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HAMBURG – A new standard has been launched for cashmere which covers the welfare of cashmere goats as well as addressing environmental and social issues in cashmere production. The standard will initially work with 2,000 farmers in Inner Mongolia, northern China, where cashmere goats are kept by settled farmers rather than roaming broad pastures with nomadic herders.

The Good Cashmere Standard has been set up by the Aid by Trade Foundation, with the support of partners including Bestseller, Lacoste, Hugo Boss and H&M. The latter of these announced earlier in 2019 that it planned to phase out the use of ‘conventional’ cashmere due to environmental concerns. Such concerns have centred around over-gazing on Mongolia’s grasslands and the associated risk of desertification.

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