To fall within a more responsible consumption pattern, brands must comply with strict environmental and social standards. The labels awarded by independent organizations are a token of reliability and quality. But between the mentions, the logos, and the tags that proliferate on products, it’s pretty easy to get lost!
Just like you, we like transparent and precise information. Let’s decrypt together the leading internationally renowned reference labels.
The Oeko-Tex label is the benchmark label which guarantees health security in the textile industry. An Oeko-Tex-certified product is free from harmful substances, either to human health or the environment. The inspection criteria are consistent internationally and undergo extensive trials. Note: The more the product is in contact with the skin, the higher the quality requirements are.
The GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) label is the reference certification for organic textiles, which ensures that a product was produced while respecting the environment and decent work conditions. But what does that mean specifically? The fibers used need to be of certified organic origin (from 70% to 95% depending on the targeted certification level). Then, each step of the production has to respect several environmental and social criteria including:
- the absence of chemicals harmful to health and the environment
- the minimization of waste
- the treatment of wastewater
- the prohibition of child labor and forced labor
- the decency of wages and working hours
- the abolition of discrimination
- the regularity of employment
The GRS label is an international label ensuring the content of recycled products. It certifies that each step of the recycling process was conducted in a constant concern for human life and the environment. The control shall cover the product composition, the quality of working conditions but also the efficiency of the means used to minimize the environmental impact: waste and wastewater treatment, absence of chemicals, reductions in water and energy consumption.
All GRS-labeled textiles contain at least 50% of recycled fibers.
The Fairtrade system promotes social and sustainable work within cooperatives of small-scale producers. A Fairtrade-certified product was designed in an effort of solidarity to support the workers. Among the objectives: providing the cooperatives a fair and stable price, a long-term partnership, eco-friendly and health-friendly working methods.
Special attention is given to the human and social aspect of work, primarily through the prohibition of child labor, the fight against all forms of discrimination, the regulation of working conditions, the freedom of association… Each cooperative is organized democratically and allows collective decision-making.
The Fair Wear Foundation is an independent organization which works to improve working conditions in the textile industry. Their challenge? The full application of a code of conduct (the “Code of Labor Practices”) in favor of all workers. The companies involved are committing to a gradual, transparent and monitored approach.
The Slow Cosmétique association is the first to reward beauty brands for the formulation of their products as well as the transparency of their marketing speech. On the basis of more than 80 criteria, an independent panel goes through the formulations and manufacturing processes, tracking down toxic components along with false promises.
By picking a Slow Cosmétique-labeled product, you’re offering your skin a natural product without chemical ingredients or controversial substances. You’re also pursuing a more sustainable consumption pattern, and taking the threats to the environment into consideration.