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6.6 RWS Responsible Wool Standard Wool is a signi fi cant fi bre in the textile industry with a long history and an even longer future. It is a versatile fi bre with good comfort and performance character- istics. Hence, it has a wide range of applications and preferred by most consumers. Wool owes its unique properties to the sheep that grow it, and we owe it to the sheep to ensure that their welfare is being protected. To this end, Textile Exchange is developing the Responsible Wool Standard. The RWS is being developed through an open, multi-stakeholder process. The International Working Group represents the broad spectrum of interested parties, including animal welfare groups, brands, farmers, wool suppliers, and supply industry associations, covering both apparel and home categories. The goals of the Responsible Wool Standard are to provide the industry with the best possible tool to: Fig. 21 RCS label. Source 104 K. Amutha
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Recognize the best practices of farmers around the globe, Create an industry benchmark for animal care and land management to drive improvement where needed, Ensure that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land and from sheep that have been treated responsibly, Provide a robust chain of custody system from farm to fi nal product so that consumers are con fi dent that the wool in the products they choose is truly RWS. 7 Cradle to Cradle Certi fi ed Standard Cradle to Cradle Certi fi ed TM is a standard for assessment of product quality in terms of product design and safety for the consumer and the environment, by multiple aspect approach. The evaluation process includes both the materials used and the manufacturing practices on the basis of the following fi ve attributes (Fig. 22 ): 1. Material health, 2. Material reutilization, 3. Renewable energy and carbon management, 4. Water stewardship, and 5. Social fairness. The core objectives of Cradle to Cradle ® design are waste elimination and product development for closed-loop system. The certi fi cation validates by external means, and the certi fi cate is issued at fi ve different levels: Basic (provisional), Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Fig. 22 Cradle to Cradle label. Source www. c2ccerti fi ed.org Sustainable Practices in Textile Industry 105
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There are totally 10 product categories under Cradle to Cradle certi fi cation and 21 products are being certi fi ed under the category Fashion + Textiles . The products include fi bre, yarn, fabric, thread and trims, dyes, and apparel. 8 Advantages and Disadvantages of Sustainability Standards Many national and international organizations are involved in the development of standards, and mostly the certi fi cation is done by third-party organizations who are accredited by the organization that develops standards. The sustainability standards discussed above have both advantages and disadvantages.
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