Over the last few years, environmentalism has taken center stage in the business world. The terms “eco-friendly” and “green” are commonly used buzz words intended to parlay the idea of inflicting little to no harm on the environment. However, many companies have found that actually going “green” isn’t as easy as it sounds. This is not the case for Zitron. You are no doubt familiar with Zitron’s luscious yarns, but you may not be as familiar with Zitron’s manufacturing ethics.
Zitron began the shift to “green” long before it was a trend. Their processing leaves virtually no carbon footprints, and all of their yarns are manufactured from start to finish in Germany – a country with one of the highest ecological standards in the world. They rigorously test their wool and wool/nylon blends for harmful substances and residues, of which none can be found. We are proud to announce that this line of yarns boasts the highest rating possible from Oeko-Tex (a European Textile company that tests yarns for authenticity of various natures). Thus, all of their fibers have been approved for use by children. There are no chemical residuals remaining after the production and dying process – thus if a child chews on it, there are no problems!
Zitron yarns such as Nimbus, Nimbus Color, Gobi, Lifestyle, Ecco, Trekking, Unikat, Loft, Turmalin, Cambio (which uses no dye whatsoever) all qualify for the Oeko-Tex label. While Filou, Polo, Kokon and a few other do not, these yarns are still manufactured in plants that leave virtually no carbon footprints, and are still considered “green”.
Numerous knitting/crochet publications are realizing the benefits of earth-friendly fibers, and turning to Zitron yarns for their “green” background and fabulous feel. In fact, you will see Zitron yarns being used in Creative Knitting, Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knit1, Knit ‘n Style, Knit Simple, Knit Scene, Knitter’s Magazine, Verena, and Vogue Knitting! Designers and authors such as Vickie Howell and Cat Bordhi sing the praises of Zitron yarns. In fact, Cat makes use of Zitron’s Trekking XXL sock yarns in all of her books to date, and Vickie has just released a wonderful book entitled AwareKnits, which uses Zitron’s Nimbus (a yarn that she notes is “one of [her] all-time faves”).
If you haven’t had the opportunity to knit with a Zitron yarn, I would highly suggest giving it a try! You’ll be glad you did!