In recent years, there has been a multitude of endeavours in the field of ecology and sustainability.
These have been published and have pointed out a number of drawbacks following new media reports regarding unsustainable conditions both in the production of raw materials and in the manufacture of textiles.
However, the subject areas are incredibly complex and varied:
- The environmentally friendly production of raw materials and wool in particular
- Compliance with safety and social standards throughout the supplier chain
- Document of compliance regarding processing and finishing methods that are harmful to the environment
- Compliance with directives with regard to the use of prohibited substances
- The return of products in the biological or technical cycle at the end of the life cycle (degree of recyclability, cradle-to-cradle principle)
GINETEX has cultivated a partnership with the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology OEKO-TEX® for a number of years now. 18 independent textile testing and research institutes in Europe and Japan are affiliated with the association. Other contact offices can be found around the world.
With more than 160,000 certificates issued for millions of labelled textile products and over 10,000 companies involved along the textile chain, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is the most widespread and well-known label around the world for textiles that have been tested for harmful substances (as of: 12/2015).