Despite what you may think, not all hoodies are created equal. When it comes to the ‘Working From Home’ uniform, there is a better class of loungewear and it starts from day one. From the moment the production process begins, slow-fashion label Sheep Inc. puts its consideration into regeneration and revitalisation. Zero-emission, zero-harm and zero-waste, the brand’s new hoodie is comfortable in more ways than one.
Pulled from Sheep Inc.’s Endless Tide Collection, the 005 Hoodie is premium loungewear in every sense of the word. The outerwear is made from ultra-soft, ultra-durable Eternity X-Care Merino wool that has been sourced from regenerative farms in New Zealand. In keeping with the sustainability focus, the next step sees the product knitted using solar-powered Wholegarment technology, powered by 100% renewable energy at Südwolle Yarn Mills in the EU. What you’re left with is a weighty hoodie that feels lush to the touch and better on the mind.
But most interesting of all, every hoodie comes with a free sheep. Yep, that’s not a typo. When you purchase The 005 Hoodie, Sheep Inc. throws in an adoptive sheep, which through on-farm sheep tracking technology, keeps you up to date on its general life events – from its whereabouts, to when it’s been shorn, to when it’s had lambs. When you first receive the sweater, simply tap the NFC tag in the hem with your phone, and you will be allocated a sheep from the same farm your knitwear’s wool is from.
“Why do we include a sheep? To bring you back in touch with the story and impact behind the clothes we wear,” Sheep Inc. wrote. “To remind you that every piece of clothing started somewhere. In our case, the journey started on four legs in New Zealand’s High Country.”
Best of all, each garment is fully traceable through Sheep Inc.’s proprietary supply chain tracking technology. You can get a full breakdown of its journey and impact through the contrast colour NFC tag, which ensures The Hoodie remains 100% biodegradable, with a negative carbon footprint of 6.84kg. You can follow the full journey of your sweater, from the farm that provided the wool, to the person who hand-finished it.
“Our knitwear is designed and crafted to last – with a little bit of care, it should remain a permanent part of your wardrobe for many generations to come,” Sheep Inc. said.
The Sheep Inc. 005 Hoodie is priced at AUD$254 and made from 100% recycled cotton. It also comes in a brushed cotton storage bag to protect it when it’s not in use.