Six Essential Certifications ensure the ethical and organic source of your baby Clothing

Six Essential Certifications ensure the ethical and organic source of your baby Clothing

Six Essential Certifications ensure the ethical and organic source of your baby Clothing

Before your baby wears organic clothes or play with certified toys, Rest assured that these items have undergone a rigorous monitoring and testing process to carry the organic label and become certified.

The goal of organic clothing certifications is to establish globally recognized requirements that assure the organic status of textiles besides the ethical and safe source of the item.

Global organic clothing certifications either incorporate social standards that guarantee worker rights and fair-trade practices or address the core environmental concerns; some standards include both aspects.

The Global Organic Textile Standard

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

GOTS is the leading global standard of products made at sustainable and ethical manufacturing facilities, without using synthetic pesticides, PVC, and heavy metal phthalate dyes.

Different eco-labels for garments and textiles either cover raw materials and chemical finishes or address labor standards.

However, the comprehensive GOTS certification is the only program that includes all those aspects together. All are verified regularly by a third-party independent GOTS-approved certification institution.

How does GOTS become the most Comprehensive global standard of organic textile?

GOTS verifies the full processing chain, from farm to store, including on-site audits and residue testing.

The GOTS quality assurance system is based on yearly on-site inspections for operators ranging from post-harvest processing through garment manufacturing, along with wholesalers of exporters and importers.

 For the final goods to be labeled as GOTS certified; It must have a valid accreditation for the whole textile supply chain.

What does that mean? With GOTS, every stage of the process guarantees human and environmental safety on both a local and global scale, even down to the tiniest elements, such as hangtags.

Environmental impact:

Every step of the production process must fulfill stringent regulations to ensure minimizing the environmental footprint and reducing the carbon emissions.

Safest production and Finest Quality:

:Raw materials, intermediates, finished textile items, and accessories must all adhere to rigorous restrictions. GOTS Certified Fabric demands that dyes are biodegradable and non-toxic and that the finished product never includes allergies or harmful chemical residues. The fibers must be cultivated organically, and the textiles must fulfill environmental and health standards throughout the manufacturing process.

Social standards and ethical Manufacturing:

All producers must adhere to the International Labor Organization (ILO) essential requirements. All manufacturers must have social compliance management. To guarantee that the social standards are constantly followed.

At Baby Isilme, we choose The GOTS Certification since it is the world's highest standard

When you purchase organic clothing, you can be certain that you are receiving what you paid for. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Label ensures a sustainable and ethical production process that is strictly managed at each level and accredited as chemical-free, respecting the environment and the end-user.

To guarantee that the GOTS standard is maintained, the facilities where clothing is manufactured are checked on an annual basis.

Fairtrade

Fair trade logo

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade, as a movement or as a certification body, seeks to make trade fair by providing an alternative business model.... while fair-trade, is also a requirement of GOTS Certification.

Fairtrade is an independent product certification process that involves a thorough audit of fair-traded practices throughout the whole textile chain. This includes aspects such as social development and equality to raise living standards for everyone engaged, hence improving social and environmental welfare.

We think that all workers participating in manufacturing your baby clothing have equal rights to be paid properly, treated fairly, and work in safe circumstances.

When can the business be described as Fairtrade? In other words, what are the major fair-trade practices?

Supporting Small Producers
Encouraging The small-scale producers who do not rely heavily on the hired labor and depend on their efforts to manage their business. Where profits and incomes are divided equally among the producers.

Moreover, all should have the ability to participate in the decision-making process.

Protecting Hired Labor
By setting requirements that ensure meet the highest labor standards like guaranteeing the workers’ rights to join an independent union and negotiate their working conditions collectively.

With fair trade, There is no forced or child labor, and Working conditions are equal for all workers involved. Also, Salaries must be at least equal to or higher than the Fairtrade stated minimum wage.

Fairtrade requires applying suitable safety and health measures to prevent workplace injuries.

