#119 Sustainability and Business Strategy Go Hand in Hand – Ian Whiteford from Alex Begg

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Ian Whiteford is responsible for Sustainability and Compliance at the Scottish weaving company Alex Begg. In this interview, Ian Whiteford shares insights about how the company started implementing its sustainability strategy and the lessons learned on the way.

 

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Alex Begg Website

Alex Begg Instagram Account

Retail Beggxco Website

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#118 How to know if a sheep is happy – Pam and Andre Christie-Smith

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Pam and Andre Christie-Smith farm in 6th generation on their sheep farm Kleiheuwel Trust in South Africa. In this episode, they share insights into their everyday farm life of running a sustainable and animal welfare-friendly farm. They explain how they know if their sheep are happy through good shepherding and by looking at the numbers.

 

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Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/kleiheuwel_trust_/

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#117 The Value of Improving Sheep Genetics – Mark Ferguson

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Mark Ferguson is an Agricultural Geneticist specialised in sheep and other natural fibre animal breeds. Mark helps wool growers improve their flocks through genetics at his company NeXtGenAgri. Mark is also the host of the Head Shepherd podcast. On this show, Mark and Elisabeth talk sheep genetics and the importance of telling the wool story.

 

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NeXtGenAgri – https://www.nextgenagri.com/

Head Shepherd Podcast with Mark – https://www.nextgenagri.com/head-shepherd-podcast

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#116 Custodian of land and animals – Richard Daugherty

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Richard Daugherty is a South African wool grower based in Australia. He and his wife Sarah and their two children farm sheep and cattle on Balala Station west of Uralla since 2011.

Richard is highly committed to regenerative farming and ensuring high animal welfare standards. In this episode, Richard shares his story of starting to farm merino sheep and provides insights into different aspects of his sustainable sheep farming practices.

This episode is recorded in partnership with The Schneider Group and their Authentico Integrity Scheme.

More information about the Authentico can be found here: https://www.gschneider.com/authentico/

 

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Balala Station website: https://www.balala.com.au/

 

Episodes mentioned

Ralf Kunert from Naturamus about Organic Lanolin: Episode 105

Giovanni and Marco Schneider from The Schneider Group: Episode 80

Willy Gallia from Fuhrmann part of The Schneider Group: Episode 45

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#115 How Merino Sheep can Thrive in Europe – Lesley Prior

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Lesley Prior successfully breeds merino sheep on her farm near Devon in the UK. Something many sheep farmers never thought possible. In this Wool Academy Podcast interview, Lesley shares her vision of creating a large merino sheep flock in Europe and gives insights into her Tellenby Merino Sheep breeding business.

 

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Tellenby Merino website: https://www.tellenbymerino.com/

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#114 It is not over until it is over – Wool Textile Recycling

In this Wool Academy Podcast episode, wool textile recycling expert Dr. John Parkinson shares the story of why he started his new wool textile recycling business Iinouiio which stands for It is not over until it is over. Looking back at a life long experience in the textile recycling industry, Dr John Parkinson shares insights into the trade.

 

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Iinouiio website: https://www.iinouiio.com/

 

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#113 How to develop coarse wool product applications

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In this Wool Academy Podcast episode, Sustainability Wool Industry Expert and Journalist Tone Skårdal Tobiasson shares insights into the different wool research projects she helped develop and coordinate successfully in Norway. The common thread of these Norwegian wool projects is the goal to identify and develop product applications for coarse wool while also working towards a more sustainable textile industry.

 

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Background Season 2

After being on a break for around 1,5 years, the Wool Academy Podcast is back with its Season 2 episodes. The focus of the podcast remains the same – learning from wool industry experts and telling the beautiful stories wool has to tell. However, a few things have also changed as well. In January 2020, I joined an Albanian Wool Trading Company called Flock Wool. In many of the season 2 episodes, you will, therefore, be invited to join the Flock Wool journey as we learn how to start and develop a little wool trading company in Albania. You will be hearing discussions between Evan Thomsen and myself as we discuss different aspects of the Flock Wool business. On this journey, I will also speak to other people in the industry trying to set up similar ventures. One more new feature, all interviews are recorded by video, so you can now not only listen on the go as usual but also watch if you feel like it. I hope you enjoy season 2 of the Wool Academy Podcast.

About Flock Wool

Founded in 2019, Flock Wool Trading Company is an international wool export company headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, USA, with an operational HQ in southern Albania. The Flock Wool team is located in Albania, Germany, and the US in order to best serve its customers. All of the company’s wool is 100% sourced from Albania.

