The topic of sustainability is more present today than ever before and this naturally also in our company. Therefore, we pay attention to a conscious use of resources and a production under ecological and social conditions. Our articles have achieved various certificates. What these are and what they mean are explained below:
Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certificate is an international standard for products which specifies requirements for recycled materials, the supply chain as well as social and environmental criterias. The GRS provides a precise definition of the materials used. The focus is on transparency, correct working conditions and minimisation of chemical risks. The aim of the label is to increase the use of recycled materials in textiles. Textile companies must use at least 20 % of recycled materials in their fabrics in order to be allowed to use the GRS label. However, the GRS logo may only be used and displayed on a finished product if at least 50 % of the components of the product have been recycled. Both intermediate and finished products can be certified with the Global Recycled Standard. The certificate allows for full traceability, as companies record the exact percentage of recycled materials in a product and track it through the production chain. This helps to reduce the harmful effects of production on people and the environment.
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX label is one of the world's best-known labels for textiles that have been tested for harmful substances. The certificate ensures that all components of a textile have been tested for harmful substances. This includes all details such as threads, yarns, buttons and other accessories and even prints on textiles. End consumers can be sure that textiles with this label are safe for their health.
The Standard 100 label is suitable for textile products at all stages of processing. This can include baby textiles, clothing, home textiles or even decorative fabrics.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX label is divided into four different product classes. Product class 1 is subject to the strictest requirements and includes products for babies. Product class 2 includes all articles which come into direct contact with the skin, for example clothing. In contrast to this, product class 3 covers articles that have no or very little skin contact, for example jackets or belts. Finally, there is product class 4. This includes decorative materials such as curtains and upholstery fabrics.
In summary, the STANDARD 100 label is based on a strict catalogue of criteria, which is based on globally standardized testing methods and is updated annually.
Independent institutes guarantee the compliance and credibility of the certificate.
The "Green Button"
The "Green Button" seal is a government certificate, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and places the values of sustainability, social and ecological, first. A company must comply with at least 46 standards in the social and ecological context in order to be allowed to fix the seal directly to the textile. These standards include, for example, compliance with certain waste water limits and the prohibition of forced labour. The Green Button is based on four pillars. Social, Ecological, Governmental & Independent Certification. Among other things, this means decent working conditions. Furthermore, certain chemicals and plasticisers are banned. To create clarity and trust, the state sets the requirements and criteria for the Green Button. Finally, independent inspection bodies step in to ensure compliance with these conditions. What is special about the seal is that the whole company has to prove that it is fulfilling its responsibility. It is not enough to comply with the conditions only for certain products. So far, the Green Button only checks the production stages "cutting and sewing" and "bleaching and dyeing". However, the aim is to include other supply chain stages in the future. In addition, it is planned that every product bearing the Green Button will be equipped with a QR code or a link so that basic information on the inspected company and the certified article can be called up. The catalogue of criteria will also grow steadily and it is hoped that the accreditation programme will soon be completed at the state-run German Accreditation Body.