Silk The silk fibre is a natural filament fibre, which means that the thread is continuous and not built up of shorter filaments, the cocoon of the silkworm creates the silk filament. The fibre of silk absorbs moisture well, it is strong when dry but loses its strength when wet. Therefore it is important to have this in mind when washing and caring for your silk products. The characteristics of silk are of fine lustrous and very exclusive. At Tiger of Sweden, we use silk mainly for our premium accessories, such as scarfs, ties and handkerchiefs.
Organic silk Organic silk production ensures that the mulberry bushes that the silkworms are feeding on are organically cultivated, which of course is very beneficial for the environment. Today only a small part of the cultivated silk is certified organic.
Down Down as a fibre comes from geese and duck and is the layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers. Down is not a major fibre for us at Tiger of Sweden, which means we rarely use down. When we use down, we make sure to source ethical down through either the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) or by using recycled down. The RDS certificate ensures that the down is sourced ethically in regard to the five animal freedom act.
Fake down An alternative to down regarding animal welfare is to use synthetic fibres. If synthetic fibre is used, it is essential to ensure that the raw material is coming from a recycled origin to minimize the use of new resources.
Recycled down To reuse material is the best way to take advantage of the earth’s resources to the most significant extent. Recycled down is, therefore, our best in class alternative for an isolation fibre.
RWS Wool RWS stands for 'Responsible wool standard', which is an independent voluntary certification ensuring that the sheep are treated with respect to their Five Freedoms. 1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour 2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area 3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment 4. Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's kind 5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering It also ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land. Through the processing stages, the certification guarantees that wool from certified farms is properly identified and tracked.
Organic wool Certified organic wool controls the chemical use, feedstock, veterinary inputs, as well as certified animal welfare systems in place. The certified organic wool is about only 1% of the market of wool.
ZQ Wool The ZQ certification of wool ensures that the five animal freedom act is ensured; no mulesing is occurring as well as no international animal transportation. Also ZQ wool is traceable back to the farm.
Recycled Wool Recycled wool is made from leftover wool from textile production or old garments that have been ripped apart. The fibres are shorter than traditional virgin wool, and therefore it needs to be blended with conventional wool or other material to retain its quality. By using recycled wool, you take care of existing material, by that using less water, energy and water are used.