Almost: Max Studio's Cashmere & Soybean Sweater

One of TreeHugger's avid readers, Victoria E., sent us to Max Studio to check out a sweater that they have made from blending cashmere and soybean yarns. We like the details of it and really, really like that it's 85% soybean fiber. Even though the goats used to make this sweater aren't necessarily killed for their fur, we're still going to put it in the "almost" category because 60% of the world's cashmere does get shipped from China and several other countries. Here's a few quick facts on cashmere: 1.) It takes each goat four years to produce enough cashmere for one sweater. 2.) In order to collect the cashmere, each goat is combed by hand every spring. 3.) The fleece is then collected and sorted by hand. Apparently they've recently started breeding stock in the U.S., but we're not sure where the cashmere comes from to make these particular sweaters. Nevertheless, it is quite reasonable for being partially cashmere at $98. ::Max Studio