Certified carbon neutral, The Knotty Ones have been rated based on their emissions throughout their supply chain, inclusive of transportation, travel and waste from operations, as well as direct and indirect emissions including fuel and electricity consumed at the manufacturing facilities. By working mostly with sole knitters alongside some production factories, most of the processing is done by hand, meaning that there are significantly fewer emissions than a traditional factory.
This knit piece uses mulesing-free merino wool; you can read up on the practices of mulesing sheep and why it shouldn’t be used here. The Knotty Ones have chosen to use wool which is renewable and biodegradable, whilst also being able to stand the test of time for its self-cleaning properties. The full process for each knit is considered to limit its waste; this includes having both handmade production pieces and higher volume items which use ‘fully fashioned’ production. These would involve the piece being individually factory-knitted and then sewn together by hand. The benefit of this is that you can ensure no leftover scraps are made, even when more units are being created.
The Knotty Ones only ever produce as much as needed, with some pieces being on a pre-order model. Packaging is made from corn starch, is 100% recycled, recyclable and compostable. By only using certified home compostable mailing satchels, they can be used twice (they have fitted tapes for second use) before it’s composted for good.
As the majority of The Knotty Ones clothing is made by hand, the tailors don't use any electrical devices and only thread and metallic needles. Water is only used where it is necessary to wash the threads for the final usage. By choosing wool to knit with, it is self-cleaning when in the fresh air, which means that it should be washed rarely. In some stages, a small amount of water is used to steam final product but this is only in rare cases.
On each garment, you'll find the name of the knitter who made your piece. Knotty Ones work with around 70 hand-knitters who work from home in rural Lithuania and two family-run, female-founded partner production factories. Some work full time, others knit around their home life schedule. The Knotty Ones firmly believe in not just providing jobs, but also creating and strengthening communities. Their goal is to provide financial independence for all of their knitters, plus a little more. With men remaining the breadwinners in many parts of rural Lithuania, by encouraging financial independence, they're helping women to have voices in their households and communities.