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.
Keep the het around your feet by wearing these soft, cosy, breathable, lightweight Slippers.
Regular Knitted Hat in 100% Wool with Polyester fleece lining for extra warmth and comfort. Available here in khaki green with a colorful stripe turnup. Ideal on a cold winter’s day, soft to the touch. and very warm and easy to wear. Cap finished with Branded Erin Label on the side.
"The colour in the stripe brightens up this look"
Also available in Navy
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.
Colourful and stylish Stripe Sock.
"These socks are popular as they really good and warm. My Mum and Dad bought from this company's first generation and now I am dealing with their daughters"
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.
Presenting the Thomas Joseph “Hand Wash Only“ cross stitch kit. Whether a beginner or an advanced stitcher, the wacky Thomas Joseph paintings are fun and rewarding to complete.
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.
Throw, crafted from merino lambswool wool and cashmere, finished with a beautiful rolled fringe. The addition of cashmere adds to the softness of these stunning throws, which are very soft, luxurious and durable. The purity and stillness of freshwater mountain springs is reflected in this this contemporary aqua throw. 10% Cashmere and 90% Merino Lambswool.
Size: Approximately 200cm x 145cm