The textile supply chain is a complex beast with many different streams. One single cotton T-shirt will need to go from cotton picking, to ginning, to spinning and knitting, into factories for sewing before it is labelled, packaged and shipped to our warehouse. Even then, we haven’t started to look at the thread or if there were any buttons or prints involved in the garment.
As supply chains are so complex, we need certifications that help assure us of what actually went into our garments. Our prioritised and most used certifications are GOTS, GRS, OCS, Oeko-Tex® standard 100 and FSC.
GOTS – GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD
This is one of the strictest global standards for organic materials, and it certifies a product from raw material to finished product. Fibres are sent to laboratories to verify no pesticides or genetically modified seeds went into the agriculture, and that no hazardous chemicals were involved in the production.
OCS – ORGANIC CONTENT STANDARD
GOTS requires 70-95 % organic fibres in the composition of a product. Where we mix the organic fibres with for example Modal® or Tencel®, we use OCS to assure there is organic content in the fabric.
GRS – GLOBAL RECYCLING STANDARD
Like GOTS, GRS traces the product from raw material to finish, and includes criteria on banning hazardous chemicals. It is the strictest standard for recycled materials on the market.
The Fairtrade certification assures cotton farmers get a fair pay for their cotton, regardless of what the price is on the global market. The cotton farmers also get a premium which they can choose to spend on developments in their local community, such as schools, roads or better tools.
FSC – FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
Most of our materials derived from wood are FSC certified. This means the materials come from un-threatened and responsible forested woods and plantations.
OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100
Oeko-Tex ® Standard 100 is an additional control we use to ensure that our materials are healthy for nature, worker and user. The independent chemical tests give us an extra assurance that our products are free from harmful chemicals, in addition to our own even stricter chemical management system.