At Elodie, we are passionate about materials. Both from a consumer perspective with a focus on high functionality, but also as a way of making our fast-paced industry more sustainable. Being conscious of the choices we make and working consistently to find more sustainable options is very important to us. For this reason, we always try to find partners that can trace it’s production as far as possible, and that uses one or more of the many international standards available. Below are examples of some of the standards and markings we look for and use.
GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard) GOTS is a worldwide leading textile certification standard for organic fibres that takes into account not only the quality of the fibre but also addresses ecological and social criteria throughout the value chain. As an independent certification organ, they ensure to trace and certify all processes so that orders claimed to carry GOTS certified fibres are obliged to carry a valid certification. GRS (Global Recycled Standard) The Global recycled standard is an international, voluntary, full product standard that aims to set guidelines and requirements for the verification and certification of recycled content in textile products. The GRS is intended to meet the needs of companies to verify the recycled content of their products and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 – classification on textiles
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels. The Oeko tex standard focuses on levelling out global differences regarding the assessment of possible harmful substances in textiles. Test criteria’s and limit values being implemented by the Oeko tex standard often go beyond national and international regulative standards. By performing extensive product checks and on-site inspections the certifying organ ensures that the industry has a globally sustainable awareness of the responsible use of chemicals.
Bionic-finish ECO RUDOLF
The Bionic RUDOLF develops novel, sustainable and ecologically advantageous technologies in the field of hydrophobic finishing. BIONIC-FINISH® ECO combines ecology and trend-setting hydrophobic finishing of textiles.
BCI (Better Cotton Initiative)
The Better Cotton Initiative exists with the intent to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future, by developing and promoting Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. It is not to be confused with Organic cotton as BCI does not claim to be a certified Organic standard, rather BCI works with specific aims to target the challenges in the cotton production focusing primarily on reducing the environmental impact of the cotton production and improving the livelihood and economic development in cotton-producing areas.
RSW (Responsible Wool Standard)
The Responsible Wool Standard is an independent, voluntary standard. The certification ensures that the animals are treated with respect and warrants best practices in the management and protection of the land. Through the process, the certification ensures that all wool bought and traded from certified farms is properly identified and tracked to promote full transparency
Biodegradable packing materials
As a step towards reducing the usage of conventional plastic in our production, we are re-thinking the way we pack our products. In line with our new ambition we have partnered up with our suppliers and slowly started to replace our traditional polybags with biodegradable options.
Introducing the use of natural plant-based fibres such as bamboo and corn starch. The upside to using these types of fibres is that they are resilient yet biodegradable, compostable, renewable and sustainable. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) The REACH legislation is in place to shift the responsibility for compliance from public authorities to the industry with regards to assessing and managing the risks posed by chemicals. The legislative framework focuses on regulating the need for companies to provide appropriate safety information regarding the usage of chemical in their products to their users.