Due to the specific functional requirements of materials, the use of natural fibres is minimal. All the same, Schöffel also sets high requirements for the selection of processed natural fibres.
Another natural fibre used by Schöffel in its production facilities is cotton. The use of Uzbek cotton is prohibited, since child and forced labour was used to harvest cotton in Uzbekistan. This goes against Schöffel’s basic principles.
Materials and products from the region Xinjiang, China
Due to recent reports of human rights violations in the Xinjiang region, there is a ban on the use of any material, including cotton, harvested, produced or processed in the region, as well as other products and services from the region.
Some items, such as buttons, can be made from the natural material wood. The wood used must not come from illegal timber harvests or HCVF forests (High Conservation Value Forests), such as rainforests.
When using animal fibres, the outdoor expert makes sure they are procured without causing the animals any pain. Schöffel respects the environment and supports animal protection. This means that only materials that come from sources where responsible, species-appropriate animal welfare is guaranteed are used to make Schöffel products.
All products must therefore be manufactured in accordance with the Five Freedoms for Animal Welfare developed by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC). These are:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease
- Freedom to express normal behaviour
- Freedom from fear and distress
Schöffel also strictly ensures that no wool is used from sheep, which have been subjected to the mulesing process. Mulesing is the removal of strips of skin from around the breech of a sheep to prevent flystrike. The procedure is usually performed without anaesthetic.
Angora & Mohair
Schöffel does not use any mohair and angora fibres at all, since the species-appropriate welfare of angora rabbits and angora goats is often not guaranteed, and the removal of their hair takes place under painful conditions.
The use of real fur is also not allowed; only synthetic furs, which do not contain any animal parts, are used for Schöffel products. Schöffel also belongs to the Fur Free Retailer Programme (https://furfreeretailer.com/).
The leather used in production may only be a by-product or waste product of the food industry or artificial leather. Only skins from animal species that are not threatened or protected may be used.
The company obtains exclusively white and grey down and feathers from geese and ducks from certified sources. This ensures that the materials come from sources which do not involve any force feeding or live plucking. Down is a by-product of the food industry. All down and feathers used in Schöffel products must be RDS certified. As a company, Schöffel attaches particular importance to animal welfare and now, by committing to RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD (RDS) company certification, has taken a further step towards the responsible sourcing of down. This includes the supply chain, which means that only down from animal welfare-friendly farming is used for its products, starting with the animal farm and continuing all the way through to the actual processing of the down. The certification process is carried out and constantly monitored by the Control Union test institute. Consumers of RDS-certified Schöffel products can be sure that the down and feathers that their products contain are obtained from appropriately husbanded animals. All of the points in the product's supply chain comply with the RDS standard. Be it the breeding of the animals on the farm, their transportation or slaughter, only if 100% of the criteria and guidelines are fulfilled will the product receive the status of RDS certification.