The labels to favor for an ethical wardrobe
Organic products, respectful of the environment and from fair trade are not limited to food. Other sectors want to act to change consumption and production patterns. The fashion world is one of them. Today, the consequences of fast fashion are known and disastrous for the environment. The Ademe thus reveals that to make jeans, you have to use between 7,000 and 11,000 liters of water. Aware of this reality, many consumers want to change their fashion habits. To distinguish ethical products, many labels have emerged. How to navigate?
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Oeko-Tex, GOTS et Fairtrade, three sure values
In the jungle of ethical labels in the fashion world, three names have emerged. The first is Oeko-Tex, an international label created in 1992. Affixed to many everyday products including clothing, it guarantees that they do not contain any harmful chemical substances, at each stage of the manufacturing process. More responsible fashion also involves the use of organic products and better working conditions, regardless of the country of production. These two points are notably guaranteed by two labels: GOTS and Fairtrade Organic Cotton. The first is the abbreviation of Global Organic Textile Standard, created in 2002. The second has been in existence since 1997 and is not limited to clothing. Labeled products Fairtrade are present in particular in supermarkets, like coffee, chocolate, etc.
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The European Ecolabel and GRS
Respect for the environment in fashion also involves the use of recycled materials to create new products. This initiative is highlighted thanks to the GRS label. Abbreviation of Global Recycled Standard, it certifies that a product contains at least 50% recycled materials. It also guarantees that the garment has been produced without substances harmful to health. The European Ecolabel is another label guaranteeing that the product is manufactured while limiting its environmental impact. Created in 1992, it concerns clothing, but also cosmetic products, furniture and household products. The label highlights the brands that limit production-related waste, but also CO emissions.2. In the future, these labels will soon be joined by environmental labeling, provided for by the climate law.
(By the editorial staff of the agency hREF)