Website: https://flockwool.com/

How to connect with Tone Skårdal Tobiasson

Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion

Fibershed

Podcast with Rebecca Burgess from Fibershed

Podcast episode with Tone in 2016

Krus Facebook Group

LinkedIn Profile from Tone

 

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#112 When Wool Prices Collapse

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The Covid-19 pandemic has lead to a strong decrease of coarse wool prices. What does that mean for the little Flock Wool Trading Company who just collected its first container of Albanian wool ready for sale? CEO of Flock Wool, Evan Thomsen, and CMO Elisabeth van Delden talk openly about the devastating situation the pandemic has put the start-up into.

 

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Background Season 2

After being on a break for around 1,5 years, the Wool Academy Podcast is back with its Season 2 episodes. The focus of the podcast remains the same – learning from wool industry experts and telling the beautiful stories wool has to tell. However, a few things have also changed as well. In January 2020, I joined an Albanian Wool Trading Company called Flock Wool. In many of the season 2 episodes, you will, therefore, be invited to join the Flock Wool journey as we learn how to start and develop a little wool trading company in Albania. You will be hearing discussions between Evan Thomsen and myself as we discuss different aspects of the Flock Wool business. On this journey, I will also speak to other people in the industry trying to set up similar ventures. One more new feature, all interviews are recorded by video, so you can now not only listen on the go as usual but also watch if you feel like it. I hope you enjoy season 2 of the Wool Academy Podcast.

About Flock Wool

Founded in 2019, Flock Wool Trading Company is an international wool export company headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, USA, with an operational HQ in southern Albania. The Flock Wool team is located in Albania, Germany, and the US in order to best serve its customers. All of the company’s wool is 100% sourced from Albania.

 

How to connect with Evan Thomsen

Website: https://flockwool.com/

 

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#111 Lean methodologies and the minimum viable product – our approach to starting Flock Wool

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In this video, you can listen to Evan Thomsen and Elisabeth van Delden from Flock Wool talk about how they applied the lean methodologies and the concept of a minimum viable product to their wool trading business Flock Wool based out of Albanian.

 

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Background Season 2

After being on a break for around 1,5 years, the Wool Academy Podcast is back with its Season 2 episodes. The focus of the podcast remains the same – learning from wool industry experts and telling the beautiful stories wool has to tell. However, a few things have also changed as well. In January 2020, I joined an Albanian Wool Trading Company called Flock Wool. In many of the season 2 episodes, you will, therefore, be invited to join the Flock Wool journey as we learn how to start and develop a little wool trading company in Albania. You will be hearing discussions between Evan Thomsen and myself as we discuss different aspects of the Flock Wool business. On this journey, I will also speak to other people in the industry trying to set up similar ventures. One more new feature, all interviews are recorded by video, so you can now not only listen on the go as usual but also watch if you feel like it. I hope you enjoy season 2 of the Wool Academy Podcast.

About Flock Wool

Founded in 2019, Flock Wool Trading Company is an international wool export company headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, USA, with an operational HQ in southern Albania. The Flock Wool team is located in Albania, Germany, and the US in order to best serve its customers. All of the company’s wool is 100% sourced from Albania.

 

How to connect with Evan Thomsen

Website: https://flockwool.com/

 

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#110 First Wool Collection

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In this Wool Academy Podcast Episode, you will learn how the Flock Wool Team collected its first container of Albanian wool. Evan Thomsen, CEO of Flock Wool and Elisabeth van Delden discuss the events as and how they happened.

 

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Background Season 2

After being on a break for around 1,5 years, the Wool Academy Podcast is back with its Season 2 episodes. The focus of the podcast remains the same – learning from wool industry experts and telling the beautiful stories wool has to tell. However, a few things have also changed as well. In January 2020, I joined an Albanian Wool Trading Company called Flock Wool. In many of the season 2 episodes, you will, therefore, be invited to join the Flock Wool journey as we learn how to start and develop a little wool trading company in Albania. You will be hearing discussions between Evan Thomsen and myself as we discuss different aspects of the Flock Wool business. On this journey, I will also speak to other people in the industry trying to set up similar ventures. One more new feature, all interviews are recorded by video, so you can now not only listen on the go as usual but also watch if you feel like it. I hope you enjoy season 2 of the Wool Academy Podcast.

About Flock Wool

Founded in 2019, Flock Wool Trading Company is an international wool export company headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, USA, with an operational HQ in southern Albania. The Flock Wool team is located in Albania, Germany, and the US in order to best serve its customers. All of the company’s wool is 100% sourced from Albania.

 

How to connect with Evan Thomsen

Website: https://flockwool.com/

 

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