Is Cashmere Sustainable?

As a family-run cashmere business that prioritises ethically sourced and sustainable cashmere, we are often asked about the environmental impact of cashmere production. 

Is cashmere sustainable?

The answer is yes, but only when it is produced in a responsible and ethical manner.

Unfortunately, there are many instances where the production of cashmere has been linked to environmental degradation and animal welfare concerns. These issues stem from the demand for cheaper and more plentiful cashmere, which has led to overgrazing and land degradation in some regions of the world.

What can you do to make a difference?

Support brands that prioritise sustainability and ethical practices. 

When shopping for sustainable cashmere, it's important to look for certifications and labels that indicate sustainable practices. For example, to ensure that The Cashmere Choice collections are produced in a way that is environmentally responsible and supportive of local communities, we are partners of the Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA). 

The SFA works directly with herders and manufacturers to improve the sustainability and quality of cashmere production. They provide training on sustainable herding practices, as well as support for animal welfare and habitat protection. This helps to ensure that the cashmere we source is not only of the highest quality but also produced in a way that supports the people and land where it comes from.

Some brands may have their own sustainability certifications or labels, so be sure to do your research and look for these indicators when shopping for sustainable cashmere.

The next important element of sustainable cashmere is that it is high-quality. Long-lasting pieces not only mean that your investment will last for years to come, but also reduces the need for replacements, ultimately reducing waste. 

We recommend that you avoid cheaper, lower quality high street cashmere. Look out for premium quality cashmere that is made from longer, finer fibres, as these tend to be stronger and more durable. Another consideration could be to go for classic styles that can be worn season after season, rather than trendy pieces that may quickly go out of fashion.

Read our 7 Tips for choosing high quality cashmere

As an environmentally conscious customer, you can make a difference by choosing sustainable and ethically sourced cashmere. Not only does this support the environment and local communities, but it also ensures that the animals are treated humanely.

Aside from looking for certifications and labels, it's also important to do your research and support brands that prioritise sustainability and ethical practices. Follow them on social media, read their websites, and reach out to them if you have any questions or concerns.

In conclusion, sustainable cashmere is possible, but it requires conscious consumer choices and responsible production practices. As a family-run business that prioritises sustainability and ethical practices, we hope to inspire other brands and customers to join us in creating a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry.

You can find out more about our family commitment to sustainability here