Kirkland camper manufacturer cozies up to wool insulation provider for eco-friendly solution

A Kirkland camper manufacturer has signed an agreement with Havelock Wool to insulate all of its eco-friendly trailers with sheep’s wool instead of foam board.

The partnership comes after Homegrown Trailers outfitted some of its newest mobile units with the all-natural product and decided wool was a better solution than the polystyrene panels used in the company’s inaugural designs.

“We wanted a product that would be more effective as far as warmth, noise reduction and moisture management,” Homegrown Trailers’ Chief Marketing Officer Eric Gertsman said. “Wool not only satisfies those requirements, it enables us to offer something that is highly environmentally responsible.”

Launched in January 2016, Homegrown Trailers produces between three and six custom-built trailers per month for sale or rent.

All are handmade from recycled plastics and sustainably harvested wood, include energy-efficient lights and appliances and possess chemical-free composting toilets.

“A lot of people are using our trailers in an off-the-grid capacity,” Gertsman said. “With the wool-insulated space, many travelers can skip using the heater to save battery life. On very cold winter days, the Havelock Wool insulation and heaters work in tandem to keep things comfortable.”

A startup as well, Havelock Wool sources its wool from New Zealand and then turns it into loose-fill and batt insulation at their production facility in Reno, Nev.

Last year, the company took orders for everything from camper vans and tiny homes to single-family houses and commercial office spaces.

“We’re encouraged that our relationship with Havelock Wool helps demonstrate how their healthy and eco-friendly product can be used in numerous non-traditional applications,” Gertsman said. “We love innovating and having opportunities to move great ideas like this forward.”

For more information about Homegrown Trailers, visit http://www.homegrowntrailers.com/.

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