The soft, Scottish water near our Elgin and Hawick mills is part of what makes our cashmere so unique. It's one of the reasons why Scottish cashmere has acquired a reputation the world over for its natural softness.
Textile production can use extremely large volumes of scarce water, and a large amount of production globally takes place in areas with high levels of water stress. In addition, the discharge of water from textile manufacturing plants can damage local water supplies.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) works with businesses, governments, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future. Their Aqueduct Project uses the most up to date data to produce global water risk maps, allowing stakeholders to assess current and future challenges. We operate in areas categorised as low water stress by international standards. The publicly available Aqueduct rankings operate on a scale of 0 to 5, with Scotland’s figure coming in at 0.22, among the lowest in the world.
We comply with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency's strict guidance in terms of the discharge of wastewater, including pre-treatment of effluent at our Elgin mill.
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