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 Responsible Wool Standard: A Standard for Animal Protection
Sustainability | 26.01.2017

The RWS is making the value chain transparent

The Responsible Wool Standard: A Standard for Animal Protection

Responsible Wool Standard: A Standard for Animal Protection. Wool is a natural fiber with incredible properties. The Responsible Wool Standard guarantees responsible sheep farming.
Wool is a natural fiber with incredible properties. The Responsible Wool Standard guarantees responsible sheep farming.
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The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) was launched in summer 2016 by the non-profit organization Textile Exchange, with its origins in an initiative by Textile Exchange and H&M. The certificate covers a number of different sectors.

The seal’s key focuses concern animal protection, sustainable cultivation and protecting the Earth, as well as full transparency throughout the supply chain through an integrated system of traceability. The standard prohibits things like the controversial practice of mulesing.

The standard was created to provide a global benchmark for animal protection and agriculture in the field of sheep farming. Other goals include helping dedicated sheep farmers worldwide by recognizing examples of best practice as well as increasing transparency along the global value chain.

Above all, the logo for the Responsible Wool Standard stands for animal protection in sheep farming.
Above all, the logo for the Responsible Wool Standard stands for animal protection in sheep farming.

Responsible Wool Standard: From Farms to Clothing Factories

Another aim is to provide assistance to sheep farmers cultivating livestock around the world. This includes farms benefiting from better networking amongst themselves and encouraging improved communication between brands and consumers.

The scope of the Responsible Wool Standard stretches the entire value chain: from farms to wool producers and clothing factories (traceability). However, it does not cover any guidelines for chemicals that may be used to treat wool as it is processed.


Dr. Regina Henkel (Quelle: Dr. Regina Henkel)
Article by Dr. Regina Henkel, editor
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