Snowy Peak Ltd has a long history of innovation in textile fibres and fabrics. History was made when Snowy Peak Ltd knitted the first ever garment using a blend of New Zealand Possum fibre and wool.
Introduced to New Zealand in 1837 from Australia and with no natural predators, the Possum is New Zealand's biggest ecological threat. Possums occupy 95% of New Zealand, with an estimated population of 60 million. They are legally classified as pests. Snowy Peak Ltd's use of Brushtail Possum fibre is endorsed by DOC (Department of Conservation) and WWF (World Wildlife Fund). The use of Brushtail Possum fibre in New Zealand benefits our environment by contributing to a reduction in the use of broadcast poisons and to the effort to protect our native forest and birds.
The Brushtail Possum fibre has a hollow structure, this means the fibre has an extremely high warmth to weight ratio. Air is trapped both within the fibre and in the fabric. When blended with high crimp, fine Merino, it creates a luxuriously soft, lightweight and very warm garment. The fibre has no scales so resists pilling and has outstanding durability and excellent performance characteristics.
All Snowy Peak Ltd garments made from Possum carry an assurance of quality from forest to finished garment, and a guarantee of essential fibre selection and processing controls.
Super Fine Machine Washable Merino
Developed for the Untouched World™ brand, Mountainsilk™ Merino has been an incredible success story. Mountainsilk™ is renowned for its ability to perform in summer and winter, in fashion and performance sportswear. It is incredibly soft, does not itch, is very comfortable as it naturally regulates your temperature and is incredibly easy to look after because it's machine washable. Not to mention it's great for the environment!
- Organic Mountainsilk™
- Mountainsilk™ Stretch
- Mountainsilk™ Sport
- Mountainsilk™ Recycle
- Mountainsilk™ Procycle
Untouched World™ has an extensive organic cotton sourcing programme. Our organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides or fertilisers, sewage sludge, irradiation or genetic engineering, and is certified by an accredited independent organisation.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth, making it a fantastic raw material for textiles. It is highly renewable and does not need herbicides or pesticides to enhance growth. It also requires much less water than cotton in its growing cycle.