THE GOATS & RAW MATERIAL
The choice of our raw material is the core of our company. It is important for us that animal husbandry is fairly maintained, since our raw material comes from living animals. We make sure to only work with nomadic herders and farmers who take good care of their goats. Professionals who only work with gathering come to the farms when it is time to gather the cashmere wool. They trim the goats one at a time and usually two or three people trim one goat to minimize the time and stress for the goat. While visiting one farm on our last trip to China, two of the men trimming the goats told us that they like to take naps together with the goats, which we thought was very sweet.
We use a total of five subcontractors in form of knitting factories, a woven factory and yarn factories. We work with two larger suppliers of yarn and a few smaller ones which can vary from season to season.
Producing cashmere yarn and garments is a long and complicated process that includes several steps, each equally important when producing cashmere garments.
Cashmere wool comes from cashmere goats’ undercoat that is extremely soft and downy. The undercoat is protected by an outer layer of wool and is made of fine, soft hairs that keep the goats toasty during the cold winters. It is the undercoat that is used to make cashmere yarn.
All yarn Soft Goat uses is OEKO-TEX® certified. This means that our products hold the standard in regards of harmful substances for textile and clothing manufacturers, and have high human ecology requirements. As a customer, you can always feel assured of this when purchasing and wearing our products.
CODE OF CONDUCT
We have a Code of Conduct which is based on international recognized principals for protection of human rights and workers’ rights according to UN:s general declaration regarding human rights. It also keeps building on relevant international agreements on protection of the environment and animal welfare.
We have spent years finding the best factories, factories which have good working conditions and deliver the best quality. By continuously visiting our factories, we work continuously on building good relationships with the owners and make sure that the good working conditions are kept.
Climate changes are acute and dramatic. These changes affect all of us, but especially people living in disadvantaged situations. Climate change affects us as a company as well, since the warmer climate contributes to less access to good quality cashmere. One of our most important goals is to lower our environmental impact.With this said, we need to take responsibility for the emissions we make and cannot, at this time, change. Therefore, we have decided to offset for all our transports.
Our first sustainability report was published in 2018. Read about what we have accomplished in 2018 and about our goals and challenges moving forward.
It is important to us that our products are available to as many people as possible and that they create opportunities for others. Therefore, we support the non-profit organisation Project Playground by donating a sum of money to the organisation every year. By shopping at Soft Goat, you contribute to Project Playground's beautiful work.
During 2019 one of our goals was to release a collection made of 100% uncoloured cashmere. In our collaboration with Michaela Forni, we made two mini-collections where all the items were made in 100% uncoloured cashmere.
We also transported our AW19 collection by train from China to Sweden. This was also one of our goals, as freight by train is a much more sustainable option.