Filges founded their family enterprise in Germany in 1985. In the beginning, they only ran a small manual spinning plant and their wool combing works. Then they added their plant colour dyeing mill. The principles that rule their personal life also apply in the manufactoring and distribution of their products: They want to use and to produce sustainable, ecological and emission-free products. Filges is a Bioland-certified manufacturer of sheep wool since 1995. Since 2015 they are a member of the IVN (Internationaler Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft, International Association of Natural Textiles). Filges‘ wool comes exclusively from sheeps raised in certified organic animal husbandry in Germany. Filges specializes in the manufacture of organic wool and silk dyed with vegetable dyes. For mordants they use alum and tartar. They still use traditional, artisanal processes. The wool is very durable without the use of chemicals. The team is just five enthusiastic employees, and we are proud to have them as preferred suppliers.
Wollmanufaktur Filges sees itself as an active part of a community shaped by the mutual respect of its members. Filges‘ intent is to act in an environmentally sustainable manner in order to preserve natural resources, avoid harmful effects upon nature and mankind and promote biodiversity. In order to make these goals traceable for consumers, their company is Bioland-certified since 1996. Bioland is a German agricultural association founded in 1971. They are a part of the Association of Organic Food and these farms are based on circular economy and work with nitrogen fertilizers not of synthetic origin. Animals are kept in a very humane way. The Bioland guidelines are more stringent than the already strict environmental and animal-friendly EU Organic Regulations.
Filges not only designs their products to be natural and unharmful to one's health, but they also want them to be valuable in a social sense.
If possible, raw materials used during production come from Germany. Filges reduces unnecessary climate-damaging transports where they can in the sourcing and productions stages.
Filges supports transparent and ethical working conditions.