5 Sustainable Certifications & What They Mean
Sustainable certifications are also not mandated, and so brands who want to do the right thing in regards to sustainability must opt in to various organisations and audit processes.
We have broken down 5 ethical and eco-friendly certifications and what they mean so that you can be more informed when you shop, and can get a bit of an understanding what goes on behind the scenes to obtain different certifications.
The Ethical Clothing Australia accreditation ensures that their members Australian supply chains are fully transparent and legally compliant. They Map Australian businesses supply chains all the way from from the design, pattern making, cut, make trim stage to dispatch. These audits are conducted by the Textile, clothing & footwear (TFC) Union.
The Oeko-Tex standard lets you know that the textiles you are buying don't contain any toxic chemicals. The Oeko- Tex system has four tiers and includes illegal chemicals, chemicals that are legal but which are considered harmful to health and chemicals considered generally safe, and chemicals that are safe. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 can be used over various production phases and the testing is done by independent inspectors.
The Ethical Trading Initiative launched to better oversee manufacturing centres to protect workers rights in global supply chains. All members agree to adopt the ETI base code of labour practice which is based on standards of the International Labour Organisation which stipulate the following :
1. Employment is freely chosen
2. Freedom of association
3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
4. Child labour shall not be used
5. Living wages are paid
6. Working hours are not excessive
7. No discrimination is practiced
8. Regular employment is provided
9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
Sedex is one of the worlds leading ethical membership organisations that help organisations to improve global working conditions and supply chains.
The SMETA Audit is one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world. It audits all aspects of business practice including Labour, health, safety, environment and business ethics.
GOTS is a worldwide textile processing standard for organic fibres, it includes social and ecological criterial which is supported by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from organic natural fibres.