We eat over 5 million sheep each year, yet we tan only 60,000 sheepskins.

Millions of sheepskins are destroyed as hazardous waste (This means landfill or incineration).

In the mid 80’s models twirled in nothing but sheepskin bras and belt skirts on BBC 1 on a Sunday evening. By the end of this decade the anti-fur campaign had folks queueing up to burn coats made from multiple big game; leopards, zebra and crocodile skins were destroyed in public demonstrations. The anti-fur campaign was a HUGE success.

Fur farms closed down and the public ditched fur like it was still dripping in blood. Sheepskin sales plummeted.

The campaign devastated the sheepskin industry. We still kill and eat the sheep, we just dump the sheepskin instead of using it. In 2015, in the UK alone, we wasted well over 5 million sheepskins.

Faux fur, which is made from oil, is an attractive looking solution. These unnatural fabrics are more brittle than sheepskin, the polyester family of plastics brake apart leaving microfibers in our air, our water, in the animals and plants we eat, and ultimately in our own bodies. A recent study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found a lorry load of man made fabrics are buried or burned every second.

Of course, all the good qualities of sheepskin only benefit a living sheep. But most sheep will be dead and already eaten in the rare cases where the sheepskin is to be tanned.

Wool doesn’t shed microfibers. Instead, its structure makes it absorbent, yet its hollow fibers are hydrophobic. It wicks moisture away from the skin and can hold upto 30% of its own weight in water. That said, the droplets of water from a great British shower can be shaken out easily.

Find out more at DartmoorSheepskins.co.uk