Nowadays it's increasingly difficult to know which brands are truly sustainable and which ones are greenwashing. A good way to find out is to take a look at their certifications.
It's important to know what they mean so you can shop with confidence. That's why we've put together a list with the most important certifications when it comes to materials, factories, and brands as a whole.
Fairtrade advocates for the protection of the rights of farming and worker communities all around the world. If a product carries the Fairtrade mark it means they are produced by meeting social, economic, and environmental standards agreed upon internationally.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) sets the standard for textiles made from organic fibres. GOTS certified products adhere to strict environmental and social criteria, and must contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres. GOTS defined world-wide recognised requirements from the harvesting of the raw materials to labelling.
The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) are international, voluntary standards that set requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The shared goal of the standards is to increase the use of recycled materials. The GRS includes additional criteria for social and environmental processing requirements and chemical restrictions.
The Responsible Wool Standard is an industry tool designed to recognize the best practices of farmers, ensuring that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly. On farms, the certification ensures that sheep are treated with respect and also ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land.
If a business is labelled as a Certified B Corporation it means that it has been recognised as a corporation that is playing its part in driving positive change towards a more sustainable economy. Certified B Corps balance profit and purpose, are completely transparent, and meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance.
Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization working to decrease global carbon emissions. They help brands decrease their emissions with their streamlined, trusted certification process and clear measurements. Climate Neutral Certified brands are taking the lead. By measuring, offsetting, and reducing their footprints, these brands are setting the standard for corporate climate action.