Organic labels and certifications

Not easy to get by among all these labels that are alike. Here is a small recap of the main names to remember.

A garment with the GOTS label must contain at least 70 certified organic fibers. This label guarantees the organic character of textiles from the harvest of raw materials to labeling and includes everything that makes up the garment buttons, zippers, cords. …).

All elements going into production, such as dyes and adjuvants, must comply with a number of environmental and toxicological criteria.

It also requires compliance with social criteria in order to ensure the working conditions of employees.

The standard does not provide for criteria for leather products.


There are several certifications at Oeko-Tex. The standard 100 is the most widespread. It guarantees that the final product does not contain any of the products identified as dangerous for the health of the wearer of the garment. This is the most common certification at Oeko-tex.

However, this certification does not guarantee:

  • that the raw materials are organic. GMOs, pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not prohibited.
  • that hazardous chemicals are not used during production. They can be used as long as they are removed from the product prior to sale..

This standard does not cover the production stages. It is based only on the finished product.

This new Oeko-Tex standard verifies that an article has been tested for harmful substances. It also guarantees that the product has been manufactured using sustainable processes in environmentally friendly and socially responsible working conditions.

SA 8000 is the leading social certification standard for factories and organizations around the world. The SA 8000 standard analyzes working conditions according to nine important criteria. It reflects the relative provisions contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the conventions of the International Labor Organization ILO.OIT).

1.Child labor : prohibition of child labor; remediation of any affected child.

2.Forced labor : prohibition of forced labor; prohibition of deposits or retention of identity papers by the employer or external recruiters; prohibition of trafficking in human beings.ns.

3.Health and security : safe and healthy working environment; health and safety threat detection system; regular health and safety training for workers; access to clean sanitary facilities and potable water..

4.Freedom of association and the right to collective bargainings : the staff concerned have the right to form and join trade unions and to bargain collectively; when these rights are restricted by law, the company will allow workers to freely elect their own representatives..

5.Discrimination : prohibition of discrimination based on gender, race, social class, origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, family responsibilities, union or political affiliation, age; prohibition of sexual harassment.uel.

6.Disciplined : prohibition of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or insulting words.

7.Work time : compliance with applicable laws, but, in all cases, prohibition to exceed 48 hours of work per week with at least 1 day of rest following 6 consecutive days of work; voluntary overtime paid at a subsidized rate and not exceeding 12 hours per week; overtime may be compulsory if it results from a negotiated collective agreement.

8.Remuneration : the salary paid for an ordinary working week must be compatible with the law and industry standards and be sufficient to meet the basic needs of workers and their families and provide discretionary income.

9.Management system : management defines, disseminates and reviews a policy in accordance with SA8000 in matters of social responsibility; designation of a representative to ensure compliance with the policy; staff representation on matters relating to compliance with SA8000; management review of policy, procedures and results; adequate organization for the implementation of the standard, staff awareness and monitoring of objectives; selection, evaluation and control of suppliers and subcontractors; health and safety of subcontractors; treatment of non-conformities and corrective and preventive actions; communication with stakeholders.