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SFA Cashmere Standard

What is the SFA Cashmere Standard?

 

SFA Cashmere Standard

Seal International are proudly certified to the Sustainable Fibre Alliance, SFA Cashmere Standard. This certification signifies a commitment to responsible, and sustainable practices throughout our production of cashmere, and the farmers that rear the goats.

This certification ensures that the cashmere is sourced from farms that prioritise animal welfare, environmental conservation, and the well-being of local communities. The SFA Cashmere Standard focuses on promoting sustainable grazing practices to prevent land degradation, ensuring that the delicate ecosystems where cashmere goats graze are preserved for future generations.

 

Additionally, the standard emphasises the ethical treatment of the goats, ensuring they are provided with proper care, nutrition, and living conditions. By adhering to the SFA Cashmere Standard, producers demonstrate their dedication to transparency, traceability, and social responsibility, providing consumers with assurance that they are purchasing cashmere that has been reared in an environmentally and socially conscious manner.

 

Why is being SFA Cashmere Standard certified important?

 

Being SFA (Sustainable Fibre Alliance) certified is important for several reasons:

 

  1. Environmental Sustainability

The SFA certification ensure that the production of cashmere adheres to sustainable grazing practices. This helps prevent overgrazing, soil erosion, and degradation of the land, preserving ecosystems and biodiversity.

 

  1. Animal Welfare

The SFA standard prioritises the ethical treatment and welfare of cashmere goats, ensuring that they are provided with appropriate care, nutrition, and living conditions, promoting their health and well-being.

 

  1. Traceability and Transparency

The SFA certification provides a transparent and traceable supply chain, this allows customers to have confidence in the origin of the cashmere they purchase. This promotes accountability and trust.

 

  1. Social Responsibility

The SFA standard emphasises fair labour practices and the well-being of local communities. It encourages producers to engage with and support local communities, promoting economic development and social equity.

 

  1. Customer Confidence

Being SFA certified enhances our reputation and credibility, assuring customers that the cashmere they buy is environmentally sustainable and ethically responsible.

 

The SFA certification plays a vital role in promoting responsible and sustainable practices throughout the cashmere supply chain, benefiting the environment, animals, producers, and consumers alike.

 

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to find out more.

 

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The International Year of the Camelids 2024

The International Year of Camelids 2024 is an opportunity to honour and champion the remarkable animals, herders, communities and most importantly for us the fibres collected from Camels, Alpacas, Llamas, Vicuñas, and Guanacos.

 

Objective

The objective of the 2024 International Year of Camelids is to raise awareness about the overlooked capabilities of the amazing camelids and to encourage greater investment in this sector. This involves advocating for more research, enhancing capacity development, and embracing innovative practices and technologies to ensure the success of the genus for many generations to come.

 

Our Role

Camelid fibres, play a pivotal role in our business here at Seal International. These fibres are meticulously collected globally and processed to create high-quality products catering to the demands of discerning customers worldwide.

 

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How, and where are they used?

Camelid fibres demonstrate exceptional adaptability, serving as a testament to their versatility in various industries across textiles. These fibres, sourced from alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, guanacos, and camels, offer a wide range of applications across different sectors. From textiles and apparel, including knitwear, suiting, and coating, to home furnishings such as bedding, curtains, and upholstery, and are also used in the construction of mattresses.

 

This versatility is rarely seen and championed, here at Seal International we hope to change that, and we are embracing the UN year of the camelids. We hope to raise the profile of this magnificent fibre to ensure the economic stability of the supply chain all the way back to the herders. We recognise that, apart from the hair from the animals, people are our most valuable asset ensuring that we carry out our operations in a manner that safeguards their health, welfare and safety. We remain committed to ensuring the quality of life and good health of both the Animals and their human custodians.

 

Sustainability

Camelids are sustainably farmed in deserts and the Andes mountains; our camelids are left to roam freely and are cared for using age-old traditional herding and farming methods.  The livelihoods of many communities around the world depend on camelid products and services. Serving as essential working companions, they provide invaluable support to indigenous peoples and local communities. This ranges across the Andean highlands of South America, as well as in the deserts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Recognition, advocacy, and support for promoting their products and services are essential for sustaining community livelihoods and nurturing sustainable employment opportunities and equality in often economically deprived areas.

 

We remain fully dedicated to continuing our support indigenous peoples and communities in their endeavours with camelids.

 

Our Fibres

Over the year we will be showcasing each fibre, highlighting its characteristics, merits, how it is processed, and their end uses. First up will be Camel coming in May. Followed by the prestigious Vicuña in July, Alpaca in September and rounding the UN International year of the camelids off with Guanaco in December.

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