Intent of the SFP
The SFP is a production and processing Standard that was designed in 2012 to address the need for a comprehensive and inclusive program on natural fibers. It is built around three main pillars: agricultural, animal husbandry and processing pillars and requires compliance with eight sections total, including general principles, quality control, social criteria, safety & hygiene, and inspection of smallholder farmer groups. In scope of the SFP is the entire chain of custody, from farm, ginning, spinning, fabric and other manufacturing processes all the way to the brand/retail/wholesale level.
High-level Feedback Themes
- Sustainable / natural fibers are such a diverse topic that a single standard can hardly cover it all.
- ‘Sustainable’ means different things to different people. Need to specify what it means.
- Opportunity to create an umbrella standard with a broader look at fibers that uses the nomenclature of ‘preferred fiber’, rather than keeping the scope on natural fibers alone.
- Duplicates existing certification themes (many with stronger propositions).
- Needs work to lead to better impact.
The SFP provides a great opportunity to incentivize conversion to organic agriculture and to determine good, better, and best practices on the farm level. As a result, Textile Exchange is exploring opportunities to further develop the Sustainable Fiber Program into a tool to address our Climate+ goals.