When looking for ‘better fabrics’ to use to create your garments or DIY projects, there are many different aspects you can take into account. What ‘better’ means to you is very personal and can contain multiple aspects: the origin of the fibers, the products used for dying, the land it’s produced in, water use, the use of biological cotton, the way it’s packaged, carbon footprint, fabric from recycled materials and so on.
Although we feel all of the above is important, at this moment in time, it’s very difficult to find fabrics that match your expectations when it comes to these criteria. There is a very low level of transparency when it comes to finding out these details when shopping for fabrics. The fabric you have your eye on might be biological or naturally dyed with plants, but most of the time it’s not possible to get this information.
One way of having more insights, and therefore an actual choice, is buying fabrics that have a certification. And that is exactly what you can expect to find in our fabric shop. We only sell OEKO-TEX, GOTS, Tencel and SGS certified fabrics. Learn more about the certifications below and decide what works for you!
OEKO-TEX is a German organization from origin. The name stands for ‘eco’ and ‘textile’: eco textiles.
OEKO-TEX is a test and certifying system for textile that focusses on restricting the use of harmful substances in textile manufacturing. The demands are very strict and are monitored regularly. A certificate has to be renewed every year.
Although the label focusses on the health aspect of the textile product, the guidelines for the use of harmful substances also has interfaces with the ecological dimension of sustainability. A fabric that is certified as STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX is proven to be skin-friendly in various classes, including products for infants, products with direct skin contact and decoration material. The closer to the skin, the stricter the demands.
OEKO-TEX certification also includes STeP by OEKO-TEX which details sustainable manufacturing processes and social responsibilities. MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX includes full traceability and transparency for the customers, services for leather standards and partners with Greenpeace.
Want to know more about OEKO-TEX certifications? Visit their website
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the most comprehensive international textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire supply chain. Criteria for production include organic fiber content, use of heavy metals, restriction on bleaches, dyes, procedures to minimize waste and no PVC packaging of the products. The social criteria include no forced or child labor, the right to collective bargaining, safe and hygienic working conditions, protection of wages and working hours, no discrimination and hours management.
Want to know more about GOTS certifications? Visit their website
The denim collection of Mind the Maker is manufactured in China. The manufacturer is verified by SGS to ensure a trusted, ethical and environmentally conscious processes throughout every step of the production. The SGS verification ensures that products, systems and services meet the requirements of international standards for responsible textile production.
The fabrics are also tested and verified by SGS to ensure no harmful chemicals in the final product (comparable to the Oeko-Tex certification).
The fabrics are shipped to Europe by sea or rail.
SGS, formerly Société Générale de Surveillance (French for General Society of Surveillance), is a multinational with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. They provide inspection, verification, testing and certification services.