Ready for sweater weather? Reformation has you covered. The eco-fashion brand debuted on Wednesday a new collection of knits, derived from 100 percent alpaca from the Peruvian Highlands. Compared with other sweater yarns, alpaca has a small environmental footprint, according to the company. "While everyone loves the feel of cashmere, the global demand for the fabric has led to the overgrazing of goats in Mongolia, causing massive desertification," it says in a press release. "Our alpaca sweaters are just as soft as cashmere, but are much better for Mother Earth."
Reformation sources its fiber from small family-owned ranches. Because each alpaca is given an acre of land to graze on, it says, the grassland has time to regenerate. It also helps that the gentle grazers have soft hooves, which limit soil disturbance.
“Most importantly,” Reformation adds, “they’re sheared only once a year under humane conditions.”