Certification systems for ethical and eco-responsible clothing



More than ever, fashion seems to have mastered the use of terms like “green” and “clean”, but does that really mean that the clothes we buy are ethical, sustainable and environmentally friendly?

To avoid mistakes and be sure to choose brands and products that meet expectations, it can be helpful to look for trusted labels and green certification schemes that ensure strict standards for toxic substances, agriculture. organic, fair trade and respect for the environment. Here are five you can count on for a (truly) eco-responsible wardrobe.

Ban toxic substances


For almost three decades, the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex label has been recognized around the world and has ensured that textiles are free of harmful substances at every stage of production and processing. Here, the focus is on health protection, certifying that a given textile – a raw material or a finished product – will not harm the health of consumers. Several categories of textile products are covered by the device, with more stringent requirements for people in direct contact with the skin, not to mention articles for babies and children. The label now has other certification systems, such as Leather Standard.

For more information: Oeko-tex.com.

Favor organic textiles

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

Based on strict social and environmental criteria, the global GOTS standard guarantees the organic character of textiles, from raw materials to manufacturing and labeling. All GOTS certified products are made from organic fibers (95% minimum for level 1). But it is also about guaranteeing production processes that respect the planet, as well as working conditions and social criteria based on the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

For more information: Global-standard.org.


If a garment bears the bioRe Sustainable Textiles label, it is because it has been made from a large quantity of organic cotton produced in an ecological and fair manner, with full transparency over the entire production process. A traceability tool even allows access to a multitude of information on the textiles concerned. Among the many criteria guaranteed by the label are the absence of pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilizers for cultivation – not to mention toxic substances during the dyeing process – as well as commitments to farmers.

For more information: Biore.ch.

Limit the environmental impact

The European Ecolabel

The European Commission created this label almost thirty years ago. Although no label can yet guarantee that your clothes will have no impact on the planet, this certification scheme ensures that this impact is limited thanks to strict environmental standards at each stage of the life cycle of the dress, the pants or the T-shirt that will end up in your closet. In addition to limiting harmful substances, both for humans and the environment, this standard also aims to limit waste and carbon dioxide emissions, among other criteria. This label is used for clothing as well as for cosmetics, household products and even furniture.

For more information: Ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel.

Encourage fair trade

Fair Trade / Max Havelaar

Textiles, cosmetics, jewelry, flowers and food products can all obtain this label if they meet very strict specifications including social, environmental and economic criteria. Simply put, these products are produced according to the principles of fair trade, in that they help to maintain and improve the living and working conditions of farmers and producers in disadvantaged regions, especially in the southern hemisphere, while encouraging organic farming and preserving ecosystems. Note that the specifications may vary considerably depending on the sector and the country concerned.

For more information: Fairtrade.net.

This story was posted via ETX Daily Up.


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