Here at Elves, we love providing beautiful organic clothing for your little ones. Consequently, we take care to ensure all our products have organic certifications. There are two main organic certifications which provide confidence when buying our organic clothes. These are known as GOTS certified organic and Oeko-Tex certified. So, what do they mean? How are they different? Let’s have a look.
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. It’s the world’s leading certification standard for organic fibres. As a result, it’s accepted within the world’s major textile markets as the organic benchmark.
The GOTS certification ensures that the entire production process is both environmentally and socially responsible. This spans from growing to processing and through to manufacturing.
‘Organic’ fabric with GOTS certification means it must contain at least 95% organic fibres. In addition, a fabric that’s labelled ‘made with organic’ must have at least 70% certified organic fibres. Also, organic fibres must be free from a wide spectrum of toxins and chemicals. These include; chlorine bleach, azo dyes and heavy metals. Furthermore, manufacturers must have a robust environmental policy. This includes no PVC packaging, water consumption, wastewater treatment and fair labour agreements such as no child labour.
This standard was first introduced in the early 1990s. It came about because of increasing awareness of dangerous and toxic chemicals being used in textile manufacturing. As a result, consumers began demanding safer clothes, particularly for young ones.
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is now a globally recognised test standard for textiles, right from raw materials through to finished garments. At each stage, tests are run for harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, carcinogenic dyes and heavy metals. Beyond this, garments are tested for known harmful chemicals and residues that may not yet be regulated.
These include pesticides, tin-organic compounds and allergy-inducing dyestuffs. Textile products are then assigned a class number depending on their intended use.
In short, these are:
Class 1, being the strictest. These would be suitable for babies, children and underwear, bedding etc.
Class 2, includes clothes that are in contact with the skin
Class 3, includes clothes that are mostly not in contact with the skin
And finally, Class 4 denotes furnishings, carpets and curtains etc.
All of our clothes are covered by one or both of these standards. After all, by ensuring proper organic certifications, we know we’re helping to take care of your little one’s health and the planet.