MUNICH FABRIC START: certification bodies in the sustainability area ReSOURCE

With ReSOURCE, MUNICH FABRIC START has established an advanced sourcing platform that demonstrates new dimensions of sustainability for innovative and future-oriented production processes. And created a forum, initiated and supported by experts that provides real solutions for sustainability.
With approximately 800 articles, ReSOURCE has presented the latest sustainable fabric and ingredient developments as well as innovations in the categories during the three days of the fair:

GOTS
RECYCLED
ORGANIC/NATURAL
DENIM
BIOLOGISCH ABBAUBAR
SCHADSTOFFFREI
REGENERATED CELLULOSICS
INNOVATIVE (HYBRIDS & BIOPLASTICS)
LEATHER & ALTERNATIVES
DENIM

Among the innovations presented are sustainable developments in cotton, wool and hemp in the ORGANIC/NATURAL category. The category RECYCLED shows recycled products from pre-consumer waste, recycled bottles and yarns, but also SEAQUAL-certified goods made from recycled plastic waste. REGENERATED offers vegan fabrics that are certified with the V-LABEL. INNOVATIVE presents innovative materials such as biobased polyamide fabrics or bio plastics.

Right from the start, experts from international certification organisations have accompanied the development of today’s ReSOURCE sustainability area at MUNICH FABRIC START. We introduce our long-standing partners:

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION IVN

Protecting our environment and its people, animals and plants is no longer simply a trendy topic. For the member companies of the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN), sustainability, respect, and responsibility for people and the environment are fundamental values, and the commitment is to implement this attitude in every stage of production and to communicate it to as many people as possible. As a pioneer association, IVN is a trendsetter for natural textiles and natural leather for the press, the public, politics and business. As an industry association, it represents and promotes the specific players in the areas of skilled crafts, industry, retail and service. The focal points of the association’s services are press and public relations work, consulting, education, networks and lobbying. In addition, IVN is the standard setter for two quality symbols for ecologically manufactured products: NATURTEXTIL (Natural Textile) and NATURLEDER (Natural Leather). Both labels are based on implementation requirements set forth by the association, which have meanwhile become industry standards. Moreover, IVN is co-owner of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), an internationally recognized standard for the manufacture of natural textiles on the industrial level. The member list covers the entire production chain, from suppliers and pre-production facilities to producers and brands to retailers and service providers, thus creating a comprehensive network of “green” industry expertise.
IVN provides consultancy service to members and external textile companies on their way to certification.

www.naturtextil.de

GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD (GOTS)

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading standard for processing of textiles from certified organic natural fibers. In 2017, the number of GOTS certified companies increased to 5,024 certified facilities, which gives brands and companies the chance to source from suppliers in 63 countries. The GOTS certification requires IFOAM’s Family of Standards Organic Production Standards for the raw fiber and sets stringent criteria along the entire textile value chain (including chemical input and ILO social criteria) from field to finished product. Even B2B resellers need to get certified in order to make reference to GOTS in their marketing. More information on www.global-standard.org Visit www.cottonedon.org for a campaign explaining the benefits of organic natural fibres such as organic cotton.

www.global-standard.org

MADE IN GREEN BY OEKO-TEX®

Clear facts, safe feeling. A label for transparency & trust. Consumers worldwide are looking for high-quality textile and leather products with diverse functions. Important factors for their purchase decision: The product should not harm their health, the environment or the workers who made it. A MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® product fulfils the demanding criteria of two OEKO-TEX® system modules: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® (ensures that the product has been tested for harmful substances) and STeP by OEKO-TEX® (certifies the product was produced sustainably under socially responsible work practices).

SUSTAINABILITY MADE VISIBLE
• Made with materials tested for harmful substances.
• Made in environmentally friendly facilities.
• Made in safe and socially responsible workplaces.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® also creates unprecedented transparency with an individual product ID. When consumers scan the QR code or enter the product ID at madeingreen.com, the supply chain of the MADE IN GREEN article can be traced – transparently, globally, precisely. MADE IN GREEN enables companies to credibly communicate their responsible practices — and supports the consumers in making sustainable purchasing decisions.

www.oeko-tex.com