Asos has announced plans to stop stocking products made from silk, cashmere and mohair as part of an updated animal welfare policy.
The etailer has stated suppliers may not use any part of vulnerable, endangered, exotic or wild-caught species in their products. They must not use fur, including Mongolian lamb’s fur or rabbit hair (angora), and may not use feather/down, bone, horn, shell, teeth, mohair, cashmere or silk.
In addition, suppliers may only source certain types of leather, wool and other animal hair as a by-product of the meat industry and from suppliers with a history of good animal husbandry.
The updated animal policy states: “Asos firmly believes it is not acceptable for animals to suffer in the name of fashion or cosmetics. No animals should be slaughtered specifically to produce products sold through any of Asos’ websites. All animal materials used must be by-products of the meat industry.
“Asos is committed to working with industry expert groups to support the ongoing research, development and implementation of animal welfare standards and transparency in the leather supply chain.
“Asos is a member of the Leather Working Group and is working towards sourcing all skins from LWG rated tanneries, to ensure good environmental compliance and traceability.”