Getting Certified…Organic, That Is.

The EcoTextile Labeling GuideEco-Textiles are becoming more and more prevalent in apparel and interior fabric manufacturing. From retail giants like H&M creating their Garden Collection made of organic cotton, Tencel, and recycled polyester to IKEA’s launch of organic mattresses, companies everywhere seem to be embracing what was once considered a fleeting trend. I don’t know about you but I think this is a pretty great thing. As I mentioned in my post Going Au Naturale, I too am working on incorporating organic fabric into my design work. With that said, making this kind of major overhaul in a business requires being up to date on all the guidelines and regulations that are necessary to be considered “certified”. This can be quite a daunting task so I have to say how nice it was to learn that EcoTextile News, in conjunction with Messe Frankfurt has launched a new and updated version of  The EcoTextile Labeling Guide this month.   According to the website, this 100 page handbook “informs readers on the latest voluntary and obligatory organic textile standards and certification along with eco-textile labeling and the options available for sourcing textiles in a socially responsible manner.”  With coverage including textile certification, accreditation companies, organic textile standards, eco-textile labels, and regional labels and legislation, I’m thinking this is probably a pretty important resource for any company making the switch or starting out in the organic fabric sector. You can easily get your copy of the guide online and it runs for about £20, which is what, like 30 bucks, right? Not that you asked, but I think it’s worth the investment and I may just make this my next business expense.

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

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