While a garment can be claimed to be made from organic materials, certifications will prove that sustainable practices are actually being followed in the production process of the garment. It is sometimes known to be somewhat of an alphabet soup, so let us break it down for you!
GOTS is the world’s leading organic fibre certificate, often associated with organic cotton. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain - from farming the cotton, to the final assembling of garment, as well as addressing social criterias within the supply chain. At least 70% of the fibres need to be organic as per GOTS standards, in order for the final textile product to be called GOTS certified. In order to be GOTS certified, regular audits must be carried out by certified third party inspection bodies.
OCS (Organic Content Standard) provides third party assurance that the organic content in your clothes can be traced back to source, while GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) traces the organic content in your clothes and ensures that it is processed socially and sustainably.
All Jun-I t-shirts hold GOTS certificates.
One of highest levels of certification in ethical fashion, but also in ethical trading. It is about making sure farmers and workers get a fair pay, and treated with respect. It’s a way of addressing sustainability by making sure the production process is as fair and sustainable as possible. You can read more about Fairtrade here.
You can shop our Jun-I Fairtrade range here
This certification ensures that any chemicals used during the production process are not harmful to the end user, meaning they will not cause rashes or any other discomfort when wearing the clothes. The most common standard is Standard 100 OEKO TEX, which assures that European and US product safety laws are followed in production of garments.
Read more www.oeko-tex.com
Worth keeping in mind is, that while all these certifications stand for good, they can also be very expensive to hold. While a small designer or brand may strive to follow the standards of these certifications, it might not be possible to pay for the official certifications at early stages of business - however it doesn’t mean that the standards aren’t met. If shopping from a smaller brand, take the opportunity to ask questions, and look out for wordings like “Low-impact manufacturing”, “Low impact dyes” or similar.
OTHER CERTIFICATIONS WORTH MENTIONING
The ones mentioned above are recognised as the leading, most common certifications. However there are plenty more, below are a handful more that we think are worth mentioning.
Ethical Trading Initiative is an alliance of companies, trade unions, and NGO's promoting respect for workers rights around the globe. Each members must submit an annual report demonstrating improving standards throughout their supply chain. Find out more from www.ethicaltrade.org
WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production)
An independent, not for profit organisation which runs a certification scheme to show compliance to its 12 principles. WRAP is principally concerned with the manufacturing of clothing (rather than for example cotton farming) and working conditions within. It carries out audits as well as self assessments that are submitted to WRAP.
Find out more from www.wrapcompliance.org
Fair Wear Certified The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers. A strong certification during the manufacturing process, although the cotton farmers are not included in the monitoring. Find out more from www.fairwear.org
“The Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.” The Charity has a wholly owned subsidiary Soil Association Certification Limited, the UK’s largest organic certification body. The Soil Association wants to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare, environmental and wildlife protection, so we have our own higher – or stricter – standards in key areas.