Black Yak Ltd
Here at Black Yak we are proud to bring you high quality, handmade and fairtrade clothing and accessories together with an exceptional, friendly and personal service.
Designed in Britain and Nepal, handmade in Kathmandu, the Kathmandu valley and local villages.
Our ethos is to sell honestly and fairly, with products designed and produced with respect for our environment.
AddressMiddleton on the Wolds
What can you say about a wool jumper? Start with a square (comfortable) shape, add drop shoulders (comfortable), plus rolled neckline (not too high, not too low), rolled cuffs (easy to alter for those ...
Black Yak wool jackets are a premium product made from only high quality pure new sheep's wool with a micro fleece lining to keep even the coldest blood warm and tickle free. Jackets feature either s ...
Black Yak has the most amazingly wonderful hats. The majority hand knitted on knitting needles, using only the best quality sheep's wool - like they should be. They are half lined with micro fleece to ...
Our gloves, mittens, mitts and wristwarmers are all hand made using high quality, pure new sheep's wool and safe dyes. The addition of full fleece lining for mittens and wristwarmers, with mitts and g ...
Fun with style. The perfect beanies for youngsters who find winter fun. Half micro fleece lined to prevent tickle and give the best fit possible. To fit up to 54 cm. 100% pure new wool. Machine washes ...
Sustainability Role in overall company's strategic plansWe began with wool and continued from there. Being of an age when you wore the jumpers and hats that your mum knit for you (including the hand-me-downs from your brother) because you did/could not waste. The values you grow up with tend to stick and we carried on from there.Sustainability initiativesWe try to keep our wastage as low as possible. Producing an item sustainably is great, but not so good if you end up throwing a proportion away. We obviously have wool scraps that are returned when each hat is knit, you can add the wool back into the process but the short fibres affect the quality of the wool and can, if added repeatedly make the quality so poor that manmade fibres need to be added for strength - which for us defeats the object - so our oddments are used for patchwork items or for felt making. We don't like to waste.Pledges for the yearKeep on trying. Rules change, people move, natural disasters happen, we will do our best whenever and however we can.Sustainable Products.Social equity at your companyOur ethos is to buy only honestly, fairly and ethically produced goods from our producer partners, with whom we work closely to ensure that they earn an honest wage, not just in the busy times but throughout the whole year, that they have safe and pleasant working conditions and that they are able to look forward to a better future. We are members of BAFTS as a Fairtrade importer and retailer.Certified sustainable products by third partyPackagingWe are in the process of making our packaging plastic freeBoxed deliveries are sent out in cardboard boxes with a re used plastic inner (the British weather). Each item inside is hand cleaned and checked, ready for immediate display on the shop floor. If a customer wishes to have further packaging just give us a call and we will try to accommodate.MaterialsOur main product wool, by its very nature is sustainable. We also use wood, bone, nut kernals and horn for our buttons and toggles.Ethical ConsiderationsFair wages are paid to the people who make our productsOur products are made by people employed in good working conditionsWe challenge our suppliers to report any ethical issues they identifyWe have an ethical policyWithin the workplace where our products are made there is commitment to Non-Discrimination Gender Equality and Freedom of AssociationWe also have a fund that in normal times provides education and medical help. Anyone who works with us can come and ask for help with personal circumstances - housing - travel etc., we will do our best to help. Over the last few years we have helped in the rebuilding of villages destroyed by the earthquakes, supplying emergency bedding, food, personal washing items, blankets etc. At the moment we are again keeping families going through Covid - no NHS here. We would not be prepared to work in bad conditions so why would we expect anyone else to.Enviromental ImpactWe consider the environmental impact when creating our products