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RESPONSIBLE WOOL STANDARD (RWS)

Materials Responsible wool guarantees animal welfare and promotes environmental care on the farms, as well as a progressive and more sustainable use of the land.

Our merino wool comes from responsible and sustainably minded farms in Uruguay and Australia. From 2018, all of the merino wool used in ARKET products are certified to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), which makes it possible to trace the material all the way back to the farm. The goals of the RWS are to protect the sheep that supply the wool and the land on which they graze. Responsible means that animal welfare is always considered and respected; it also means environmental care on the farms and a progressive, more sustainable use of the land. The animals are guaranteed a healthy life and provided with their essential freedoms, including the freedom to express their normal behaviour, freedom from hunger, thirst, fear and distress, and freedom from pain or discomfort. The RWS is an independent, voluntary program ensuring that the wool we use comes from certified responsible farms, and that it is properly handled and identified through the entire production process. It provides a universal reference tool for us and the suppliers we work with, committing everyone involved in the making of our products to the same high standards. Ultimately, it allows customers to be confident that what they buy is made in a truly responsible way.

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Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)

Responsible wool guarantees animal welfare and promotes environmental care on the farms, as well as a progressive and more sustainable use of the land.

Recycled polyester

Recycled polyester is made from post-consumer PET derived from plastic bottles. Strong, durable and moisture-resistant, it holds the same properties as conventional polyester.

 

Recycled cashmere

Our cashmere products are made using a special blend of recycled cashmere and responsible merino wool, which has a considerably lower environmental impact compared with conventional cashmere.

Upcycled Down

Our collection of lightweight down-padded outerwear and accessories, offering superior natural warmth from reclaimed materials.

Yak

Yak is a superfine luxury fibre that is warmer and softer than merino wool and more breathable than cashmere.

Econyl

A high-tech and high-performance material made from nylon waste, such as discarded fishnets and textile leftovers.

Alpaca

Alpaca is an airy and lightweight fibre with surprising strength and elasticity. It is especially suited to sensitive skin due to its smooth surface and lack of lanolin oil.

Tencel® Lyocell

TENCEL® is a semi-synthetic material made using sustainably sourced wood pulp. Cool and silky soft, it is used in a wide range of products from blouses to activewear and children’s clothes.

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