Promoting Trade Standards
Enhancing the trade standards at fair trade comes through paying a price higher than the Fairtrade Minimum Price to cover the costs of sustainable production, in addition to paying the extra sum of money, which helps manufacturers to invest in development.

Also, signing contracts that assist long-term planning and sustainable production practices.

Fairtrade two pricing systems:

The Fairtrade Minimum Price is a guaranteed minimum price that buyers must pay to Fairtrade Certified producers to protect manufacturers from selling their products underpriced.

The Fairtrade Premium price is money paid in addition to the buying price of the items. Using The Fairtrade Premium price is limited to investments in the producers' business, livelihood, and workers' socioeconomic development.

Fairtrade matters…

Farmers and workers are the people behind the items you are seeing in stores. Most of them are underprivileged, labor in poor work circumstances, and face inequality. Fairtrade changes this reality. Change lives by supporting Fairtrade.

Fairtrade empowers millions of farmers and workers worldwide by addressing poverty and bad working conditions while also preserving the environment. By making trade fair, we may aspire for a better reality for us and the future generations.

How does fair trade measure its impact?

The Fairtrade system has committed to a program of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), which aims at generating recommendations and analysis in support of greater effectiveness and impact.

Is it Fair Trade or Fairtrade?

There is a distinction between fair trade and Fairtrade (Without Spacing). It can be puzzling; Fair Trade refers to a broad movement of groups and associations working to make trade more equitable by providing an alternative business model. It encompasses both labeled and unlabeled items, as well as the activities of Alternative Trade Organizations, Fair Trade Federations, and so on.

While Fairtrade is one word that describes the certification and labeling system governed by Fairtrade International and its members. Fairtrade certified products carry the Fairtrade Mark, one of the world’s most recognized ethical labels.

OEKO-TEX®

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label

OEKO-TEX® is 18 independent institutions run 6 certificates, STANDARD 100 is a global, consistent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing stages.

It tests every single component and ingredient for harmful substances before the final article is allowed to carry the STANDARD 100 label. This includes every thread, zipper, button, prints, coatings of the outer material, and linings.

The OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances under STANDARD 100 consider important legal regulations such as banned azo dyes, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, and so on, as well as requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead, numerous harmful chemicals, and various parameters for healthcare.

Why is it called standard 100? standard 100 includes around 100 test parameters and considers the intended use of the textiles. The more intense a textile product's skin contact, the stricter the limit values for each product class.

What is the Gold Egyptian seal TM and why does it matter?

The Gold Egyptian seal of Authenticity

The Egyptian Cotton TM label guarantees that the product is a genuine, premium quality, long-lasting cotton fabric grown in Egypt and hand-picked with care.

Whenever you see the Gold Egyptian seal on your baby clothing, rest assured that:

1- Cotton has been hand-picked delicately. This approach ensures the purity of the cotton, reduces contamination, and, most importantly.

Handpicking is a sustainable method of preserving cotton's strength and softness by producing extra-long-staple strands retained in the longest threads possible. It puts less stress on the fibers than using huge machinery. Since machine harvesting takes the entire plant, including the stem, seeds, leaves, grit, and so on, into the cotton Machinery picker, which mixes short and long fibers, pulls, and shreds the plant from its roots, it strains and damages cotton strands.

2- True Egyptian cotton accounts for less than 1% of global cotton production due to the high quality of the seed and Egypt's ideal climate for producing sturdy cotton fabric, which allows producing uniquely high-quality cotton with longer fibers, giving it a particularly luxurious character.

3- Carrying the Gold Egyptian seal provided by the Cotton Egypt Association (CEA) assures that the product has undergone a process of separating genuine Egyptian Cotton TM from inferior imitations, through extensive DNA testing, and that the cotton holds its own with deeper, brighter, and more resistant color.

