Wool Dryer balls are a huge thing right now because not only are they all natural, toxic free options for your laundry they are also more Eco-friendly than the traditional plastic dryer sheets. But something that I have some across on social media, is vegans who refuse to use wool dryer balls because it is an animal product.
Y’all are dumb. Sheep NEED to be sheared at least once a year. If a sheep is not sheared it is far too much weight for it’s body to carry, the wool gets matted, the animal can overheat and it causes a horrible amount of trauma and stress for the animal; it is far worse to leave a sheep unsheared. As long as you are buying wool products that are ethically sourced, cruelty free and humanely sheared, it shouldn’t go against your beliefs as a vegan. So today I am going to share two companies with wool dryer balls that are made with wool out of New Zealand, where their laws basically prohibit them from causing any harm while sourcing the material.
This is a blurb about wool from New Zealand from the first site I will share, Friendsheep.
“Unlike in Australia and China, in New Zealand farmers operate under a range of regulations that ensure very high standards of environmental protection, sustainability, animal welfare and social responsibility. New Zealand’s climate is mild and sheep graze free-range in open pasture all year round. There is no fly strike, and mulesing is not practiced. Livestock exportation from New Zealand is prohibited, and this prevents the practice of horror trips on cargo ships around the world. New Zealand also leads the world in shearing technique and ability. Sheep grow wool continuously and need to be sheared once a year to better allow lambing and avoid them becoming uncomfortable, stressed, and eventually ill. Highly skilled craftsmen ensure that shearing is quick and pain-free to cause minimal stress on the animal. Our farmers believe that well-treated sheep live a happier life and will grow better wool, so they make sure their flocks are well looked after.”
Friendsheep offers a huge selection of wool dryer balls and pet products that are ethically sourced, Eco-friendly and they use recycled material for their packaging.
- Naturally softens and fluffs your laundry while helping you reduce drying time
- Completely chemical free, unscented, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic
- Reusable up to 1000+ loads
- Reduces wrinkles and static cling
- Hand made of 100% organic New Zealand wool.
- Individually hand felted in Nepal for fair wages in ethical and environmentally friendly working conditions.
- Biodegradable product in a completely recyclable packaging
A pack of 6 dryer balls costs $32.00 USD. This is a great option for Americans, they offer free shipping on purchases over $50; it’s actually pretty expensive for Canadians to pay shipping with this company. Visit their website to order from Friendsheep.
Saje Wellness is the best option for Canadians. Saje offers dryer balls that are made with wool from New Zealand and they are made in Nepal where workers are paid fair wages so basically the same scenario as Friendsheep. You get fewer dryer balls in a pack but it is much easier for Canadians to get. Saje has a package with three dryer balls and it also includes an essential oil blend to add to your dryer balls, cost is $24.95 CAD. Saje’s dryer balls will also reduce static and drying time while softening your laundry without harmful chemicals.
These are two of the best options I’ve found but there are other options, just do the research and purchase wool dryer balls from companies that ethically source their wool out of New Zealand. Don’t be ignorant when it comes to what is actually harmful to the animals.