Organic and Ethical Certifications
Numerous organic and ethical certifications exist in the fashion industry. Here are some that are really important to us.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. It includes both ecological and social criteria and is backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
GOTS certification covers a whole range of products including fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes, home textiles and mattresses.
Operators at all stages have to undergo an on-site annual inspection cycle and must hold a valid certification in order for the final products to be labelled as GOTS certified.
For product marking, the GOTS logo must always be accompanied by a reference to the applicable label grade, the approved certifier who certified the marked goods (e.g. certifier's name and/or logo) and the license number of the certified entity.
MASTERS OF LINEN®
MASTERS OF LINEN® is a registered mark and sign of excellence for linen 100% Made in EUROPE, from field to yarn to fabric.
The Masters of Linen® certification is available for European Spinners, Weavers and Circular Knitters who commit to supporting European industry, and to implementing strict traceability. They are audited every year by an external inspection body. By requiring the use of European Flax® fibre, the Masters of Linen® certification also addresses other sustainable and ethical considerations including sustainable production (no irrigation, no GM, no waste) and social responsibility (fibre production in compliance with International Labour Organization rules).
All of our linen fabric is Masters of Linen® certified.
The Belgian Linen™ quality label is an internationally registered trademark. The label was created to promote linen from Belgium, widely known as the world's finest linen.
To have the fabric certified as Belgian Linen™, it has to comply with these two rules:
- The linen fabric must be woven in a Belgium-based mill.
- At least 85% of the weight of the fabric must consist of flax grown in the EU.
Founded in 1928, the Irish Linen Guild is the official promotional organisation of the Irish linen industry. It is the global authority on Irish linen and the owner of the Irish Linen Guild trademark which can only be used to mark genuine Irish linen products such as linen yarn spun in Ireland and linen fabrics woven in Ireland by members of the Guild.
Forest Stewardship Council(FCS)®
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo on a wood or wood-based product is your assurance that it is made with, or contains, wood that comes from FSC certified forests or from post-consumer waste. There are three types of FSC label: 100%, FSC Mix or FSC Recycled.
Our swing tickets are made of FSC Mix certified materials.
OEKO-TEX® is a registered trademark, representing the product labels and company certifications issued and other services provided by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (which also calls itself Oeko-Tex for short).
The Oeko-Tex® Association issues the product-related labels: Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 100), Made in Green by Oeko-Tex (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus) and Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex, the label Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex for chemicals to be used in textile production, and the STeP by Oeko-Tex label (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 1000) and the Detox to Zero status report for production facilities.
Oeko-Tex® labels and certificates confirm the human-ecological safety of textile products and leather articles from all stages of production (raw materials and fibres, yarns, fabrics, ready-to-use end products) along the textile supply chain. Some also attest to the socially and environmentally sound conditions in production facilities.
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organisation and the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. They provide training on sustainable farming practices to more than 2.3 million cotton farmers in 23 countries. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.
Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) & Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) are international, voluntary standards that set requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The shared goal of the standards is to increase the use of recycled materials. The GRS includes additional criteria for social and environmental processing requirements and chemical restrictions.
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) & Woolmark
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) and Woolmark are the two most respected wool certifiers in the world. Both of these independent organisations have made it their mission to hunt down the world’s best wool and promote it into positions of prominence. At the same time, manufacturers that don’t follow strict standards will never receive RWS or Woolmark certifications, which helps you verify the quality of the wool products you’re considering.
Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA)
Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is the most widely used social audit in the world, enabling businesses to assess their sites and suppliers to understand working conditions in their supply chain.
SMETA assesses a site based on their organisation’s standards of labour, health and safety, environment and business ethics. It is designed to help auditors conduct high-quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice. Only audit companies (and their auditors) that meet a set of criteria set out by Sedex can conduct SMETA. These are known as a Sedex Affiliate Audit Company and are independent organisations from Sedex.
Our garment manufacturer Paula Borges is SMETA audited.