increases in supply chain costs across a wide range of areas including wages, NI, energy, transport and packaging. Like any business, there is a limit to how much cost to manufacture can be absorbed by this business. We are confident that our prices remain competitive within our sector for the quality and the convenience of the end-to-end service that we provide. However we are constantly monitoring our operating costs against the random increases levied on our business which may mean further price increases over time.

Once again we would like to thank you for your continued interest and support of our small business. Please contact us if you have any questions about the new prices

Due to an increase in our business activities, we are expanding our dyeing services and welcome new expressions of interest from individuals or commercial organisations, particularly with textiles industry and dyeing experience, to operate our dye plant facility based in Launceston, Cornwall. Working alongside our manufacturing activities on an ongoing basis the benefits include a supply of contract work from our core business. For further information and to discuss further please contact us via email: enquiries@thenaturalfibre.co.uk
 
 
 

 

 

We have recently signed up to become a member of the newly created Green Maker Initiative pledging to monitor, manage and reduce our impact on the environment. We will do this in a number of ways including continuing to recycle/reuse/sell on our waste materials from our processing systems at the mill.  These include: Card waste (great for hand spinning/stuffing)/Worsted waste/tops (can be used for finger crochet/hand spinning)/Noil waste (can be used as padding for dog beds and other stuffing jobs)/Hard waste (small bits of spun yarn) and Bobbin waste (for stuffing or craft based activities). We make a nominal charge for these materials plus post and packaging costs, unless you are able to collect from us (this must be arranged in advance). 

We have donated a surplus of waste materials to support the Green Maker Initiative's Materials Exchange launch event held in February at the MAKE Southwest Riverside Mill in Bovey Tracey. The Green Maker Initiative has been created by MAKE Southwest and the ERDF funded Low Carbon Devon project at University of Plymouth.  You can find out more about the project here.

Our list of available waste materials to purchase for your own products or projects can be found on this page.

 

We are committed to caring for the environment and reducing our carbon footprint. We are working with Paul Gilbert and SWMAS to do this and have signed up to their Make it Net Zero Programme, which is providing support including facilitating a bespoke Action Plan to achieve our Net Zet goals. 

In February we were delighted to receive the Future Net Zero accreditation.  You can find out more about this fantastic initiative by visiting their website here

 

 

 

It's awards season and we have more great news to share and celebrate! This time we have been awarded 'Best Wool Products Manufacturing SME 2021' in the SME News British Made Awards programme. 

'SME News designed the British Made Awards programme in order to recognise British manufacturers who have remained resilient and persevered despite the turbulences that have followed since Brexit and now with Covid-19. The Awards programme is dedicated to award those manufacturing firms and businesses who have shown consistence while striving for innovation and outstanding quality in their products'. You can read more about the SME News awards here

We've been shortlisted for yet another award. This time it's the Cornwall Manufacturing Group and we're in the Small/Medium Manufacturer of the Year category. We're thrilled of course! 

The awards ceremony will take place at the Eden Project on the evening of 4th November and we can't wait to celebrate alongside other members of the CMG and those from the manufacturing industry. Keep your fingers crossed for us and we hope to have more news on the outcome soon. 

The CMG has existed since 2012 with members from different sectors of local manufacturing from agricultural machinery to medical and engineering. Membership is on an invitation basis , and the purpose of the group is to provide a means of exchange of knowledge with information relating to manufacturing in Cornwall.

You can find out more about them by visiting their website here.

  

 

 

We are thrilled to have been awarded Highly Commended in the Manufacturing Matters category of the Make UK Manufacturing Awards 2021, announced at the Regional Dinner held in Swindon in October.

MAKE UK, the Manufacturers' Organisation champions and stimulates success for British manufacturing businesses and inspires the next generation of manufacturers. You can find out more here.

We were delighted that UKFT, the largest network for fashion and textiles companies in the UK recently chose our carding engineer, James Mcqueen for their monthly Manufacturing Hero feature recently.  James oversees the production process in our mill and has gained vast experience and knowledge since joining the textile industry at the age of 17. You can read the full article and find out more about James here.  

 

 

 

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