Organic is only the first step. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the top certification for ecologically and socially responsible practices throughout every step in the supply chain of textiles. It adheres to a strict set of rules ensuring the welfare of the materials, the environment, and the working conditions of the human hands involved along the way. This means that, yes, it's at least 95% organic fiber, but it's also free of a long list of chemicals that may be harmful to you, the planet, or the person producing it.
Fair Trade Certified™ partners provide traceable and transparent supply chains, and ensure sustainable livelihoods to the people who create Sleepworld products. These initiatives strive to implement income equality, community and individual well-being, empowerment, and environmental stewardship for farmers and working communities. In addition to choosing Fair Trade suppliers, Sleepworld also elects to pay an additional cost for every Fair Trade Certified™ product made (the Fair Trade premium), which deposits into a worker-managed Community Development Fund.
The Better Cotton Initiative started in a roundtable discussion by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2005. It exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector's future.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety. Find out here what STANDARD 100 means and why it is worth checking for this label when buying textiles.