Certifications for sustainable products are a way for consumers to make more climate protection and sustainability choices when shopping. Certification offers buyers orientation and, at the same time, manufacturers the opportunity to address new customer groups. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware that everyone can do something to protect the environment and mitigate climate change. Independent and neutral certification companies can help make the transition to a circular economy by building consumer trust. We have compiled an overview of important seals here. You will find the corresponding reference to existing certifications of products and the associated manufacturers in our product descriptions.
PETA-Approved Vegan is a logo that helps consumers identify vegan fashion without animal suffering. It is used to identify textiles that do not contain animal materials such as fur, leather, silk or wool. The certificate is used by more than 1,000 companies to highlight clothing, accessories, furniture and home decor made from vegan alternatives to animal materials such as leather, fur, silk and feathers. PETA Germany has been presenting the "Vegan Fashion Award" since 2013 as an award for labels and products that show that fashionable, innovative and sustainable clothing and accessories are also possible vegan.
The Green Button is a government seal for sustainable textiles. It is the first seal to systematically check whether companies take responsibility for complying with human rights and environmental standards in their supply chains. For example, the seal prohibits the use of hazardous chemicals and plasticizers and sets binding limits for wastewater in production. As a government seal, the Green Button combines requirements for textiles and for the entire company for the first time. Only if the product and the company comply with all the requirements can the Green Button be awarded .
Green Button Products
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving working conditions in the garment industry. FWF works with apparel brands, garment workers and industry leaders to improve working conditions in textile factories. FWF operates in eleven manufacturing countries around the world: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Macedonia and Serbia, as well as Turkey and Romania. FWF has developed a code of conduct based on eight labor standards that member companies must adhere to. FWF also conducts independent audits and provides training and advice.
Source: Fair Wear Foundation
Blue Sign Partner
A bluesign® PARTNER is a company that is committed to the bluesign® SYSTEM and works with bluesign® APPROVED textiles . The bluesign® SYSTEM supports suppliers and manufacturers in their sustainable, resource-conserving production of clothing and textiles through on-site assessments and implementation of the bluesign® SYSTEM . The system primarily aims at resource conservation, minimizing environmental impact and workplace safety by avoiding substances in the textile industry that are hazardous to the environment and health . A bluesign® PARTNER can also be a bluesign® SYSTEM PARTNER who has committed to implement the bluesign® SYSTEM throughout its supply chain .
Blue Sign Partner Products
Blue Sign Product
A bluesign® PRODUCT is a product offered by brands that have committed to the bluesign® SYSTEM. A sustainable product of this type consists of at least 90% bluesign® APPROVED textiles and 30% bluesign® APPROVED accessories. The goal is to achieve components that are 100% bluesign certified. The bluesign® SYSTEM supports suppliers and manufacturers in their sustainable, resource-saving production of clothing and textiles through on-site assessments and implementation of the bluesign® SYSTEM. Source: www.bluesign.com
The system primarily aims to protect resources, minimize environmental impact, and ensure workplace safety by avoiding substances in the textile industry that are hazardous to the environment and human health.
Blue Sign Products
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a certification system for textiles made from organically produced natural fibers . The standard sets requirements for the entire supply chain, including the processing and manufacturing of textiles . The requirements include environmental criteria such as the use of chemicals and wastewater treatment, as well as social criteria such as compliance with labor rights and fair wages . The GOTS is an internationally recognized standard and is used by many companies and organizations worldwide .
OEKO-TEX® is an independent testing and certification system for textiles at all stages of processing . The OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 certificate certifies that a textile product has been tested for harmful substances and does not contain any substances that are hazardous to health . The standard sets limits for various harmful substances, including heavy metals, pesticides and formaldehyde . The OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 is an internationally recognized standard and is used by many companies and organizations worldwide .
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary environmental label of the European Union that identifies products that meet high environmental standards . The label is awarded to products that are environmentally friendly throughout their life cycle . The requirements include criteria such as the use of chemicals and waste disposal , as well as social criteria such as compliance with labor rights and fair wages . The EU Ecolabel is an internationally recognized environmental label and is used by many companies and organizations worldwide.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a certification system for products that are sustainable in terms of materials, production and recycling . The system sets requirements for the entire supply chain, including the processing and manufacturing of products . The requirements include environmental criteria such as the use of chemicals and waste management, as well as social criteria such as respect for labor rights and fair wages . The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ certificate is awarded to products that are evaluated in five categories: Material Health, Recyclability, Renewable Energy and Carbon Management, Water Management and Social Justice.