The Best of British – 5 Reasons for Choosing a UK Manufacturer

These are several reasons why supporting British manufacturing should be on your list of priorities. As a UK-based yarn manufacturer, we know that our country has a rich history of textile production, and we strive to maintain that legacy with our manufacturing. From reducing carbon footprint to high ethical standards, we believe that our products and processes are unmatched in the industry and part of that is down to where we are based. Here at Laxtons, we take pride in producing some of the highest quality worsted and fancy yarns, made right here in the United Kingdom, so read on to discover why our British-made yarn is the best choice for your business.

1. Reduced Carbon Footprint

Caring for the environment has always been important but it’s certainly much more prominent now. According to data published by NASA, CO2 is currently at its highest level, as human activity has raised the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content by 50% in less than two hundred years. When buying from a UK manufacturer, logistically, the product doesn’t have to travel as far, which means you are decreasing the amount of fuel that is released into the environment. This is because the journey from the manufacturer to your business is much shorter. Our mission is to bring you a fully traceable yarn that guarantees fair pay to farmers, ensuring the welfare of their animals whilst supporting the sustainability of the British farming industry with Wooltrace. Wooltrace is a service that allows you to track the journey that your yarn has made, right back to the farms it came from. Supporting British farmers is at the heart of what we do, and we can do this while working to provide renewable, biodegradable yarn to stop the microplastic pollution of our land and oceans with this service. Currently, fast fashion is responsible for around 10% of global carbon emissions so choosing the greener option is always the best decision, stopping the effects of this from causing serious environmental damage.

2. Greater Quality Control

Producing quality products is our priority. Not only do we take pride in our attention to detail and commitment to excellence, but our yarns must go through rigorous quality control processes by law. The UK has some of the strictest manufacturing laws in the world, so ensuring our products meet certain safety and quality standards is essential. Additionally, UK manufacturers are subject to regular inspections to ensure that they are complying with these laws. By choosing us as your yarn supplier, you can be confident that the product you receive has been produced in a safe and controlled environment.

3. Quicker Turnaround

Choosing a UK-based manufacturer for your yarn needs also has the advantage of quicker turnaround times. One of the main delays in production times is the transportation process. So, cutting down on the distance that your yarn must travel is going to improve the quality of the product. This is because the price paid is going directly towards the manufacturing, rather than transportation costs. The proximity and ease of communication aid the cost and time effectiveness of the production. We can ensure that any questions or concerns are addressed promptly, creating a smoother, more streamlined ordering process.

4. Supporting the Local Economy

Despite avoiding a recession, the UK is now the only country in the G7 with an economy that is smaller than it was before the pandemic. Buying from UK manufacturers will boost the economy and create more job opportunities. By helping us to continue trading from the UK, you help to keep the skilled workforce that has made the country a leader in the textile industry. In addition to the positive impact we have on the environment, we also prioritise hiring local residents, which has the added benefit of reducing travel times and lowering the number of fuel emissions released into the atmosphere. Choose to gain quality products, and support the local economy and the people who make it thrive by selecting us as your yarn and worsted supplier.

5. Higher Ethical Standards

In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards sustainable and ethical living. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact that their buying decisions can have on the environment. Choosing a UK-based yarn manufacturer is a great way to ensure that your business is aligned with these values. This is because UK manufacturers must comply with high ethical standards and follow strict labour laws regarding things such as minimum wage, health and safety, and anti-discrimination. We take these regulations extremely seriously and we are committed to ensuring that our employees are treated fairly and respectfully. By supporting a domestic industry that operates to high ethical and environmental standards, you can have confidence that you are making the right choice for your business, your customers and your planet.

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