About

Pillow Wad is a family run, independent company that was founded in 1988.  Over the past years we have developed a strong position in the market.  We supply our nationwide customers from our centrally located farm in rural Northamptonshire.

 

We have 3 generations of farming experience in selecting the finest hay and straw crops. This year we harvested over 400 acres of hay and straw ourselves and this will continue to increase over the coming years.  This gives us the ability to select only the finest quality bales to put into our packs.  With the sun actually coming out this summer we have three barns full of the highest quality hay and straw.

We also source additional produce locally whenever possible to support the farming community we have been part of for so many years. This combined with our experience in the feeding and bedding market has enabled us to provide the highest quality products on the market.

We have recently invested in new packing and harvesting machinery that has enabled to better meet customer demand whilst remaining competitive and has also meant that we have been able to introduce new hay and straw maxi packs.

We are always looking to improve our products to best meet the demands of our customers so if you have any quesions please ask at the contact us and we will answer as soon as we can.

Our Product size guide

 HandyMiniLargeMaxi
Meadow Hay
Barley Straw
Eco Nest
Woodshavings
Timothy Hay
Alfalfa Hay
Farmer’s Secret

Environmental Matters

Solar Power

We here at Pillow Wad are passionate about preserving our natural environment. We are proud to announce that we have installed a 50 kW solar panel system on the roofs of our barns. This 200 panel system will produce clean, renewable energy for at least 25 years; reducing our carbon footprint by up to 23.9 Tonnes per year. This will provided around 25% of our total energy requirements.

Our farming methods aim to preserve the land in a sustainable manner and we are now looking at making our production methods as sustainable. So you can be sure that the hay we supply is the greenest in the market.

How do solar panels (PV) cells work?

PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can either be mounted on your roof or on the ground.

The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). That’s the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer

Bio-wrap. So what is all the excitement about?

You can’t help but be aware of the media attention around waste reduction and efforts to protect our planet. Here at Pillow Wad we are doing our best to contribute to that effort and reduce the amount of waste we produce as well as actively seeking ways to protect the environment we care so much about and rely on for our lovely natural Pillow Wad products.

So…for the past couple of years we’ve been working on a fully biodegradable, completely compostable packaging that our customers can dispose of in their green bins or straight onto the compost heap. It’s actually made from Potato starch and we are looking to replace our (highly re-cyclable but ultimately) single use plastic wrap.

Now we are looking to go further in producing bags for use shops.  We are going to be producing the following sizes:

10” x 12” @ 30 micron (no handle)

10” x 15” @ 30 micron (no handle)

Standard carrier bag size (with handles) @ 30 micron.

Sample bags will be available,

These bags are re-usable so we would always recommend that you encourage your customers to bring the bags back to re-use (possibly with a reduction in price).  If there are other size bags you would be interested in please feel free to ask and we can see what we can arrange.  If you wold like more information and pricing, please feel free to contact us for more information

So what do you need to know about this product?

  • Completely Bio-degradable (in the right conditions will break down in 6 months)
  • Cleared for home and industrial composting (EN13432)
  • Breathable; to help keep the feed fresher for longer
  • Can be disposed of in your home compost or in your food caddy (can even re-use as the bag)
  • Made from renewable sources.

We have found in our research that it can take between 1 and 2 months for it to start cracking and splitting when left in a field to the elements and as little as two weeks in a compost heap. 

We are taking revolutionary steps and are learning about the material all the time but the best test will always be the market itself.  So if you have any thoughts or issues we are only too pleased to hear about them so we can continue to improve.

Questions you may have:

Will it last? In cool dry conditions it will last for more than 18 months. I have a bag from Feb 2018 and a test piece from September 2017 that are still in perfect condition.

If it comes into contact with water does it fall apart?  In short no: it needs warmth and humid conditions over a period of time to start breaking down. Although pure starch is soluble, once processed the wrap material is not.

How does the film strength compare to standard LDPE? It has similar strength characteristics as LDPE films at similar gauges.

Can I store it outside?   As with our plastic bags, we would recommend they are stored in a cool dry place.

Are any contaminants left behind?  No contaminants will be left behind. The material will be completely converted into CO2, water and biomass. (At least 90% of the Carbon will be converted into CO2.) Even the inks are water based and will leave no contaminants.

Do you have any Certifications?

“OK compost INDUSTRIAL” and “OK Compost HOME” certification granted by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium.

BRC Accreditation – Grade AA.

BS8555 – Phase 5. (Copies of these certificates are available upon request).

 Can I or my animals eat it? No.  That would be silly

Field Locator

If you have you ever wondered where your feed comes from, on the back of your pack you will see the DOM (Date Of Manufacture) and the field name where your pack grew up, from seed to the wonderful feed in your hand.

We would like to show you just how locally we source our products; including harvesting as much as we can ourselves because we love it!