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Seals & Certificates at a glance

Seals for sustainable fabrics and accessories have become innumerable by now. But which seal is given for which characteristic and criteria when it comes to sustainable materials? And which significance do the different certificates have?

Meet experts from international Certification Bodies at the MUNICH FABRIC START to exchange on the latest developments in the sustainability sector or to get advice on your questions. Informative presentations and panel discussions complete the ReSOURCE concept. 

Below we provide you with an overview of the most relevant standards and certificates. 

Seals & Certification Bodies

BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) aims to promote measurable improvements in the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide to make it more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. www.bettercotton.org

BLUESIGN
The basic idea of risk minimization according to bluesign® system is based on Input Stream Management, which means the elimination of hazardous chemical substances right from the beginning of the design and production processes. At the same time, the resource productivity will be optimized which leads overall to a minimum impact to people and the environment.
www.bluesign.com

BUSINESS SOCIAL COMPLIANCE INITIATIVE
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a code of conduct dealing with child labour, working hours, health and safety at work, such as environmental-friendly production.
www.bsci-intl.org

CONTENT CLAIM STANDARD
The Content Claim Standard (CCS) by Textile Exchange is a generic chain of custody standard which may be used to track and maintain the identity of any raw material from input to the final product. It can be used for any identified input material, and is intended to be used on a business-to-business basis. The CCS is used as the chain of custody system for all TE standards.
www.contentclaim.org

COTTON MADE IN AFRICA (CMIA)
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) is an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) that helps people help themselves through trade, improving the social, economic and ecological living conditions of smallholder cotton farmers and their families in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through training programs, Cotton made in Africa teaches the cotton farmers about modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly cultivation methods that help them improve the quality of their cotton, increase their yields, and thus earn a better income. www.cottonmadeinafrica.org/en

EU ECOLABEL
The aim of the EU Ecolabel standard is to encourage development, manufacturing and distribution with small environmental effects. It covers water effluent, air emissions, consumer safety, chemical residues and responsible water use.
www.eu-ecolabel.de

ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations, which improves the living conditions of the workers and their families. www.ethicaltrade.org

FAIRTRADE CERTIFIED COTTON
The independently controlled FAIRTRADE Certified Cotton Mark stands for social, economic and environmental standards that are met by Fairtrade cotton producer organizations. Fairtrade means stable minimum prices, additional social premiums for community projects and includes strict environmental standards. Fairtrade aims to improve the living and working conditions of over 55,000 certified cotton farmers in countries of the global South. Fairtrade standards exist for 16 product categories.
www.fairtrade.net

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit and independent organisation to support responsible forestry. Strict criteria are helping to avoid uncontrolled deforestation, violation of human rights and environmental burden. www.ic.fsc.org

GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria. The aim of GOTS is to define requirements that ensure the organic textile supply chain. The standard is valid for fibre, yarns, fabrics and clothes. Criteria for processing and manufacturing are i.e.

- The use of chemicals subject to certain requirements regarding their toxicity and bio-degradability

- All operators must comply with ecological standards including processes for waste reduction and disposal

- Based on the standards of the international Labour Organisation (ILO), all operators must comply with the social criteria established by ILO Textiles with the GOTS label “organic” must be made of a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres.

Textiles with the GOTS certification “made with organic” must contain a minimum of 70% of certified organic fibres. The remaining 30% may not exceeding 10% of synthetic fibres. (up to 25% for socks, leggings and sportswear).
www.global-standard.org

GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD
The Global Recycled Standard, v3 (GRS) by Textile Exchange verifies and tracks recycled materials as they move from input to the final product. The standard includes social and environmental requirements for processing, and restrictions on the chemicals which may be used in GRS products. It requires a minimum of 20% recycled material. The revised version of the standard (v3) was released in August of 2014. www.globalrecycled.org

IVN BEST
IVN BEST is a high-quality standard for organic textiles with strict ecological and social guidelines. The Standard covers organic farming, worker safety, consumer safety, social criteria and chemical residues. Textiles certified by IVN must contain 100% natural fibres from organic farming or organic animal husbandry. Man-made fibres are allowed on rare occasions for elastic textiles up to 5%. 

www.naturtextil.com

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®
Made in Green by OEKO-TEX® is an independent textile label for consumer articles and semi-finished products made with materials tested for harmful substances, made in environmentally friendly facilities and made in safe and socially responsible workplaces. A unique product ID in form of a number or QR Code on the label can be used to trace products and learn more about their production. www.oeko-tex.com/mig MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® The MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® database offers registered users from brand, retail, and manufacturing companies the opportunity to analyse and manage the sustainability of their entire supply chain by means of key performance indicators (KPIs).
www.oeko-tex.com/mystep

OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is a comprehensive, third-party certification system for textiles from all stages of production that are tested for harmful substances. www.oeko-tex.com

ORGANIC CONTENT STANDARD
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) by Textile Exchange is a standard for tracking and verifying the content of organically grown materials in a final product. The Organic Content Standard (OCS) applies to any non-food product containing 5-100% organic material. It verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product. It tracks the flow of a raw material from the source to the final product and this process is certified by an accredited third party. It allows for transparent, consistent, and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of organic material content claims on products.
www.organiccontent.org

PROGRAMME FOR THE ENDORSEMENT OF FOREST CERTIFICATION
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an independent organisation to ensure a sustainable forestry under ecological, social and economic standards. www.pefc.org

RECYCLED CLAIM STANDARD
The TE Recycled Claim Standard verifies the presence and amount of recycled material in a final product through input and chain-ofcustody verification from a third party. It allows for transparent, consistent, and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of recycled material content claims on products. www.recycledclaim.org


RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD
The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) by Textile Exchange allows companies to ensure that the down in their products comes from ethically treated geese. It ensures that down or feathers are sourced from responsibly treated geese, ducks, or other waterfowl, and tracks the material through the supply chain. The standard was developed in partnership with Control Union and the North Face, and a revision is currently underway by an International Working Group organized by Textile Exchange.
www.responsibledown.org

SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY 8000 STANDARD
The Social Accountability Standard (SA8000) is a social norm taking care of worker rights, working conditions, as well as human rights.
www.sa-intl.org

STEP BY OEKO-TEX®
STeP („Sustainable Textile Production“) by OEKO-TEX® is a thirdparty certification tool for businesses along the textile chain that want to analyse, assess and optimise their production facilities with respect to sustainable and socially responsible manufacturing conditions. Certification is possible for production facilities of all processing stages from fibre production, spinning mills, weaving/ knitting mills to finishing facilities and manufacturers of ready-made textile items.
www.oeko-tex.com/step

WRAP
WRAP is a social compliance standard administered by an independent, objective, non-profit team of global experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education.
www.wrapcompliance.org