Our cashmere scarves are produced in line with the standards set out by the Sustainable Fibre Alliance and we share their vision that all cashmere is produced in an environmentally friendly way that safeguards the livelihoods of herding communities and protects the important, fragile environment in which they live. The Sustainable Fibre Alliance is the leading sustainability standards organisation for the cashmere industry. Their main objective is to minimise environmental impact, while constantly improving animal welfare standards. They work with the entire supply chain of the cashmere industry, from farmers to retailers, encouraging each actor to work together to create a sustainable future and share the best practices. Not only do they have an impact on the production standards, but cashmere produced with their standards is also a sign of quality, and respect toward the animals involved. Throughout the years, they have developed a code of practice, that each actor has to follow in order to become SFA certified. These best practices are also used in other industries, and evolve depending on research, and advice from industry experts.
The best practices are different depending on each actor. For farmers, there are some requirements regarding food and water, living environments, but also handling and transport of the animals. For the manufacturers, requirements are focused on the use of chemicals and water, always limiting their use, and avoiding harmful chemicals, which have an environmental impact. SFA Standards are some of the highest in the clothing industry, and their ongoing work ensures a luxurious cashmere, produced in an ethical and fair way.