We work with following Quality Labels:
European Flax® is the qualitative visa of premium European linen fiber for all applications. It preserves, highlights
and safeguards a uniquely European agriculture and industry, its regional origins and its inherent non-relocatable know-how. An ambitious global label that aims to be recognized by the final consumer. The English word "flax" has been purposefully chosen: it translates the notion of the "linen fiber", and is more appropriate than the generic word "linen" whose definitions take in thread, linen textiles and home-ware textiles. The term "all applications" encompasses all the employed uses and products with a linen fiber base, as much fashion and home textile as high-performance technical products, such as composite materials. The European Flax® Charter, signed by all the linen producers, guarantees a level of local farming that respects the environment: zero irrigation, zero gmo, zero waste. It fits flawlessly into the cycle of good environmental practices promoted by the label Cradle to Cradle. Its users undertake to comply with the label's objectives:
-to certify a guarantee of transparency and security for each stage of production - from seed to fiber to be a brand -open
to all prospective potential: a qualitative visa European flax fiber that anticipates and participates in the opening of new markets for fashion, lifestyle, home and technical opportunities
-to participate in the entry into new geographical markets
-to preserve the agricultural product
-to establish the role of flax as a natural vegetable fiber helping to protect eco-systems through the best cultivation practices
European Flax® linen fiber is the raw material for the majority of CLUB MASTERS OF LINEN® companies.
More information on The European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC)
The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate
and end products at all stages of production. Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns,
raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, ready-made articles (all types of clothing, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry cloth items, textile toys and more).
Testing for harmful substances includes:
legally regulated substances
known harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicals
as well as parameters for health care
In their entirety the requirements clearly exceed existing national legislation.
The requirement for certification of textile products according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is that all components of an item
have to comply with the required criteria without exception – that means in addition to the outer material also sewing threads, linings, prints etc. as well as non-textile accessories such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.
More information on OEKO-TEX
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from
organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarized in this section.
More information on GOTS
The Global Recycle Standard (GRS) was originally developed by Control Union Certifications in 2008 and ownership was passed to the Textile Exchange on 1 January 2011. The GRS is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices and chemical restrictions.
The GRS is intended to meet the needs of companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products (both finished and intermediate) and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims and good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimized. This includes companies in ginning, spinning, weaving and knitting, dyeing and printing and stitching in more than 50 countries.
More information on GRS
Better Cotton is the world’s leading sustainability initiative for cotton. Our mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment.
Cotton is one of the world’s most important renewable natural resources. Safeguarding the growing and production of it is essential. In 2005, as part of a ’round-table’ initiative convened by WWF, a group of visionary organisations came together to make sure it had a sustainable future. Initial support came from organisations such as adidas, Gap Inc., H&M, ICCO Cooperation, IKEA, International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Organic Exchange, Oxfam, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK and WWF.
In just over 10 years we have become the world’s largest cotton sustainability program. Our mission: to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. We recognize the size of the challenge. The environment is in danger, climate change at a tipping point, and the majority of cotton farmers and farm workers are in some of the world’s poorest, worst affected countries. The global pandemic has compounded the difficulties.
Membership number 1018520-1
More information on BetterCotton