Guide: Global consumers are paying more and more attention to "health", "environmental protection", "organic" and "green". Major domestic and foreign brands and associations have formulated corresponding certification standards to meet their needs. And how to occupy the market ahead of others, passing this type of certification is undoubtedly a problem that Chinese companies must face.
The following is a brief introduction to GRS, OCS, GOTS, BCI, RDS, Bluesign, Oeko-tex and other certifications.
GRS certified textile and garment global recycling standard
GRS is a voluntary, international, and complete product standard. The content is aimed at supply chain manufacturers' implementation of product recycling, chain of custody control, recycled content, social responsibility and environmental regulations, and chemical restrictions. It is provided by Textile Exchange Initiated and certified by a third-party certification body.
The purpose of GRS certification is to ensure that the claims on the relevant products are correct, and to ensure that the products are produced in a good working environment and with minimal impact on the environment and chemical effects. GRS certification is to satisfy the company's verification of the recycled/recyclable ingredients contained in the products (including finished and semi-finished products), and at the same time verify the social responsibility, environmental regulations and related operations of chemical use.
Applying for GRS certification must meet the five requirements of traceability, environmental protection, social responsibility, label and general principles.
In addition to raw material specifications, this standard also includes environmental processing standards. It includes strict wastewater treatment requirements and the use of chemicals (according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Oeko-Tex100. Social responsibility factors are also included in the GRS to ensure the health and safety of workers, support workers’ labor rights, and comply with international standards. Standards established by the Labor Organization (ILO).
OCS certified organic content standard
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) can be applied to all non-food products containing 5%-100% organic ingredients. This standard can be used to verify the content of organic raw materials in the final product. It can be used to trace back from the source of raw materials to the final product and this process is certified by a trusted third-party organization. In the process of completely independent assessment of the organic content of products, the standards will uphold transparency and consistency. This standard can be used as a business tool between companies to help companies ensure that the products they buy or pay for meet their requirements.
Certification object: non-food products produced with approved organic raw materials.
Certification scope: OCS product production management
Product requirements: containing more than 5% of raw materials that meet the recognized organic standards
GOTS certified global organic textile standard
The main definition of the Global Organic Textile Certification Standard (GOTS) is to ensure the requirements of the organic state of textiles, including the harvesting of raw materials, environmentally and socially responsible production, and labeling to ensure consumer information about products.
This standard makes relevant provisions for the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, import and export and distribution of organic textiles. The final products may include, but are not limited to: fiber products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles. This standard only focuses on mandatory requirements.
Certification object: textiles produced with organic natural fibers
Certification scope: GOTs product production management, environmental protection, and social responsibility
Product requirements: 70% organic natural fiber, no blending, 10% synthetic or regenerated fiber (sports goods can contain up to 25% synthetic or regenerated fiber), no genetically modified fiber.
BCI Certification Swiss Better Cotton Development Association
The full English name of the Swiss Better Cotton Development Association is Better Cotton Initiative, or BCI for short. It was registered in 2009 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a non-profit international membership organization with 4 representative offices in China, India, Pakistan and London. At present, there are more than 1,000 member organizations around the world, mainly including cotton planting units, cotton textile enterprises and retail brands.
BCI cooperates with a wide range of stakeholders to promote Better Cotton planting projects worldwide and promote the circulation of Better Cotton throughout the supply chain in accordance with the cotton production principles established by BCI. The ultimate goal of BCI is to transform the production method of cotton on a global scale through the development of the Better Cotton project, making Better Cotton a mainstream commodity. By 2020, let the production of Better Cotton reach 30% of the total global cotton production.
Six BCI production principles:
a. Minimize harmful effects on crop protection measures
b. Efficient water use and protection of water resources
c. Pay attention to soil health
d. Protect natural habitats
e. Care and protect fiber quality
f. Promote decent work
RDS certified humane and responsible down standard
RDS Humane Responsible Down Standard (ResponsibleDown Standard). The Humane Responsible Down Standard is a certification project jointly developed by TheNorth Face, a subsidiary of VF Group, and the Textile Exchange and the third-party certification body ControlUnion Certifications. The project was officially launched in January 2014, and the first certification was issued in June of the same year. During the development of the certification project, the issuing party and the leading suppliers AlliedFeather & Down and Downlite jointly analyzed and verified that every link in the down supply chain was up to the standard.
The feathers of poultry such as geese and ducks in the food industry are one of the best down garment materials with the best quality and performance. The Humane Down Standard is to evaluate and track the source of any down-based product raw materials, creating a chain of custody from goslings to end products.
Bluesign is a new generation of eco-environmental regulations jointly formulated by representatives of academia, industry, environmental protection and consumer organizations. It was published by Bluesign Technology in Hanover, Germany on October 17, 2000. . The textile brands and products with the trademark authorized by this company represent that its manufacturing process and products are in compliance with ecological, health, and safety (Environment, Health, Safety; EHS). It is the world's latest environmental protection standards and guarantees for safe use by consumers .
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 was formulated by the International Environmental Textile Association (OEKO-TEX® Association) in 1992 to test the properties of textiles and garments that affect human health. OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 specifies the types of known harmful substances that may be present in textiles and clothing products. The test items include pH, formaldehyde, heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides, chlorinated phenols, and phthalic acid. Acid salts, organotin compounds, azo dyes, carcinogenic/allergenic dyes, OPP, PFOS, PFOA, chlorobenzene and chlorotoluene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, color fastness, volatile matter, odor, etc., and the products according to the end use Divided into four categories: Class I for infants, Class II for direct contact with the skin, Class III without direct contact with the skin, and Class IV for decoration.