The first ever commercial garments labeled with the voluntary Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) from Textile Exchange have recently debuted in store at Marks & Spencer, Eileen Fisher and Arket – the lifestyle concept store from H&M, which was launched last year. The RWS is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and the deals with the environmental impact of the land that they graze on in a bid to ‘improve best practice’ among woolgrowers.

“Wool is central to our assortment as it is both beautiful and durable,” said Karin Brinck, Sustainability Manager, Arket, saying that RWS certification “Is a way to contribute to a more traceable and responsible supply chain both for the animals and their environment.”