Ethical Sustainable RWS Wool Supply
The world is moving towards a more ethical and sustainable model that aims to respect nature, the environment and the animals that live together on this planet. Fashion is also shifting its focus to this new model and increasingly overseas wool-buyers are asking us for more ethical and sustainable wool supply in response to the growing consumer demand. Today’s consumer requests wool products that are traceable, sustainable and ethically produced and the first step in the supply chain is the raw material input.
It’s very fortunate that Australian woolgrowers are some of the ‘’world’s best’’ and many have now embraced the move towards farm practices that align with today’s responsibilities around the treatment of their land and their animals.
Responsible Wool Standard and Genesys, our RWS Farm Group
Fox & Lillie continue to stay at the forefront of developments within the wool industry and as such, Fox & Lillie was one of the first wool exporters and brokers in the world to obtain certification under the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS).
The Responsible Wool Standard is an independent, voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. The RWS was developed by a broad spectrum of interested parties, including farmers, land conservation experts, supply chain members, industry associations, as well as global apparel, home and carpeting brands.
Fox & Lillie has established Genesys, the largest Australian woolgrower farm group accredited under the Responsible Wool Standard, providing woolgrowers with a platform to demonstrate their best farming practices to the world in respect to animal welfare and sustainable land management.
The program allows for complete traceability and is a means for brands and consumers to have confidence in their wool supply chain and certainty that the products they buy and sell are in line with their values.
Fox & Lillie can support brands to achieve a wider responsibly sourced wool strategy. The integration of Fox & Lillie’s certified farm group, brokerage and export divisions and processing supply chain partners, places Fox & Lillie in the best position to supply brands with their greasy wool or early staged processed wool sourcing requirements and support them in unlocking supply chain transparency.
Fox & Lillie can work with nominated companies in your existing wool supply chain or assist you to connect with other certified supply chain companies to build Fox & Lillie’s RWS accredited wool into your supply chain.
For brands who wish to build RWS wool into their product lines, we believe we are the best positioned to assist you with the procurement of suitable RWS certified wool to meet your specifications and needs. For any RWS enquiries please contact our trading team – firstname.lastname@example.org.
For woolgrowers wanting more information on how to become involved, please contact your Fox & Lillie wool representative.
OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100
Fox & Lillie’s processed wool is certified under the OEKO-TEX Standard 100, a worldwide, independent testing and certification system that tests for harmful substances based on the retrospective purpose of the textiles and materials.
OEKO-TEX assures manufacturers, sources, brands, retailers and consumers around the world that certified products meet the strict limit values for harmful substances of Standard 100 and that these substances are not present in critical concentrations.