Merino Pullover Women
As a replacement for your microplastic fleece, we knit a highly functional and stylish jumper from organic merino wool and silk in Switzerland.
Looks good, caresses your skin, keeps you warm, doesn't weigh you down and doesn't shed any microplastic thanks to its pure natural fibres.
The ideal companion on the mountain or for a cosy evening with friends.
Sporty, retro and noble - with the knitted ROTAUF pullover you almost always leave a good impression - with the exception of the annual Vegan reunion ;)
High-quality natural fibres form the basis for the sustainable piece of clothing and impress through their extraordinary functionality. Meriono wool does not stink even after prolonged wear and absorbs moisture without feeling wet. The added silk increases the tear resistance and creates a smooth sensation when worn. From a purely functional point of view, this combination is the top solution to banish the stuffy plastic fleece. If only the pilling weren't there - you probably already know the unsightly effect from your fluffy cashmere pullover. Friction creates visible pills. When moisture is added (e.g. due to sweaty activity), more of it is produced. Therefore, our suggestion: Only use your pullover for sports in its second life.
In its first life the precious pullover wants to be cared for and looked after, so that the precious piece remains beautiful as long as possible. If, despite all caution, pills appear, they can be removed with a special comb. The sweater loses its shape when worn (e.g. if you constantly push the sleeves back), but returns to its original shape after being washed. Be careful when it is wet - take it directly out of the machine after washing and let it dry on a towel.
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Compared to our other clothes, the knitted jumper only requires a minimum of manual work. It is produced fully automatically on the knitting machine. It takes about 60 minutes for a jumper to be finished on the machine. However, the machines are very expensive and require extensive maintenance. In addition, time-consuming equipment is required before knitting can begin. At the end the loose threads are fastened and the logos are attached. In summary, all this accounts for 30% of the sales price.
We have not skimped on yarn. We pay just under CHF 50 per kilo of yarn for our high-quality, sustainably dyed wool-silk blend. Twice as much as a normal finished jumper produced in Asia costs. As always, development, storage etc. have to be paid for here as well, so that at the end of the day around a quarter of the sales price remains for customer service and the remaining work at ROTAUF. That' is just about all we need, thanks to the absence of expensive intermediate trade.
TOP in ecological sustainability: 49 out of 50 points. This makes our knitted jumper almost perfect regarding the 3 aspects of ecological sustainability:
1. no hazardous chemicals (29.3/30)
The yarn is dyed according to OEKOTEX and Cradle to Cradle guidelines - no dangerous chemicals are used. Only the labels have yet to be tested.
2nd Closed Loop (9.7/10)
Wool comes from sheep and ""grows"". year after year. Silk is also a natural, renewable raw material that can be 100% decomposed. That way, no non-degradable microplastic parts end up in nature. If your jumper is broken simply remove the labels - you can then compost it and close the cycle.
3. CO2-neutral (10/10)
With the ROTAUF knitted jumper, transport routes and packaging are reduced to a minimum. In addition to the unavoidable transports, the sheep's farts put pressure on the balance. In order to be 100% CO2 neutral, we compensate for all this farting, whether from gut or engine, via Myclimate.
The knitted pullover made of high-quality organic merino wool and finest silk is the ideal thermal 2nd layer. Worn over the top of your baselayer, the pullover warms you up thanks to finest merino wool. The open knitting makes it surprisingly light, small to pack and extremely breathable.
Thanks to the addition of 30% high-quality Chinese silk, the pullover's longevity and tear resistance are increased without using synthetic fibres. This guarantees that the pullover does not release any microplastic parts into the environment.
The pullover is seamlessly knitted as one piece on the flat knitting machine. As a result of the mechanical process, random small stripes appear on the right upper arm. Each pullover gets its own discrete barcode, which makes your pullover unique ;)
- Weight: 280 g (size M)
- highly breathable
- small pack size
- Extended lifespan thanks to use of silk
Composition of the fabric:
- 70% organic merino wool from South America
- 30% silk from China
The jumper achieves 33.9 out of 40 points in social sustainability. The jumper scores points by being knitted in Switzerland. The yarn is also dyed in Switzerland. The laundry labels and the logo are also made in Switzerland.
There is a penalty because the yarn itself is twisted in the west of the Czech Republic and the wool is washed in Austria. We also have room for improvement when it comes to the origin of the raw materials: although the wool is certified organic, it comes from South America. The silk comes from China. Thanks to the almost 5000 year old silk production history of China, the best silk still comes from the Middle Kingdom today.
