United States

A century-old mill that rests along the Cannon River in Minnesota, the Faribault Woolen Mill is run by fifth-generation craftspeople. Established in 1865, the company endures as one of the last vertical woolen mills in America, where it continues to use the machinery built in 1892 alongside modern technology to create their woolen products. They have supplied two World Wars with their blankets and continue to support the military even today. While the company took a hit from the recession in 2009 and had to shut down, they were rescued two years later and opened once again, with most of the previous staff rehired. The high quality to their products can be attested to the company’s primary use of wool, which has benefits such as durability, stain resistance, UV protection and more. This approach also points to the company’s sustainability mission, because the wool is recyclable, biodegradable and a renewable resource. The company adds to their sustainability approach by reusing scraps to create functional accessories such as pillows or coffee sleeves, which adds to their title as a low-waste operation. For more information about their wool-making process, click here.  

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