CERTIFICATIONS

Certifications and logos can be confusing and misleading. Here’s our guide to the ones our most popular garments have:

Global Organic Textile Standard

‘GOTS’ is a world-wide recognised certification that environmental and social responsibility has been taken throughout all parts of the manufacturing process- from the raw harvesting of materials out in the fields, to the individual sewing up of a garment in a factory.

More information: www.global-standard.org

Soil Association

The Soil Association is a not-for-profit control body which, being the largest in the UK, awards businesses and products 100% Organic certification. Garments and fabrics with the Soil Association logo mean that the cotton has been grown organically without the use of harmful pesticides or GMO’s- which is better for the environment. No harmful chemicals are used during the production of the fabric, the social conditions in the textile factories are high and organic textiles are safe for the wearer- with no allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemicals in them.

More information: www.sacert.org

USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture certifies organic food production through their National Organic Program (NOP). Organic cotton is certified via independent certification bodies, which adhere to the basic organic farming principals of the NOP but are more specifically tailored to organic cotton production.

A large proportion of Anvil’s organic (and transition cotton) is certified by the Texas Organic Marketing Coop who require that producers meet the National Organic Standards of the NOP. They inspect and certify producers, processors, handlers (warehouses, distributors, brokers) and retailers of organic products. They set out allowed and prohibited inputs, prohibiting all synthetic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides, encouraging natural and balanced alternatives. They set out regulations for boundaries and buffer zones to prevent non-organic infiltration of crops and recommend balanced and rotational crop management.

More information: www.ams.usda.gov & www.texasorganic.com

Oeko-Tex

Recognisable by it’s ‘Confidence In Textiles’ label, ‘Oeko-Tex Standard 100’ certifies that the fabric does not contain any harmful substances or chemicals which might cause harm to the skin or health of the wearer.

The ‘Oeko-Tex Standard 1000’ label further certifies that no environmentally damaging auxiliaries and dyestuffs have been used in production, energy consumption is optimsed, child labour is prohibited, noise and dust pollution is minimal, and the basic elements of an environmental management system have been introduced.

More information: www.oeko-tex.com

Fair Wear Foundation

The Fair Wear Foundation’s mission is to improve working conditions and the lives of employees in factories where the cutting and sewing of garments takes place.

The Fair Wear Foundation verifies whether companies are complying to the following ‘Code Of Labour’ practices:

Employment is freely chosen, there is no discrimination in employment, no exploitation of child labour, workers have the right to form and join trade unions, the factory pays workers a living wage, no excessive working hours, safe and healthy working conditions and no ‘labour-only’ contracting arrangements; ensuring regular employment or opportunities to learn real skills- younger employees will be offered education and training programmes.

More information: www.fairwear.org

WRAP

The Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production programme is a non-profit independent organisation, which ensures workplaces manufacturing garments and sewn products comply with international standards for lawful, humane and ethical production. There are 12 principles manufacturers must practice to be gain a WRAP certification and certificates are re-evaluated every six to 12 months. Principles include: Compliance with local laws and workplace regulations, no forced labour, no child labour, no discrimination, a workplace free of harassment and abuse, a safe and healthy workplace and the right to belong to a union.

More information: www.wrapcompliance.org

Carbon Fund

The Carbon Fund is a US based auditing and carbon offsetting body which helps companies to determine a product’s carbon footprint by looking into the product life cycle from production, to consumer use, to disposal. Then, by a mixture of reduction and offsetting programs through reforestation, energy efficiency and investing in renewable energy, the body certifies a product as Carbon Free.

More information: www.carbonfund.org

Carbon Label

The Carbon Reduction Label certifies that a brand is actively working with the Carbon Trust to reduce the carbon footprint of a product or range. The carbon footprint of a product is calculated from the amount of energy used during the life of the product- from manufacturing the raw materials, retailing and use of the consumer right up to it’s disposal. Businesses can then work with the Carbon Trust to see where energy consumption can be reduced- such as using green energy to manufacture products (solar and wind power), less, or more environmentally-friendly packaging, better distribution and storage. All these things can reduce the carbon footprint of their goods over a period of time.

More information: www.carbon-label.com