Fair Wear Foundation
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is a non-profit organization that, together with its member companies and other partners such as trade unions, NGOs, factories, business associations and governments, pursues a clear goal: to improve working conditions in the garment industry.
To create long-term solutions, FWF works at different levels: It regularly reviews, evaluates and publicly reports on the progress made by member companies. This includes on-site inspections at production facilities and interviews with workers. On the other hand, the FWF also reviews the business practices of the companies and their influence on working conditions at the production sites.
We source our raw textiles (unprinted textiles) directly from Fair Wear Foundation certified manufacturers. This gives us the possibility to be sure that all standards are met.
GOTS - Global Organic Textil Standard
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. This standard distinguishes textiles that have been processed from organically produced natural fibers. Independent certifications are awarded along the textile supply chain. In this way, all steps are to be subjected to control. The GOTS defines these environmental requirements, as well as the social criteria to be met.
One goal is the sustainable production of textiles. For this purpose the international working group of the GOTS wants to define requirements and criteria, which concern the entire supply chain, extraction and production of the textiles. The aim is to obtain textile raw fibers, or natural fibers. In addition, their goal is an environmentally friendly production, as well as the tested labeling of the textile end products. With this certification, they want to give the consumer security, with a seal that is recognized in relevant markets.
The GOTS covers various steps from the extraction to the distribution of a product. These include:
GOTS control stipulates that textiles must consist of at least 70% organically produced natural fibers. This includes products made of textile fibers such as yarns, clothing, fabrics or home textiles. First of all, national and international standards must be complied with in the organic cultivation. A textile product that bears the GOTS label Bio or kbA/kbT must consist of at least 95% organically produced natural fibers. Other products labeled as made from x% organic fibers must still be made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibers.
A number of other GOTS criteria apply to production, these are:
- Products made from organically produced natural fibers must be treated separately from other fibers in all production steps and must be clearly recognizable.
- Chemical additives may only be used if they have been previously tested and meet certain requirements in terms of toxicity or biodegradability.
- Chlorine bleach is prohibited, only oxygen-based bleaching agents may be used.
- Azo dyes are prohibited.
- Etching printing processes as well as plastisol printing processes are prohibited.
- The factories must have their own environmental protection program, for example waste and waste water should be limited.
- The final packaging material must not contain PVC. If the packaging is made of paper or cardboard, it must be certified according to the FSC or PEFC guidelines.
There are also a number of minimum social criteria that must be met. These include, for example: safe and hygienic working conditions, minimum wage, prohibition of child labor, regular employment, prohibition of inhumane treatment and excessive working hours.
We source our raw textiles (unprinted textiles) directly from GOTS certified manufacturers. This gives us the possibility to be sure that all standards are met. Ebeso our printing inks for our motifs are GOTS certified. This way we make sure that our complete product line from textiles meets the GOTS standards.
OCS (Organic Content Standard)
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) applies to products, other than food, that contain 95-100 percent organic material. It allows the content and amount of organic material in a final product to be recorded and the raw material to be tracked from source to final product.
For the OCS 100, it independently verifies that a final product contains the exact amount of a specific organically produced material. The OCS thus enables transparent, consistent, and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of the accuracy of claims about the content of organic materials in a product. OCS 100 captures the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of a product that contains at least 95 percent certified organic material. It can be used as a B2B tool to give companies confidence that they are selling and buying quality products.
We source our raw textiles (unprinted textiles) directly from OCS certified manufacturers. This gives us the possibility to be sure that all standards are met.