Animal Welfare Policy
COZE AARHUS A/S (in the following referred to as Coze) has a long tradition of using natural materials. Even though we do not generally use many animal-related materials, there are a few products in our collection each season that are made of animal fibers as they are considered to be high quality materials with a long lifespan. Furthermore, such materials are sustainable as they are biodegradable as well as renewable resources.
Whenever animal fibers are used as part of our products, it is important to ensure that the animals have been treated with dignity and respect according to The World Organization for Animal Health (1) “Five Freedoms”:
1. Freedom from hunger, malnutrition and thirst
2. Freedom from fear and distress
3. Freedom from heat stress or physical discomfort
4. Freedom from pain , injury and disease
5. Freedom to express normal patterns and behaviour
Down, feathers, fur or exotic skins are not relevant for the product range of Coze and thus, are not used.
Leather is not banned; however, it is not used by Coze at present.
We can consider leather production, provided it is from high quality leather with documentation showing animal welfare is handled, and that the leather is a byproduct of or coproduct to food industry, and that the chemicals live up to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 demands.
Angora wool is banned in all the products at Coze, since we cannot guarantee an ethical treatment of the rabbits.
Wool is a long-lasting material. As it is biodegradable and requires considerably less washing/cleaning, we consider it a sustainable material. We use wool, but have strict demands to the welfare of the animals.
We accept only mulesing-free merino wool
Our suppliers of wool – which includes sheep, alpaca, cashmere and mohair – must document their animal-welfare policy and the origin of their wool
Coze will not use materials derived from species that appear on the list of CITES (2) and ICUN (3)
- The convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora
- International union for conservation of nature
The World Organization for Animal Health