Sweater Weather | V12.
Did you know there is a sustainable, natural fiber that’s just as soft as cashmere, if not softer? We did. That’s why we’ve been making our sweaters with Baby Alpaca for years. Here’s a closer look at why it remains our sweater fabric of choice.
Cashmere goats destroy the terrain through overgrazing while alpacas do not. The overgrazing then causes damage to the land (it's called desertification), making it so that nothing can grow. Overgrazed land releases carbon into the environment causing less rain to fall in the region, thus perpetuating the desertification process. Alpacas, on the other hand, actually replenish the land when they graze. They don’t overgraze and their droppings act as a fertilizer to keep their land healthy and happy. They also produce more fluff. A single alpaca can yield enough wool to make about four sweaters in one year, while it takes five goats an entire year to produce enough cashmere for one sweater. To put it simply, fewer alpacas do less environmental damage and produce a better result. Win. Win.
IT'S PART OF PERU'S CULTURAL HERITAGE.
The indigenous people of the Andes have been caring for alpacas for thousands years and by choosing Peruvian Baby Alpaca we are further preserving a tradition that provides income to many artisans and helping the local economy of indigenous people. When buying alpaca, make sure that it is made in Peru so that you know your dollars are supporting the local economies there. Our sources work directly with communities in Peru to provide opportunity and ensure that quality and ethical standards are met. Alpacas are never harmed during the shearing process (which happens once a year), and in fact they depend on their human caretakers to shear them every year to ensure that they do not overheat during the summer months.
Alpaca wool has a hollow core which essentially traps air inside. This makes it breathable and also provides great insulation. It warms up quickly and stays warm longer (which is exactly what you want in a sweater).
IT WEARS WELL.
Alpaca fibers are soft, hypoallergenic (less itchy), and more durable than cashmere. And it’s so easy to care for. We recommend using an environmentally friendly dry cleaner to handle your Baby Alpaca sweaters, but you can also wash them by hand. (Never submerge in water entirely.) Add a small amount of delicate detergent into a water basin with cold water. Gently wash your garment and quickly rinse with cold water, until no longer soapy. Allow to air dry on a flat surface.
It’s time to get a better sweater and Baby Alpaca meets all of our requirements. If you like luxury fabrics and shopping consciously you’ll be obsessed too.