The History of your Merino Pullover
100% dyed and knitted in Switzerland. With organic merino wool from South America and silk from China. Learn more:
South America - Lake of Constance - Kresice
From the Merino Sheep to the Finished Yarn
For the most part, the organic merino wool for our sweater comes from South America. A smaller part comes from Australia. The South American wool is washed and combed on-site close to the farms. Only then the wool is shipped to our partner Schoeller-Wool in Hard (close to the Swiss border). The Australian wool is firstly shipped to China to be washed and combed before being sent to the Schoeller-Wool site. We are not happy about this fact. We try to receive only South American wool for our clothing from Schoeller-Wool. Unfortunately this is not easy to accomplish. Organic merino wool is extremely rare, only a few farmers around the globe comply with those strict guidelines. To prevent material shortages for our Merino clothing we are obliged to buy Australian wool in addition. Arrived on the company site in Hard, the organic merino wool is finished in a complex process. This step is very important so that the shirt is machine washable and doesn’t need to be hand washed after use. Normally the finishing process uses a lot of chlorine, which is harmful for the employees as well as for the environment. This is for us a no-go. To our knowledge Schoeller-Wool is the only company which has the know-how of finishing without chlorine and undertakes all process steps in Europe.
In a next step, 30% silk is added to enhance the stability of the yarn. We use silk in order not to use oil based fibers which aren’t natural and can’t be composted. After the finishing, the wool is shipped to Kresice in the Czech Republic near the Elb. There the wool-silk-blend is spun to a fine thread. Two of this single threads are then twisted to one thick yarn. Afterwards the yarn is transported to the Swiss company “Johann Müller AG” in Strengelbach for dyeing. At this point the wool has already traveled a long way. So the question can arise, is this still in terms with an organic product? Yes, it is organic. We don’t want that our sheep are prophylactically treated with antibiotics or to be feed with minor quality feed pellets and eventually slaughtered miles and miles away from the farm.
Our organically kept sheep are only treated with antibiotics if an infection could be determined and only fed with grass. At the end of their life they are brought to slaughterhouses near the farm. Organic products are for the protection of animal welfare, so the location of the raw material production is secondary for us. The emitted CO2 from the transport is compensated to 100% with projects from our partner MyClimate. Unfortunately, there is no possibility to receive organic merino wool with the desired quality from farmers in Switzerland or Europe.
dyed in Strengelbach
learn how the yarn is dyed
The yarn is dyed at the historic company Johann Müller AG in Strengelbach (AG). The dye works were founded in 1854 in a farmhouse in Strengelbach. Where the company grew in the following years. In 1899 the company switched from manual dyeing to industrial dyeing and the first steam engine was purchased.
In recent years Johann Müller has specialised more and more in sustainable dyeing. Since 1995 Johann Müller has been able to dye according to the Cradle To Cradle (C2C) guidelines. Materials dyed under these guidelines do not contain any hazardous chemicals and can be composted without problems. In 2002, the company switched to completely renewable energy sources for its energy demands. GOTS certification followed in 2009.
Our yarns are also dyed and finished at Johann Müller according to C2C and GOTS standards. Only harmless chemicals are used in the dyeing process and our products can be composted at the end of their service life - the cycle is closed.
knitted at Herr Urs
learn how your jumper is made in the Trainstation of Turgi
Knitting is done in Aargau. Mr. Urs is young, courageous and knits everything that can be knitted as a one-man business in the former office building of Turgi railway station with enormous commitment, from card game mat to scarf to jumper. Urs originally learned how to design typefaces and advertisements. After various jobs, including truck driver, he began his studies in fashion design & technology in 2009 and discovered his passion for knitting. In 2014 he became self-employed and started knitting everything that fits on his Stoll knitting machines as Herr Urs.
Before launch of the knitted jumper on the market we developed and tested in collabration with herr urs for 2 years. Which yarn meets our ecological requirements, is easy to knit, comfortable to wear and sufficiently robust for use on the mountain and on the sofa? Can the idea of our designers be implemented on the knitting machine? Can we offer the product at the required price despite expensive raw materials? Many requirements came together and were solved thanks to the know-how, inventiveness and patience of Herr Urs over the course of this great cooperation.
In autumn 2018 the Stoll CMS 340 TC ejects the first jumpers under the watchful eyes of Herr Urs. Around 60 minutes and 300 grams of yarn are needed for the knitting. Then the logos and washing labels are sewn on and the jumper is ready.