The Sustainable Fibre Alliance
Make sure you always shop with cashmere brands that are members of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA). The SFA work throughout the entirety of the cashmere supply chain to facilitate more sustainable cashmere by promoting;
- Environmental resilience in cashmere producing regions.
- Improved long-term prospects for herding communities that rely on cashmere markets.
- Assurance on animal welfare within cashmere production.
By supporting brands that support the SFA you’re encouraging the sustainable development of a more ethical, responsible and resilient industry that benefits people, animals, and the planet. Find out more about the SFA >
The second thing you can do is shop less and buy well. Cashmere is and should always be an expensive fibre and you should always expect to pay more for it. It takes a lot of goats to produce small amounts of cashmere and plenty of time, skill and resources to make it into the beautiful finished product it is. If you fancy buying cashmere you should do so with this in mind, so read up and educate yourself before investing in a ‘bargain’ item that could be fueling the overconsumption of valuable natural resources and the economic neglect of skilled labour.
Make your cashmere last
Keep your cashmere looking lovely for longer by making sure you look after it properly. During the summer months make sure you store it away to keep it safe from hungry moths. When your cashmere gets a little bobbly it’s nothing to worry about, simply remove the bobbles (or pills) with a sharp razor or a ‘debobbling’ machine and your garment will be good as new! Begg & Co recommend dry cleaning only for their products.
Begg & Co are doing some absolutely fantastic things with respect to keeping their operations sustainable. Find out more about what they’re up to here and let me know what you think on my Instagram.
Author: Charlotte Blades-Barrett