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At UGG®, we want to bring transparency to the sheepskin used in our products.
Please take a moment to read through our FAQ below to learn about the standards we require for our sheepskin suppliers.
- What is Sheepskin?
- Where do you get the sheepskin used in UGG® products?
- Does UGG® practice responsible sourcing of sheepskin?
- Is the sheepskin used in UGG® products from sheep that have been mulsed?
- How do you ensure the traceability of the sheepskin used in UGG® products?
- Does UGG® use other animal hides in its products other than sheepskin?
1. What is sheepskin?
Like leather, which is the treated hide of a cow, sheepskin is the treated hide of a sheep. UGG® sources sheepskin from sheep that were raised for food.
UGG® does not raise sheep and only purchases sheepskin from suppliers that comply with our strict animal welfare policy.
2. Where do you get the sheepskin used in UGG® products?
There are two kinds of sheep farmers: farmers that raise sheep for wool and farmers that raise sheep for food.
The sheepskin in UGG® products comes from farmers that raise sheep primarily for food. For the farmer, approximately 90% of the value of a sheep is derived from selling the meat and less than 10% is derived from the sheepskin itself*.
*According to the American Sheep Industry Association
3. Does UGG® practice responsible sourcing of sheepskin?
Yes. UGG® only selects suppliers who meet our strict standards of ethical sourcing, including animal welfare.
UGG® requires all of our suppliers to use humane animal treatment in order to prevent animal abuse and animal cruelty.
UGG® believes that no sheep should ever be raised for their sheepskin alone.
4. Is the sheepskin used in UGG® products from sheep that have been mulsed?
No. UGG® believes mulesing is cruel and inhumane.
UGG® requires that our suppliers certify that the sheepskin comes from sheep have not been mulesed. Further, UGG® will only accept Merino wool from Australia from certified non-mulesed or ceased-mulesed wool sourcing.
5. How do you ensure the traceability of the sheepskin used in UGG® products?
UGG® buys sheep skin from tanneries. Before purchases are made, UGG® requires tanneries verify the sheepskin’s country of origin.
In support of countries that regulate the treatment of animals, UGG® only sources sheepskin from the following countries: Australia, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom and Spain.
One of the reasons UGG® only buys sheepskin from these countries is because they all have standards that regulate the treatment of animals.
UGG® does not source sheepskin from sheep raised in the Middle East or North Africa or from countries that do not have standards that regulate the treatment of animals.
6. Does UGG® use other animal hides in its products other than sheepskin?
UGG® has outlined all the materials it uses in its products here.
UGG® only uses animal hides that are a byproduct of another industry. In addition, UGG® has banned using angora in our products because of the way the rabbits are treated.
Further, because UGG® cares about our environment and the threat of deforestation, we require all tanneries supplying finished leather (cattle hides) to have a Leather Working Group certification and a level “A” rating in traceability. This ensures that the hides are not originating from farms involved in illegal deforestation.