The Caregora fibre is said to be underpinned by a commitment to animal care and breeding

The Caregora fibre is said to be underpinned by a commitment to animal care and breeding

German angora specialist Naturfasern has launched what it claims is the first responsibly selected and certified angora fibre worldwide.

Caregora is underpinned by a commitment to animal care and breeding, Naturfasern says. It is backed by certification from European standards (98/58/EC Directive of the European Community) on animal care and welfare, as well as complying with the “Animal Welfare Code of Recommendations for the welfare of livestock”, promoted by DEFRA (the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

The company, the brand, the product and all its practices are also certified by UL, the product safety testing and certification organisation. 

Evidence produced by animal rights group PETA at the end of last year showed "shocking" conditions at farms in China - where 90% of the world's angora wool is sourced.

The graphic images led to a number of fashion brands and retailers banning the use of the fibre.

Retailers including Arcadia Group (which includes BHS, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topman, Topshop and Wallis), Debenhams, Forever 21, H&MLands' EndMarks & SpencerNew Look, Next and Primark have pledged to keep angora out of their future collections but are still selling existing angora stock.

While C&AEspritFrench ConnectionGap Inc and Zara are among those who have suspended angora production, but have not yet stopped sales or committed to keeping it out of future collections.

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