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2019.03.14

Guidelines for recognizing organic clothing

Ecology has come into to all areas of our life; it is no longer enough to recycle certain products at home, but every day there are more sectors that want to adapt their products and services to these new demands. Clear examples are the cosmetic or textile firms that increasingly incorporate organic products into their catalogues.

At this point, it must be clear that the difference between organic clothing and non-organic clothing lies in the raw materials and manufacturing processes being used. For example, a garment can be considered ecological when it has been made from raw materials such as cotton, linen, silk or any other vegetable fiber that comes from organic farming. This means that they have not been treated with insecticides, aggressive chemicals or substances that can harm the environment or the consumer.

The same goes for animal fibers. To be considered ecological the breeding of the animal must have been carried out under the rules of ecological livestock watching over the welfare of the animal at all times.

Certifications for the manufacture of textiles of organic origin

To be able to recognize organic clothing, you need to know how to differentiate labels and know the requirements of each of them. Next, we will give you a basic guide about some of the most used certifications.

The first thing you should know is that there are two types of certifications. One is used to certify the type of raw materials and their origin, and the other which certifies the products used during the manufacturing of them.

  • GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is a guarantee of ecological and social responsibility that ensures that both the field and the farms are free of toxins. Through this standard, different criteria have been agreed on the manufacture, packaging, labeling, marketing and distribution of this type of products that can be applied worldwide.

The clothes that wear this label with the term "organic" must contain at least 95% organic fibers. In contrast, to carry "made with organic material" is enough with 70%.

  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. If the garment has this label, it is guaranteed that the garment is not composed of any type of component that could be harmful, prohibited or carcinogenic.
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  • Kba indicates that the vegetable fibers used come from controlled biological farming.

At Norvil we want to reach a series of objectives intended to have a positive impact on the economy, society and environment. For this reason, we have launched a collection of sustainable uniforms branded Oxygen, made from organic fabrics that carry the certificates mentioned above, as well as recycled fabrics made from bottles, perfect for all those companies committed to the environment.

The present and future of fashion is based on making this type of organic clothing that cares about both the environment and the consumers, at Norvil we know and we are committed to improve the textile industry.