GOTS, Oeko Tex, PETA Vegan Approved … there are many textile certifications. Let's see the most important to know!
The world of sustainability is wide and varied and it is very difficult to recognize who is really doing a job that does not harm the planet and who lives there and who instead does only greenwashing. In this sense, certifications can be of great help. Let's see some that it is good to know and, if possible, look for the fabrics we buy.
You got it right, I said fabrics in a broader sense, not "clothing". In fact, these certifications can also be found on towels, sheets and more generally on anything made of textile fiber. In this regard, on the website of the Icea certification body, we read that the certifications are attributed to "fibers, yarns, fabrics, clothing, textile accessories, textile toys, household linen, mattresses and bed linen, and products for the personal care (make-up remover wipes, absorbents, etc.) ": pay attention to it and don't settle for the simple label that says" organic cotton "!
Textile certifications: GOTS
The GOTS certification, acronym for Global Organic Textile Standard, is probably the most complete of all, since it combines both the environmental and social sustainability components. Basically, it is responsible for certifying that the fabric has not only been cultivated in a careful way not to damage the environment and respect the soil, but also that the people involved in the process have been paid fairly and that their health is not been put at risk.
Textile certifications: OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
This certification guarantees that the garment we are holding, from the yarn to the buttons, to the prints, to the zips, does not contain anything harmful to human health. It has different levels of certification, more or less stringent depending on whether the garment is intended for children (think baby underwear) or is in direct contact with the skin (such as curtains or anoraks). .
Textile certifications: PETA – Vegan approved
PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is an international non-profit association that supports animals, paying particular attention to the food industry, the clothing sector, any tests on animals and those used for entertainment. The "vegan approved" products do not contain leather, fur, wool, silk or other fabrics of animal origin.