A label is a label… right? Do you know what the various labels actually tell you? - e.g. if they mention the environment, are organic or good for your help. If not, read below.
(Socks consist of at least 80% organic wool/cotton and are dyed according to GOTS standards).
There are numerous different labels in the textile industry, and for many of us, it is hard to understand what labels promise what. Therefore, at DILLING, we have created an overview of the 4 most common labels on the market and compared these to our own ‘ECO label’. To keep the overview clear, we chose to focus on the 3 areas that we believe to be essential in relation to the production of organic woollen and cotton underwear.
When it comes to organic products, DILLING’s ‘ECO’ and GOTS products are superior to other labels. These guarantee that the majority of the raw materials we use are organic. When it comes to cotton underwear, the EU flower sets a good standard, but nothing compared to the standard of the woollen underwear we use.
Makes you think!
In relation to the dyeing processes DILLING use, the ‘ECO’, Swan, and GOTS certified ones are quite similar. They all prohibit the use of harmful dyeing agents during production, which is good for your health and the environment.
However, the Flower and Oeko-Tex do not ban the use of harmful dyeing agents. The Flower does limit the use of these in production and sets threshold limits for any content remaining in the final product. Oeka-Tex focuses solely on the final product and also sets an indirect threshold for the use of dyeing agents in production.
When it comes to heavy metals, these are most often associated with dyeing wool. It can be difficult, and in some cases impossible, to produce the right colour shade without using heavy metals. This is the reason the Flower allows the use of heavy metals when dyeing wool and why GOTS has relaxed the standards for the colour blue, green, and turquoise. If you want to avoid products using heavy metals completely (or at least keep them at a similar level to your drinking water), DILLNG’s ‘ECO’- labelled products are for you.
In terms of working conditions, DILLING’s ‘ECO’, Swan, and GOTS products have similar requirements. The law must be observed and basic rights respected, such as, you are not allowed to use forced or child labour, discrimination is prohibited, and the employees must have plenty of freedom. The Flower has the same requirements, but only for the last part of production (CMT: Cut, Make, Trim).
This overview is based on criteria from the individual labels. If you want to explore their other requirements, you can read more in the criteria documents from each label: The Swan, GOTS, The Flower & Oeko-Tex 100.