The product development of Ryzon has chosen merino wool for the material of the winter beanies. The Merino Beanie and the Merino Fine Beanie from our Recharged Aura Series are manufactured in a knitting mill that traces its roots to the 1920s in Germany and is now run by the fourth generation. The current company location in North Rhine-Westphalia, managed by the great-grandson of the founder, has specialized in various processing methods of yarns and has constantly expanded the repertoire of processing techniques.
We select our producers on the basis of certain criteria and aspects. Close cooperation in order to be able to track the processes is essential for us as a vertical company. In addition, the combination of quality and fair working conditions is very important to us. The production facility where we have our caps manufactured combines all criteria that are of great importance to us.
Natural Temperature Control
Merino wool is a natural product that comes from merino sheep. The special feature of merino wool compared to other types of wool is the spiral structure of the wool fiber. The spirals create hollow spaces that allow air to circulate. This property serves as optimal insulation and heat regulation. In addition, it has a high breathability, which on the one hand guarantees the temperature balance and perfects the moisture management. The moisture produced by the body is absorbed and transported to the outside of the material so that it can dry. This prevents an unpleasant, clammy feeling on the skin. In addition, merino wool has an antibacterial effect and is odor-repellent. These properties make our caps a perfect companion on cold days.
Due to the ever-increasing demand for wool, more and more wool is needed. In order to get the required amount of wool, the wool of several sheep is not used, but the same number of sheep is bred up in such a way that their skin surface is larger than that of normal sheep because of wrinkles. Due to the wrinkled skin, especially on the hindquarters, dirt and excreta collect. The added body heat, combined with mild to hot outside temperatures, provides an ideal nesting site for flies to lay their eggs in these areas. The hatched maggots eat their way through the sheep's tissues until inflammation occurs, often leading to death. To prevent this, mulesing was introduced. In this process, the fold of skin on the hindquarters of the lambs is cut away to prevent the flies from settling in. No anaesthetic, no aftercare. The wound is neither bandaged nor sealed. What at first sounds like an improvement, turns out to be absolute cruelty to animals.
We are firmly opposed to this treatment of the sheep. We want to stand up against it and draw attention to the torturous procedure. The merino wool we use comes from sheep that are kept mulesing-free. This means that these sheep are not overbred and do not have extreme skin folds. In addition, vaccinating the animals can prevent the flies from settling in. The market for mulesing-free wool is still very small at the moment. But the more carefully we, as consumers, choose products and only buy mulesing-free wool, the sooner this cruelty to animals can come to an end.