Hand-made processes; local, slow or small batch productions; as well as manufacturing through facilities that are mindful of the environment and community impact are all denoted under this label.
Many of these products are produced in ways that saves water, significantly reduces chemicals usage, waste, carbon emission, and in turn, pollution. In addition to supporting the health of the environment, the safety and welfare of these products’ makers are also important considerations when looking at the production process. Most brands and products that under this label work with partners that are certified by international environmental authorities such as Bluesign and Cradle 2 Cradle; Fair Labor organizations such as Fairtrade International; and other Holistic brand certifications such as B Corp.
Products under this label are sustainably sourced and made from biodegradable organic, natural fabrics, as well as recycled and repurposed materials.
In clothing, such materials can include:
Organic Cotton/Cotton – A natural plant-based fiber that makes up a quarter of all fabric, cotton is used in clothing, furniture and other textile blends. It’s durable breathable and highly versatile.
When compared to cotton, organic cotton not only lessens the chemical effects from pesticides use with growing and treating normal cotton, it’s also less tolling on soil and water wastage as it’s rotated from one soil to another instead of being grown on the same soil over and over again.
Linen – Made from flax, linen fiber which be grown on rough terrain that’s unsuitable for food production. It can be cultivated and processed without chemicals.
Wool – Tough, wrinkle resistant, and resilient, wool is a good option which can replace many of the water-resistant synthetics and polyester that feature prominently in outdoor gear without fear of microfiber shedding.
Rayon and Model – While both man-made fabrics, rayon and modal are made from plant cellulose. In the case of Modal, the cellulose comes from softwood trees, and viscose rayon is usually from bamboo.
Recycled Polyester – Polyester is a plastic manufactured from crude oil through an energy intensive process. Recycled polyester is often sourced from post-consumer plastic bottles and plastic waste.
Other Oeko-tex, and internationally certified eco-friendly fabrics.
Products under this label are from brands who use their entrepreneurship to raise awareness to a cause and to give back to the community in forms of donation or support for a cause/charity.