Schoppel wool enchants us in the truest sense of the word with its high-quality yarns in an almost endless variety of materials, colors, color combinations and color gradients. Everyone knows the famous and popular magic balls, which come in pure new wool, in the classic sock yarn mix of new wool and acrylic and cotton from ecological European cultivation. But the magic balls are only part of the beautiful Schoppel yarns. Magic wool, magic flower, cashmere magic, cashmere queen and alpaca queen, gradient, reggae and many more delight us with flattering material and dreamy colors.
Schoppel produces with the awareness of a common world and a common future. The raw materials for the production of Schoppel yarns have a short supply chain and thus guarantee clear traceability to the origin. The knitting yarns are produced exclusively in Europe under environmentally and socially acceptable conditions during the entire production process.
Various types of wool are used to produce Schoppel yarns. The individual types differ in the fiber thickness of the merino wool. Coarser fibers are more resilient, finer fibers are less scratchy, but more expensive. The fiber thickness is measured in Mircon.
There is the following classification:
Merino wool from Patagonia is used exclusively for Schoppel products made from merino wool. The southern part of Patagonia cannot be used for agriculture due to the downwinds and is only suitable for keeping sheep. Sheep cannot be kept in factory farming, but rather serve the cultivation of rural areas. In Patagonia, the sheep are rarely affected by insect infestation and therefore do not have to be treated with pesticides, and mulesing, which is painful for the animals, is not known there and is not used. The sheep live there freely and close to nature. They are only caught twice a year for clipping and health checks.
For cotton yarns, Schoppel uses “Supreme Green Cotton”, which corresponds to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and therefore the highest product class I, which is also suitable for baby clothing. But Schoppel cotton offers even more: it also meets the criteria for the STeP (Sustainable Textile Production) label and Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®. This means that the cotton is environmentally friendly and was produced using resources efficiently and under socially acceptable conditions. Supreme Green Cotton is tested for harmful substances and has a longer lifespan due to its high quality.
For the yarns Albmerino and Alb Lino, Schoppel uses biosphere wool from the Swabian Alb. This wool is obtained from 2,500 sheep from the Stotz traveling sheep farm in the Swabian Alb biosphere area. Their special properties are high resilience and a comfortable fit.
The organic merinos are made from merino wool from Patagonia and linen from French cultivation. The Schoppel production facility in Wallhausen is GOTS certified and thus fulfills the strict requirements for the seal throughout the production chain.
The numerous sock yarns make up a large part of the Schoppel product range. The classic sock yarn contains 25% polyamide for the durability and durability of the socks with regular use. Since 2019, Schoppel has been using environmentally friendly and biodegradable polyamide that is manufactured using the Amni Soul Eco® technology. At the end of its life cycle, this polyamide can rapidly decompose by making it easier for bacteria to access and break down waste materials, thereby accelerating the biological breakdown process. The fiber is broken down in around five years by the natural processes of the earth, but still retains the advantages such as tear resistance. Because the degradation process does not take place in daily use.