USDA

USDA logo

To avoid mixing the products with non-organic materials, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the The National Organic Program (NOP) that is responsible for enforcing the regulatory framework to protect the integrity of the USDA organic seal.

The label is given to products that meet USDA criteria and include at least 95% organic components.

The USDA and the Federal Trade Commission FTC mandate that any piece of clothing or fabric labeled "organic" must be manufactured using fibers derived from USDA-certified organic crops.

That is why the USDA issued a new regulation requiring producers to declare what proportion of organic material an item contains. Furthermore, any textile labeled "organic" must be third-party verified by National Organic Program requirements throughout the whole manufacturing process.

Textile Exchange

Textile Exchange - The Organic Content Standard (OCS) logo

Textile Exchange is an independent certification body that aims to lead the textile industry in a 45% reduction in greenhouse gas and carbon emissions from fibers and raw materials production.

Textile Exchange builds a community that develops, manages, and promotes a suite of leading industry standards.

Through the Climate+ strategy, Textile Exchange is promoting urgent climate action on the source of fiber and materials. With a target of reducing CO2 emissions from textile fabric and material manufacturing by 45 percent by 2030.

Textile Exchange is fueling a race to the top by measuring the sector and delivering practical tools for progress, seeking to accelerate the adoption of preferred fibers and materials, Eliminating unethical and unsustainable production. Also, it improves transparency and integrity by implementing standards and certifications, while using the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs as a shared lexicon and reporting framework.

By achieving these objectives, Textile Exchange catalyzes revolutionary change; resulting in a more sustainable and responsible textile sector.

The Organic Content Standard (OCS), one of the Textile Exchange standards, applies to nonfood products that contain at least 95% organic content.

It verifies the presence and proportion of organic material in a completed product and tracks the movement of raw materials from their origin to the finished product.

The OCS Gives the industry a method for verifying the organically grown content of the items they buy and allows organic fiber farmers to sell their products worldwide in the organic market.

You may wonder, what am I benefiting from buying certified products?

Whenever you see any of the above logos on your baby clothing, be confident that you are getting what you pay for because

Your Impact Matters…

Unlike Organic Farming, conventional cultivation of natural fibers, such as cotton, requires large quantities of environmentally toxic pesticides. Choosing organic certified clothing is a critical environmental, social, and ethical choice that can truly impact others and make a difference in their lives.

The finished products claiming to be certified must meet all the highest criteria. In addition, all facilities involved in the production must be accredited.

This provides end-users with credible assurance, besides the organic ordering at hand, humane standards and ethical business behavior are essential pre-conditions to assure responsible business practices.

For your Baby, the environment, and future generations

With certifications in organic fiber processing, Dyes must fulfill toxicity and biodegradability regulations. When it comes to sustainability, environmental management and wastewater treatment are critical. Fibers must be cultivated naturally and must not contain allergies or harmful chemical residues. Free of Toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, chlorine bleach, aromatic solvents, nanoparticles or GMO sizing agents, PVC, nickel, or chrome.

certifications of Organic Textile hold both the producer and the seller accountable for the health of the soil and the diversity of the wildlife around us. Choosing organically grown cotton and fair-traded practices ensure that you make the most sustainable and planet-protecting decisions.

For Workers

Certifications such as GOTS and fair-trade place requirements on social responsibility and worker safety such as Health, Safety, and Environment. bearing in mind the protection of the health, safety, and rights of workers. Besides Regulations of the entitlement to the minimum payment, discrimination, overtime work, and risk assessment. For example, GOTS worker-oriented regulations ensure that while working using GOTS-certified processes, workers are not exposed to hazardous substances.

Furthermore, the GOTS social criteria are based on the major agreements of the International Labor Organization (ILO) which include a prohibition on child and forced labor.

In addition to having mechanisms in place to guarantee that businesses are addressing social problems such as Workers complaints, GOTS requires fire prevention training and evacuation practices. This ensures safe and ethical manufacturing at all stages of the manufacturing process.

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