Textile Certifications

The only certification that guarantees animals are raised outdoors their entire lives . Farmers use sustainable, high-welfare farming practices.

A global not-for-profit and the largest cotton sustainability program that works to make global cotton production better for those that grow it, and better for the environment. Better Cotton is not physically traceable to end products, however, BCI Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those sourced by BCI Members. While this means you can’t actually buy ‘Better Cotton products’ you can look up which companies are contributing to the BCI program on the BCI website. Learn more about Better Cotton here

Australian cotton industry program that helps implement best practices for cotton farming with a variety of benefits including safer farms operating at the highest social and environmental levels.

Products are assessed for environmental and social performance across five sustainability categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. There are 5 achievement levels for each category. The standard encourages improvement over time.

A standard with an emphasis on sustainable productivity. The standard considers the chain from fiber through retail, lists approved chemicals and recommended dosages, as well as social criteria and training.

A standard for sustainable cotton from Africa committed to environmental protection and improved living and working conditions for cotton farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. CMiA operates under the umbrella of the Aid by Trade Foundation.


The aim of this standard is to promote production practices and conditions in the clothing and textile industry that respect the environment and people. It lays down the minimum environmental and social requirements in order to define what the ecological status is, covering the product’s design stages, raw material production, manufacturing up to completion, distribution, use and end of life of the finished product.

This standard applies to operators employing hired workers in the textile supply chain processing FairTrade certified cotton and/or other responsible fibers. This including, but not limited to, ginners, spinners, weavers, knitters and cut-make-trim stages of textile production. The standard is applicable in countries and regions where freedom of association is not possible. Non-essential elements and accessories are not included in this scope of the standard.

Indicates that the product is definitely organic through every stage or production from ginning to the labeling of the final product. This includes all aspects of manufacturing from use of biodegradable and toxin-free dyes, to low impact waste treatment and water supply systems in factories, fair labor practices and final products that are free of allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues. This officially and internationally recognized standard is currently one of the most trusted organic textile certifications. Source: http://global-standard.org/the-standard.html

The Good Cashmere Standard operates under the umbrella of the Aid by Trade Foundation. The goal of the Good Cashmere Standard is to create, promote, and implement a benchmark standard for sustainable cashmere that includes treating goats responsibly, protecting the environment, and respecting the social, ecological, and economic living conditions of farmers and their families.

The ISCC is a globally leading environmental, social, and economic certification system. They ensure that cotton crops are not produced on land with high biodiversity and high carbon stock, and that good agricultural practices are applied to protect the environment and that human, labor, and land rights are respected. Supply chain traceability is ensured. Non-GMO certification and verification of GHG emissions are also available.

A hard to obtain certification primarily known in Europe because the highest level of textile sustainability is applied to the entire textile chain.

Certification from this German based company provided for plants and animals, fisheries, textiles, forest management, and more. Social responsibility is part of the certification process. In addition, Naturland Fair is another certification that offers organic and fair trade certified under one label.

OEKO-TEX® consists of 18 independent institutes in Europe and Japan. They continuously develop test methods and limit values for the textile and leather industry.

Identifies textiles tested for harmful substances and which have been manufactured under sustainable and socially responsible conditions.

This label may be applied to textiles that have been tested for harmful substances from yarns to finished product.

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Leather articles have been tested for harmful substances.

STEP by OEKO-TEX®

Production facilities manufacture textiles and leather articles under sustainable production conditions.

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

The OE Blended Standard is for tracking and documenting the purchase, handling and use of certified organically farmed cotton fiber in blended yarns, fabrics and finished goods. The standard applies to all goods that contain a minimum of 5% organic cotton.

The Soil Association is a charity based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1946, its activities include campaign work on issues including opposition to intensive farming, support for local purchasing and public education on nutrition; as well the certification of organic food.

Textile Exchange A global nonprofit that works with all sectors of the textile supply chain to find the best ways to create positive impacts on water, soil, air, animals and the human population.

Textile Exchange has seven standards and one program (LIA) that include:

The Organic Content Standard (OCS) applies to any non-food product containing 95-100 percent organic material. It verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product and tracks the flow of the raw material from its source to the final product.

The Recycled Claim Standard follows recycled materials through the supply chain.

Intended for products that contain at least 20% recycled material. The Global Recycled Standard tracks and verifies the content of recycled materials in a final product. The standard applies to the full supply chain and addresses traceability, environmental principles, social requirements, chemical content and labeling.

The Content Claim standard tracks and verifies the content of one or more specific raw materials in a final product.

The Responsible Down Standard ensures that feathers and down come from ducks and gees that have been treated well.

The Responsible Mohair Standard ensures that mohair comes from goats that have been treated well, and that the land used for farming has been managed in a responsible and progressive way.

The Responsible Wool Standard ensures that sheep have been treated responsibly. The Standard recognizes best practices of farmers and that the land used to farm the animals has been managed in a responsible and progressive way.

The Leather Impact Accelerator is NOT a standard. The LIA has a set of benchmarks it uses to set a minimum threshold for practices and it recognizes those that meet or exceed them. The LIA leverages and adds value to the work already being done in the beef and leather industries.

A new certification for farming and grazing that rebuilds soil organic matter and restores degraded soil biodiversity. High standards must be met for farms and products with regard to soil heath, animal welfare, and farmworker fairness.

The WEEE Directive set collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods for members in the European Economic Council (EEC)