Responsible Wool Standard Released by Textile Exchange

Includes certification process for responsibly sourced wool
July 5, 2016David Gill

ResponsibleWoolStandardlogo3x2NEW YORK-Textile Exchange has released the Responsible Wool Standard, a set of voluntary standards to ensure that sheep are treated with respect and that the land on which they are raised is managed according to responsible best practices.

The standard requires all sites—beginning with the wool farmers and through to the sellers of wool-made products in the final business-to-business transaction—be certified by an independent third-party organization. Retailers are not required to be certified, but if wool products are to include a reference to the standard (for example, a hangtag or sewn-in label), each facility in the supply chain must be certified. If a brand sells wool product to retailers, then it must be certified to the Textile Exchange’s Content Claim Standard requirements, which track the flow of goods and ensure proper identification, Textile Exchange said.

Only products that have been 100 percent certified can carry the RWS label, Textile Exchange said. “The standard will create an industry benchmark to drive improvements in animal care and land management where needed, and provide a robust chain of custody system from farm to final product so that consumers are confident that the wool in the products they choose is truly RWS,” the organization added.

Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit organization that works to make the textile industry more sustainable, and works with all those involved in making textiles, including clothes, sheets and towels, among other products.

David GillDavid Gill | Contributing Editor

David Gill is a contributing editor to HFN.

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