U.Sarangoo: Mongolian cashmere products have begun to provide for luxury demands of global brandsEconomy
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. The global cashmere market began to demand products made with environmentally and economically sustainable commodities in the recent years.
To fulfill the demand in Mongolia, the Sustainable Textile Production and Eco Labelling Project – STeP EcoLab is being implemented by AVSF Mongolia with financing from the European SWITCH-Asia Programme, creating a comprehensive system for sustainable cashmere production. A consultative meeting took place on the implementation of the project on October 22.
STeP EcoLab Project Manager U.Sarangoo said, “Launched in 2018, our project will be implemented until February 2022. So far, we have developed a voluntary code of practice on environmental management that also includes regulations for sustainable production in the domestic textile industry. Alongside the advice being currently offered for manufacturers through the project, we will also be giving assistance in helping them make connections with foreign brands in order to enter the European market.
In partnership with the Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association, the project also plans to introduce green financing in the cashmere industry. Furthermore, in partnership with the School of Industrial Technology of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology and French professors specialized in textile, the next generation of specialists for the cashmere industry is beginning to be prepared by adding the concept of environmentally friendly textile production in the course.
The STeP EcoLab project is working together with over 20 domestic large and small-scale cashmere factories in wool and cashmere processing, combing, and manufacturing final products, such as ‘Cashmere Holding’, ‘Evseg’, ‘Mongol Textile’, and ‘Khanbogd Cashmere’.
Prior to introducing environmentally friendly production, a study is conducted on the current state of the factory. After informing the manufacturers about its importance, the factory’s engineers are trained in environmentally friendly practices by technical experts. Changes are made to the manufacturing process following the completion of technical advisory services. Through this process, Mongolian cashmere products have begun to provide for the luxury demands of global brands.”
The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Food, Agriculture, and Light Industry G.Batsuuri, Cooperation Team Leader of the Delegation of the European Union to Mongolia Pierre-Yves Lucas, agricultural attaché of the French Embassy Christophe Lancelot, Country Representative of AVSF Mongolia Guillaume Touati, CEO of National Federation of Pasture User Groups of Herders N.Gankhuyag and corresponding officials. Representatives of cooperatives of Gobi-Altai, Bayankhongor, and Arkhangai aimags and herders also participated in the discussion, introducing their work of preparing commodities for wool and cashmere products in environmentally friendly way.