Standards and Certifications
“Certified organic products cater for higher income options for farmers, and therefore, can serve as promoters for climate-friendly farming practices worldwide.”
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Organic certification is necessary to protect the integrity of the organic production process. Certification is mutually beneficial for everyone involved in an organic cotton supply chain to ensure integrity in their processing and labelling.
All of the cotton fabric sold at HoneyBeGood is certified organic by one of the following two leading certification agencies. Look for these symbols on the fabric product descriptions.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading organic textile processing standard. It ensures that textiles are truly organic at every stage of production - from ginning, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling of the final product. GOTS makes sure that:
- Inputs in processing such as dyes and inks comply with strict biodegradability and toxicity requirements
- Factories have functioning waste water treatment plants to protect local ecosystems and water supplies
- Products do not contain any allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues
- Core International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions must be met throughout manufacture and a social compliance management system must be set up
GOTS certifies thousands of textile businesses around the world and is fast becoming the accepted standard for truly organic textiles. In fact in the USA, where textile products labeled as ‘organic’ are legally required to be certified organic from production to processing, GOTS is an officially recognized standard. More information about GOTS.
The Organic Exchange (OE) 100 Standard certifies that products made with 100% organic fiber have been tracked through the production chain and segregated to prevent commingling with other fibres. The OE 100 Standard does not certify other claims dealing with processing, social or quality issues. More information about OE standards.
Product Development Transparency
The SBP® label is a product development transparency guideline developed by the SBP® Project Team at EnviroTextiles LLC. The SBP® label informs the consumer about each step that takes place when a product is made, from the raw materials used to the labor conditions involved. By revealing this information, they are able to show how ecologically beneficial a product truly is and how socially responsible the processes are in the development of the product.
Fiber Content: Sustainable Hemp grows without the need of harmful herbicides and pesticides; hemp is planted in dense crops not allowing sun light to penetrate, which reduces weed growth by 95%, eliminating the need for herbicides. No pesticides are used due to the inherent properties contained in the plant itself. Hemp is commonly used as a companion crop bordering family gardens as a deterrent to insects and infestations. Hemp is an ideal rotation crop due to its long taproot structure that helps retain topsoil, while also replenishing soil quality due to the natural leaf composting that regenerates vital elements in the soil. Hemp does not require irrigation unlike other natural fibers. The unique inherent characteristics of the fiber of hemp have the additional ability to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi, making it the ideal “fiber for our future.” As a result of the above, hemp does not require organic growing certification. More information about SBP.