Our minimum criteria for fabrics

We assess the ecology and fairness along the whole supply chain of a product.

Raw material

(fiber cultivation or collecting of recycled materials)

Standards
Ecology
  • certified organic (natural fibers) or
  • certified organic-in-conversion (natural fibers) or
  • equivalent to organic (only in the case of hemp) or
  • certified recycled according to GRS equivalent standards (natural or synthetic recycled fibers)
Fairness*
  • fairtrade certified or
  • project-intern social standard

*A lack of social standards in the fiber production is unfortunately not yet a criterium for exclusion because almost no project is third-party certified for social compliance and/or can already prove that the fibers are produced in a social way. SA8000 standard covers only the rights of worker and employees which is not the case in contract-farming, individual farms or farmers cooperatives.

Production

(fiber processing to fabric sale)

Standards
Ecology
  • GOTS (natural fibers) or
  • IVN Best (natural fibers) or
  • Cradle to Cradle Gold or Platinum certified (natural or synthetic fibers)
  • GRS (synthetic recycled fibers)
  • or equivalents
Fairness
  • ILO SA 8000 (=GOTS, IVN, C2C minimum) or
  • Fairwear Foundation
  • or equivalent

 

Suitability for closing the loop*

(biodegradability or recyclability)

Standards
Ecology
  • Cradle to Cradle Gold or Platinum certified (natural or synthetic fibers)
  • or equivalents
Fairness
  • ILO SA 8000 (=GOTS, IVN, C2C minimum) or
  • Fairwear Foundation
  • or equivalent

*Biodegradability or recycleability are planned to be mandatory requirements soon. However, at the moment they are not (yet). The main reason is the lack of precise definitions and evaluation (e.g. in the case of material mix or regarding process chemicals).

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