About Bellwether Materials

Award-winning Bellwether Materials manufactures 100% wool SoftBatt insulation for the commercial and residential US construction markets. Our patented insulation is made in the U.S. from American wool. Bellwether Materials, Inc., is a Delaware C Corporation.

MISSION STATEMENT

  • Support socially responsible business practices
  • Manufacture a product that does no harm to people, animals or the environment
  • Create jobs at every level from professional executives to unskilled workers
  • Build a financially profitable business

COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Bellwether Materials believes in ethical responsibility to its customers, employees, suppliers and the communities in which it operates. Our insulation is safe for people, animals and the environment at every stage of its lifecycle. Made from an agricultural by-product and recycled paper, our  insulation is sustainable, recyclable, reusable, and biodegradable.

CERTIFICATIONS

To validate our efforts, Bellwether Materials has qualified as a GIIRS Pioneer. This certification is awarded by the Global Impact Investing Rating System, part of B Lab. We were also certified as toxic-free by Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Challenge. SoftBatts have also won awards at the Cleantech Open and West Coast Green.

FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING

We will be manufacturing SoftBatts in wool processing facilities that have excess capacity throughout the U.S. This distributed approach means that SoftBatts will be manufactured close to the customer, allowing for rapid and flexible response to customer demand. In addition, profits will be shared nationally among small businesses rather than sequestered by one company in one location.

Our loose fill product is manufactured in one location in the US. Inventory will be distributed to warehouses throughout the US with careful attention to transportation issues.

ALL AMERICAN PRODUCTS

For the American market, it’s not cost effective to go offshore so jobs created will stay in the US. We expect to create 250 American jobs and help support at least 20,000 rural jobs five years after our launch.

GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Bellwether Materials is committed to materials safety, manufacturing transparency and occupant health. Our company has been designed to leave the smallest possible carbon footprint. Our raw material is naturally sustainable. Our manufacturing process uses minimal embodied energy and recycled water. It does not produce pollutants, gases, fumes or toxic waste.

GOOD TO OUR STAFF

As a company, we will provide a flexible environment based upon the needs of our staff. Management is horizontal and collaborative with all employees expected to participate in building the best possible company. Bellwether Materials supports a positive work/life balance.

BASED ON THE BELLWETHER BUSINESS MODEL

Bellwether Materials’ SoftBatt Insulation was developed as an example of the Bellwether Business Model. While we chose sheep’s wool insulation as our example, the model can be used for any product anywhere in the world. A description of the model will be published at a later date.

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