Merino Wool and the Responsible Wool Standard
We care about origins
We want to be sure that any animal products or planet resources that are used in the creation of Sigr apparel follow strict standards of animal welfare, social responsibility and sustainability. That is why we chose Australian Merino wool that complies with the Responsible Wool Standard in the making of primarily our Gotlandsleden Tour Softshell Road Cycling jackets.
About the Responsible Wool Standard
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is an international, voluntary standard that addresses animal welfare in sheep farms and chain of custody of wool from certified farms to the final product.
Individual sites are certified by independent third-party certification bodies using annual audits. Material is tracked from the farm to the final product using transaction certificates, following the requirements of Textile Exchange’s Content Claim Standard (CCS). For more information, please visit: ResponsibleWool.org.
The goals of the Responsible Wool Standard are to provide the industry with the best possible tool to:
- Recognize the best practices of farmers
- Ensure that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly (e.g. no mulesing)
- Create an industry benchmark that will drive improvements in animal care and land management and social welfare where needed
- 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.
About Textile Exchange
The Responsible Wool Standard is owned and managed by Textile Exchange. Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit that creates leaders in the sustainable fiber and materials industry. The organization develops, manages, and promotes a suite of leading industry standards as well as. collects and publishes vital industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage, and track their use of preferred fiber and materials.
With a membership that represents leading brands, retailers, and suppliers, Textile Exchange has, for years, been positively impacting climate through accelerating the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry and is now making it an imperative goal through its 2030 Strategy: Climate+. Under the Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.