What is the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)?
Il Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is a voluntary certification developed by Textile Exchange with contributions from farmers, animal welfare experts, land conservation experts, brands and retailers from all over the world.
It mainly deals with animal welfare, but also with soil maintenance and preservation of the social aspect of production, especially in sheep farming.
Similar to the Woolmark certification, this label is useful for avoiding buying wool sourced from intensive breeding.
The primary objectives of certification Responsible Wool Standard (RWS):
- Protect the welfare of animals
- Preserve the health of the soil
- Protect social well-being
- Guaranteed chain of custody
- Ensure credible certification
- Involvement of interested parties
Standard of Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)
La Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) requires that the entire supply chain be certified, from the wool producers to the business-to-business seller. Usually, the last stage to be certified is the producer (who will process the wool to make the garment). In fact, resellers (business-to-consumer) do not need to be certified.
The farms are certified for Animal welfare, la Territory Management and for Social forms of the RWS.
The subsequent stages of the supply chain are certified Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) according to the requirements of the standard:
Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is Cruelty Free?
La Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) it cannot be considered part of the cruelty free fashion, but if we accept the fact that the sheep will be reared for many more years (since we eat them) and consequently the shearing will be a must, then we can consider the Rws a cruelty free certification, as it guarantees animal welfare standards.
Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) and Environment
Although it is not an environmental type certification, on farms Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) progressive land management methods are practiced, protecting soil health, biodiversity and native species. In addition, social well-being, working conditions and the health and safety of workers are addressed.
Leatherwear Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)
Wool is undoubtedly one of the natural fabrics most used, but we don't know many fashion brands that use certification Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), as in Italy the Woolmark certification is better known.
However, we have included it in our ecoFashion search engine, so it is likely that some brands have added it to their certifications:
Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) for Companies
Are you a producer? You want to get certified Responsible Wool Standard and apply its logo on your products? Then you have to contact the certifying body: Textile Exchange.
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