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Sheep get factory tour

Leeds-based textile mill Hainsworth celebrated the second anniversary of its launch of the Natural Legacy range of woollen coffins by hosting two four-legged visitors.

The ovine duo toured the mill as a thank you for all the wool they and their British colleagues have supplied to make the wool coffins a success.

Each coffin is made up of three British fleeces and, from a standing start, sales are now 120 coffins per month in the UK, with new markets emerging in Finland, the
USA, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.

Made using a recycled cardboard frame with strengthened end panels, the coffins have been independently tested to a weight of 60 stone.

With  organic cotton liner and frilling, each coffin is lined with wool wadding covered in a biodegradable polythene waterproof base, fitted cotton frilling and stuffed wool pillow. The coffins’ softness has a strong appeal to women, who account for 74% of those sold.

Hainsworth has been run as a family business since 1783 and is now in its seventh generation.

The coffins have a dedicated website at:

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