At DILLING, we are proud to be certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. But what does this actually mean for you as a consumer?
By now, most Danes have heard about the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, but not many people know exactly what it means. Therefore, we have decided to tell you exactly what the Nordic Swan Ecolabel means for the production of our organic underwear.
In order to be certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel as an underwear manufacturer, there are 5 things that need to be managed and are thoroughly checked at least once a year:
- The value chain
- Raw materials
- Dyeing agents and chemicals
- Work conditions
Who, what, where
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel requires that the value chain is transparent. For us, this means that we know where our organic merino wool and cotton comes from, where and how it is spun, knitted, dyed, cut, sewn, packed, transported, and finally delivered.
Not an organic, but an environmental label
In relation to raw materials, it is important to be aware that the Nordic Swan Ecolabel is an environmental label rather than an organic label. Within the textile industry, the Nordic Swan Ecolabel demands that 10% of the raw materials used but be grown organically. At DILLING, we exceed this requirement as the raw materials we use in our organic underwear, both cotton and merino wool, are 100% organic.
What sets us apart from other underwear manufacturers?
Regarding dyeing agents and chemicals, the Nordic Swan Ecolabel sets very high standards. For example, using heavy metals or chlorine treatment (Superwash) during production is not allowed. These strict standards benefit both the environmental and your health, as the textile industry can contain not only hormone-disrupting, but also allergy and cancer-causing dyeing agents and chemicals. This is something we assume few people want to go into their underwear or water supply.
No child labour here
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel sets standards for work conditions throughout the entire production process. Therefore, DILLING is not just responsible for safe, high-quality working conditions for those in our head office in Denmark, but also for controlling the working conditions throughout production. On way we ensure this is by confining production to within the EU.
Of course, we think all these elements within our value chain are fascinating, but we hope you feel a difference when buying our Nordic Swan Ecolabel certified products in terms of durability. This is because the Nordic Swan Ecolabel requires the underwear to be hard-wearing with good colour. In other words, our organic underwear must stay nice for a long time, whether it is for men, women, children or babies!