After understanding ‘Organic Food & Drinks and how to identify it’; we will discover here about Organic Clothing.
Organic is known for its purity and its health benefits. The word ‘organic’ always makes us think of food- fresh fruits, vegetables, salads and that’s it. Yes, believe it or not but there are many of us who are unaware of the fact that organic has grown beyond food and has become part of a regular life where we ‘Eat Organic, Wear Organic and Use Organic’
Adopting Organic Lifestyle means becoming healthier from inside out; eating healthier food, wearing skin friendly clothes, using non-chemical skin care and adopting new ways of cleaning and home care. Every small step that we take and every effort that we make will bring in a healthier and happier tomorrow.
Organic clothing is made from raw materials harvested on natural soil without GMO’s and the process of dyeing on the material is also inspected. Unlike, food and drinks where every country has its own regulations and symbols to recognize the authenticity of an Organic product; clothing is recognized using a certification which can be applied on finished clothing world-wide.
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The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to end customer. There are many standards which are established to recognize various aspects of organic clothing world-wide.
When we support Organic Clothing, we extend our support towards various organizations who have been working endlessly to ensure a healthier and happier environment for all people involved in the chain of manufacturing of a clothing. Supporting Organic Movement reduces farmer suicides, reduces child abuse through child labor, increases minimum wages and bring an opportunity to smile for all the people who are working towards making us look good.
Let’s discover and understand the different certifications required and the different logos/ symbols which we as end customers find on various clothing which are Organic.
We have shared here information about 6 different organizations who have their set of standards for different aspects of manufacturing of a clothing. From the soil where your organic cotton was harvested to people who stitched and packed your clothing.
Hope this information encourages you to support and promote Organic Clothing.
The list of 6 organizations:
GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard is a voluntary international standard for the processing of textiles containing organic fiber. GOTS addresses the entire post-harvest processing (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing) of apparel and textile products made with organic fiber.
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification GOTS accepted in all major markets.
As a textile processing standard, GOTS does not set its own criteria for organic farming but rather requires that the materials used must be of certified organic origin according to a recognized farming standard. Only textile products made from at least 70 percent (label grade “made with organic”) or 95 percent (label grade "organic") certified organic raw materials can become GOTS certified.
SOIL ASSOCIATION – Soil Association Certification engages with farmers, processors, caterers and crofters to bring our organic and ecological principles to life.
In the cases of finished organic clothing it is necessary to know if the organic fabric was made using raw material harvested on organic soil and that is where having a Soil Association Logo comes in. This is mainly for the UK & Scotland.
ECO-CERT – Ecocert is a certification body for sustainable development. The certifications issued by Ecocert are organic farming, natural & organic make up, natural & organic textiles, natural detergents and natural detergent made with organic to name a few.
Ecocert is based in France and is currently issuing certifications to over 80 countries.In 1997, ECOCERT was one of the first French companies to install its head office in bioclimatic buildings and insist on using only recycled paper.
The Group plans to strengthen its commitment by setting ambitious targets annually to reduce its environmental impact. ECOCERT also encourages the recognition of responsible practices in the areas of cosmetics, textiles, green spaces, etc. ECOCERT is committed to promoting environmentally and socially responsible activities.
OEKO-TEX – Confidence in Textiles
The International OEKO-TEX® Association stands for "Confidence in Textiles". As independent textile testing institutes, it works for enhanced product safety and sustainable production in the textile value chain through continuous improvement. OEKO-TEX®:
OEKO-TEX promises a passion for textiles, builds trust within the supply chain and with the customer; and ensures independent verification. OEKO-TEX provides certification in various fields of textile manufacturing, supply community, wastewater and sludge, chemical colorants etc.
FAIR TRADE – World Fair-Trade Organization is home to fair traders, producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesales & retailers who promote and support fair wages for employees. It is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and global economic crises.
The World Bank reports that more than one billion people still live at or below $1.25 a day. The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) believes that trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities especially for small and disadvantaged producers. Recurring global economic crises and persistent poverty in many countries confirm the demand for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally.
WRAP – Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production is an independent, non-profit team of global social compliance promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world.
The WRAP Principles are based on generally accepted international workplace standards, local laws and workplace regulations. The WRAP certification program’s objective is to ensure sewn products are bring produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions. The standards are:
Compliance with Laws and Workplace Regulations, Prohibiton of Forced Labor, Prohibition of Child Labor, Prohibiton of Harrassment and Abuse, Compensation and Benefits, Hours of Work, Prohibiton of Discrimination, Health and Safety, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, Environment, Customs Compliance, Security
All information published in this blog page is from various resources and has been compiled together to acknowledge and reinforce the use of Organic Products.