The most crucial part of becoming the better and more sustainable version of us is our partners and we can’t go ahead without mentioning and highlighting their role in our journey.
In modern times where advanced technology occupies part of the production, we optimize the quality of our cashmere for our customers, as well as for us as an opportunity to improve our production process and become even better at it.
Hircus Goat or Cashmere Goat
We call “Yamaa” in Mongolia
Hello! My name is little Alagaa. I live in the vast steppes of Mongolia where I graze with my family and my other animal friends. I like to eat greens, but I also enjoy eating pasqueflower at the beginning of spring which has a very refreshing and very minty taste. As a hobby, I like rock climbing and hopping over them with my friends and want to compete in the Olympics if there is one for animals.
Occasionally, my family human takes me to the doctor for a routine check-up which I find a little terrifying. But who isn’t afraid of doctors, right? Ahh, I forgot to mention I recently celebrated my 2nd birthday last winter. My hair started to grow a little rough, a little tight that I’m afraid it will be very uncomfortable on the hot summer days. I’m looking forward to having my hair-combed this spring. I heard it is scary at first, but when I get used to this it will be like a massage that people get and should make me feel good.
Greetings from beautiful Mongolia. As I get up from my bed, the darkness of the night is just about to wear down. The silhouettes of the mountains look threatening but also stunning. Every morning, I go out to milk my cows, open the door to my livestock fence and some of them choose to come out and just hang around the house. After that, I come back home to steam the expressed milk, boil the Mongolian milk tea then we have our breakfast. My husband usually goes out to let our sheep and goats graze which I think they enjoy a lot. What can be more enjoyable than leisurely grazing and eating the most delicious greens.
As our animals give us so much, from their milk to fibers, we strongly believe that we are lucky to be able to tend to them and we must let them live peacefully in their animal nature as they wish. Back at home, I and my children make the traditional dried curds and dairies. Around evening, my husband returns our livestock home and we get to have our dinner and our day pretty much ends just by the time the sun goes down with my family and animals going to sleep soundly.
The Green Gold projects
The Green Gold Project, in cooperation with the Mongolian Association of Pasture Users, aims to implement the “Sustainable and Traced Raw Materials” program from 2022. The livestock sector, with 45 million heads of livestock, is a pillar of Mongolia's national economy.
Nationwide, more than 140,000 herder households are engaged in pastoral livestock breeding. Therefore, the goal of the Green Gold Project is to support herder households in improving their livelihoods by building sustainable pasture management, improving herders' knowledge of pasture use technology, and supporting their access to markets. Under this program, by 2025, we will produce the final product from 100% sustainable and traceable raw materials.
The Sustainable Fiber Alliance is a non-profit international organization working with the extended cashmere value chain, from herders to retailers. SFA provides an independent, non-competitive platform that enables end-to-end cashmere value chain, non-government, and government organizations to come together with a common interest in ensuring sustainability in the cashmere industry.
SFA (Sustainable Wool and Cashmere Coalition) is globally known for supporting and working together to support the sustainability of natural and pasture resources, provide better living conditions for livestock, improve the efficiency of each participant in the supply of cashmere from pasture farms for producers and ensure sustainable development.It aims to create a sustainable cashmere industry in Mongolia.
GOBI Corporation is a member of SFA and has received a “SILVER CERTIFICATE” in 2020 and a “GOLD CERTIFICATE” in 2022 according to the “Best Practices for Processing Pure Cashmere Using Sustainable Methods” or the C003 standard provided by the International Coalition for Sustainable Wool and Cashmere
In 2021, the Sustainable Textile Industry and Eco-Marking Project (STEPECOLAB) in cooperation with the Mongolian Wool and Cashmere Association developed the “Voluntary Rules for Sustainable Textile Production”.
We have agreed to the terms of the Mongolian Sustainable Textile Production Code and have agreed to conduct environmentally friendly and sustainable production. In addition, Step EcoLab and Gobi Corporation work together and organize training to make sustainability an organizational culture.
The University of Life Sciences, Herders, and GOBI Corporation is into the 2nd year of implementing the “Sustainable Cashmere, a trilateral joint project”. The project aims to strengthen the link between manufacturers and herders in a more scientific way which will help improve the health, care, and breeding of an animal, to improve the quality of raw materials while also increasing the income of herder households by providing good practices in goat cashmere combing technology.