CERTIFICATIONS FOUND IN OUR PRODUCTS
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria. GOTS certified textiles are traced to ensure that they follow GOTS organic standards within the entire supply chain; from the harvesting of raw materials to the social and ecological responsibilities of the companies in the manufacturing, packaging, and labeling processes, etc. all the way through to distribution and the end consumer.
GOTS is a global standard being recognized in all major markets throughout the world. Allowing processors and manufacturers to import and export their organic fibers and textiles with one necessary certification.
The end product having a GOTS certification must have at least 95% certified organic natural fibers, whereas a product that is labeled ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers. Some organic textiles may contain 95-100% organic fibers but they may have not been certified which does not mean they are not any less organic they just did not go through the certification process from ground to goods. Although, it is still always good to ask the manufacturer of organic goods if the processes that were used in the manufacturing, dyeing, print process, etc to make the product followed GOTS standards to insure its purity.
For more information on the GOTS environmental, technical, social and quality criteria click here: Global Organic Textile Standards
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns, raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, ready-made articles (all types of clothing, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry cloth items, textile toys and more).
OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances always focus on the actual use of the textile. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements to be met. The requirement for certification of textile products according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is that all components of an item have to comply with the required criteria without exception – that means in addition to the outer material also sewing threads, linings, prints etc. as well as non-textile accessories such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization that helps manufacturers to become a positive force within society and the environment while helping our industries to continually improve their products and how they are made.
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ mark provides consumers, regulators, employees, and industry peers with a clear, visible, and tangible validation of a manufacturer’s continual commitment to sustainability and to their communities.
Green America Certified – Certification for Green Businesses
Green America is a certification for businesses that are committed to using their business as a platform for social change and environmental sustainability. Operating as a ‘value-driven’ enterprise committed to exceptional practices that benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment. A Green America Certified business is always working towards continuous improvement and shows accountability of their practices by sharing full transparency in every area of their business.
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) is an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education.
WRAP is the largest independent facility certification program in the world mainly focused on the apparel, footwear, and sewn products sectors. All of our monitoring partners must undergo our comprehensive Lead Auditor Training program and follow-up with regular refresher courses. We also offer an Internal Auditor Course which teaches factory managers and workers how to make their facilities compliant with their 12 Principles. Additionally, WRAP has been a pioneer in Factory Fire Safety Training, offering the course in Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, India, and Southeast Asia.
Made in the U.S.A.
“Made in the U.S.A.” is not necessarily a global certification. A product that shows a badge of “Made in the U.S.A.” is stating that it meets the following criteria: The product must be made or assembled in the U.S.A. with all or ‘virtually all’ components being made in the U.S.A.. More specific to the textile and fashion industry, the product that is being sold as “Made in the U.S.A.” must be once removed from the seller’s manufacturing process.
Therefore, if a fabric manufacturer states that their fabric is “Made in the U.S.A.”, they are stating that the yarns used to make the fabric were also made in the U.S.A. If a yarn manufacture states their yarns were “Made in the U.S.A.” then the fibers used to make the yarns must also be from the U.S.A. And if an apparel manufacture is stating their garment is “Made in the U.S.A.” then the fabric that was used to make the garment must be made in the U.S.A as well. If, however, a manufacturer sews the garment in the U.S.A. but uses fabric that was imported from another country, the manufacturer must state for example that the garment was “Made in the U.S.A. of Imported Materials”, or “Made in the U.S.A. of fabric made in China,” or something of the like. Additionally, if a U.S. manufacturer uses imported greige goods that are dyed, printed, and finished in the U.S. those are also not qualified as “Made in the U.S.A.”
Hence, if you are looking for a product that is “Made in the U.S.A” those are some of the important details to look for.
The Fair Trade Certified Apparel and Home Goods program enables consumers to consider the social, economic and environmental bottom line when they shop. Apparel and home goods that carry this certified Fair Trade Label display the businesses commitment to ensuring better trade conditions and sustainability both socially and environmentally in their business practices. This program certification shows equitable global trade within the industry to both the workers who harvest the crops (such as organic cotton) as well as the workers who manufacture the products.
Businesses who follow fair trade practices ultimately help to empower workers in which they employ and do trade with while positively impacting their lives. Additionally, the result of fair trade practices helps businesses improve communities and protect the environment with their sustainable practices.
World Fair Trade Organization
The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a credible Guarantee System that adheres to the goals of Fair Trade – trade that delivers sustainable livelihoods and just economy, and helps Fair Trade Organizations, especially small producers, escape from marginalization.
WFTO fights against poverty and the inequalities in trade through a new Fair Trade system. The World Fair Trade Organization is not just a name and identity, it is an idea. WFTO believes Fair Trade is a global solution.
B-Corporation (B Corp) certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to food. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Collectively, B Corps lead a growing global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Through the power of their collective voice, one day all companies will compete to be best for the worldTM, and society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity for all.
Social Venture Network
Supports and empowers diverse, innovative leaders who leverage business to serve the greater good. Fostering high-impact collaborations that build a just, humane and sustainable world. Supporting and promoting innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders who contribute to the well-being of their employees, customers, investors, communities and the environment. Contributing to an ecosystem that enhances and supports these solutions and promotes a just sustainable economy.
UPF Rating 50+
Garments rated with a UPF of 50+ have the highest possible rating. Tests are completed and certified by independent laboratories and labeled with the appropriate standards.