At the Connemara Sheep & Wool Centre, we know the importance of sustainability and protecting the planet for the next generation. Eco-friendly & sustainable fashion has become more and more an important topic in our everyday lives. In 2020, 57% of European shoppers agreed that they had made significant changes to their lifestyles to lessen their environmental impact and more than 60% go out of their way to recycle and purchase products in environmentally friendly packaging in recent years.
Wool is the future of sustainable fashion as the fleece on a sheep grows every year and needs to be shorn to keep the sheep cooler in the summer months. It is 100% natural, 100% biodegradable and the fabric are breathable and non-allergenic. Wool uses 18% less energy than polyester and nearly 70% less water than other natural fibre to produce 100 sweaters, it is also the most reused and recycled fibre.
We’ve put together an eco-friendly shopping guide to help you pick the perfect gift for your loved ones while being environmentally friendly. From clothing made from biodegradable wool to handcrafted gifts there's something for everyone in the Connemara Sheep & Wool gift shop!
Get cosy in some Aran knitwear with this super soft merino wool poncho that shows off the best of Irish cables and stitches in this contemporary style.
Aran Woollen Mills is Ireland's largest home-based knitwear manufacturer offering the very best in both traditional and contemporary knitwear.
This beautiful Aran wool cable pattern comes in white or oatmeal. These hats look great and offer a contemporary twist to traditional Aran knitting patterns.
Erin knitwear is a family-run Irish company established in 1964 in Co. Cork.
The colours and texture of this wool scarf are inspired by the natural beauty of the Skellig Islands.
Muckross Handweavers has been producing quality woven products for over 20 years situated in Killarney Co. Kerry.
These gorgeous, colourful, and funky earrings are perfect to brighten up any outfit.
Amelie Gagne is a Canadian-born talented artist currently residing in Killarney.
These women's slippers from Aran Woolen Mills are soft warm and comfortable. These fleece lined slippers feauture an anti slip sole suitable for all indoor flooring which makes this slippers a very popular choice!
This warm and stylish contemporary men's Irish wool sweater is made from 100% pure new wool.
Irelands Eye knitwear is a family-run company making knitwear for over 30 years. Inspired by the Irish landscape and the colours of nature, they combine a traditional Irish knitwear heritage with their own unique twist.
Men's Lambswool Scarf
This traditional 100% lambswool suit scarf will add style and comfort against the cold.
Foxford Woolen Mills was first established by the Sisters of Charity in 1892. Since then in the charge of various entrepreneurs the Mills have producing quality products for generations.
This Trinity-style tweed knitted wool cap is made from 100% tweed wool and features a quilted lining making it the perfect hat for cooler conditions while providing added comfort.
Muckross Handweavers has been producing quality woven products for over 20 years.
FOR THE CRAFTER …
This simple and rewarding crochet craft kit comes everything you’ll need, a crochet hook along with a ball of knitting yarn (70% mohair wool / 30% wool).
Cushendale source the finest mohair yarn from Italy and is uniquely hand-dyed in their mill.
Raise a smile with the whimsical designs of Tomas Joseph’s sheep cross stitch crafting pack. The comical illustrations are influenced by the Irish landscape and local farm animals.
FOR THE HOME…
This genuine natural sheepskin rug from Waterford Sheepskins will make a lovely addition to your home. Made from Irish sheep and are 100% made in Ireland, in the country’s only tannery.
Make your home cozy with one of these soft, luxurious, and durable Foxford Irish wool blankets. Foxford Woollen Mills was established in 1892 by the Sisters of Charity, and then under the charge of various entrepreneurs, this Mill has been producing quality wool blankets in Ireland for generations.
Our gift shop is stocked with wool based items from the best knitting wool suppliers in Ireland, from sweaters for women, mens aran jumpers to wool throws and knitting and crochet supplies. Visit one of the best knitting shops in Ireland at the Connemara Sheep & Wool Centre, the perfect destination for buying 100% Irish gifts in Ireland.