Fabrics are often labelled with different eco-labels, each with different meanings and goals. But what do all these labels and abbreviations mean? Allow us to explain. 

 

We aim to reduce our environmental impact.

At Selfmade®, we sell a number of sustainable fabrics and fabrics with a lower impact on the environment. 

We work tirelessly to strengthen and expand our sustainable product range – from 2019 to 2021, we saw a 72% increase!

BCI stands for Better Cotton Initiative­™ a global non-profit organisation aiming to make traditional cotton production more sustainable. 


The BCI mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive while protecting and restoring the environment.


Because we know the world doesn’t just need cotton, it needs Better Cotton.

  • Better for farms and farmers, whose investment in sustainability - improving soil health, water management, greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilience - is recognised and rewarded.
  • Better for farming communities in 23 countries, where more than 2 million farmers now have a licence to sell their cotton as Better Cotton.
  • Better Cotton isn’t just a commodity. It’s the movement that already produces nearly a quarter of the world’s cotton under the Better Cotton Standard. It’s the opportunity to be part of something better.
Read more at www.bettercotton.org

FSC® is an international non-profit labelling scheme for paper and wood.


In an FSC forest, no more trees are felled than the forest can reproduce, and animals and plant life are protected.


In addition, people working in the forest are trained for their specific jobs and receive proper safety equipment and pay.

Read more at www.fsc.org

GRS stands for ‘Global Recycled Standard’ and is the international non-profit organisation Textile Exchange’s standard for textile products containing at least 20% recycled material.

 

For example, plastic bottles are primarily used to make our recycled polyester (rPET) – a fabric with CO2 emissions reduced by 32% in polyester production compared to non-recycled polyester.

 

GRS covers the entire production chain and aims to increase the use of recycled materials in products to protect the environment from harmful production.

Read more at www.textileexchange.org

When you buy a Selfmade® / STOFF & STIL ORGANIC product, you can rest assured that it meets the highest international standards with regard to organic production, environmental issues and social conditions throughout the production chain.

All Selfmade® organic fabrics are GOTS certified. 

GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. It is an internationally recognised standard that was introduced in 2006. 


GOTS ensures the organic status of textiles from the harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing to labelling to provide credible assurances to the consumer.


The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified natural organic fibres.

Read more at www.global-standard.org

OEKO-TEX® is one of the best-known labels for textiles and textile products, such as clothing.


Products with a STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certificate, are tested for harmful substances. 


Therefore, the OEKO-TEX®- certification guarantees that textiles do not contain chemicals harmful to your health and to the environment. 

Read more at www.oeko-tex.com

Ecovero fabrics are a sustainable alternative to viscose fabric.


The production process of ecovero viscose has a much lower impact on the environment than traditional viscose, with significantly lower emissions and up to half as much energy- and water usage. 


The fabric is also produced locally in Europe, resulting in lower CO2 emissions for transport. 

Read more at www.ecovero.com