When making a Misha & Puff garment, the integrity of every step in the production process matters. We can broadly break down the processing into the following...
•Animal welfare (the sheep!)
•Land management (the pastures!)
•Social welfare (the workers and local communities!)
We're careful about who we work with. We choose artisan partners who share our values and who care about the above as much as we do.
What is a Responsible Wool Program Anyway?
Imagine being able to trace every thread of a garment back to its source—think a specific sheep from a specific farm—so you can confirm animal welfare and integrity of the land. THAT'S where we're headed.
Our responsible wool program complies with the best practices promoted by the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) and Fair Trade principles.
Is Misha & Puff's Responsible Wool Program "Certified"?
Currently, we're working with our wool yarn partner to add a responsible wool sourcing certification to our process—one that follows the practices set forth by the RWS. We're about six months into this certification (as you can imagine, it takes time!). We'll update this section once things become official.
What is the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)?
The RWS website says it best: "The goals of the Responsible Wool Standard are to provide the industry with a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that wool comes from farms that have a progressive approach to managing their land, practice holistic respect for animal welfare of the sheep and respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare."
The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury, and disease
- Freedom to express normal and natural behavior
- Freedom from fear and distress