Learn more about the Certifications held by Cadre’s curated brands.
BCI BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE
The world’s largest cotton sustainability program. A global non-profit BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide, by addressing the negative impact of cotton growth and farming. BCI describes better cotton in terms of behaviors of better cotton farmers. Farmers receive training on how to use better irrigation practices, reduce fertilizer usage, care for the health of the soil, conserve natural habitats, minimize the impact of harmful crop protection practices, preserve fiber quality and apply decent work principles. Decent work is employment that respects fundamental rights of the human person as well as the rights of workers in terms of conditions of work safety and remuneration and respect for the physical and mental integrity of the worker in the exercise of his/her employment.
CARVICO FABRIC CERTIFICATION
Among the first Italian companies to produce sustainable fabrics made of a 100% recycled yarn from pre and post consumer waste materials. Carvico Econyl boasts the same features, quality and performance of virgin polyamide with the added value of being produced without the use of nonrenewable fossil raw materials.Carvico optimizes production processes by introducing cutting-edge technologies to monitor and reduce waste and polluting residuals, certifies by means of clear data the environmental results achieved, supports important international projects aimed at safeguarding our environment, contributes to the social and financial development of local communities, and spreads awareness among our employees and customers so that they can be more respectful of the environment.
C2C CRADLE TO CRADLE
Cradle to Cradle focuses on seeing garbage as an eternal reasource and doing the right thing from the beginning. C2C certification attempts to measure the environmental and social sustainability of your invention in five categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy & carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.
EU Ecolabel is the official European Union voluntary label for environmental excellence. Established in 1992 and recognized across Europe and worldwide, the EU Ecolabel certifies products with a guaranteed, independently-verified low environmental impact. To be awarded the EU Ecolabel, goods should meet high environmental standards throughout their life cycle: from raw material extraction through production and distribution to disposal. The label also encourages companies to develop innovative products that are durable, easy to repair and recyclable.
FREE OF MUSELING CERTIFICATION BY RWS RESPONSIBLE WOOL STANDARD
The Responsible Wool Standard aims to improve the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on. Museling occurs when the skin on the backside of a sheep is cut off. RWS requires all sites, from wool farmers to the seller in the final business-to-business transaction, to be certified. RWS farmers and ranchers must meet animal welfare, land management, and social requirements.
GOTS GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD
GOTS is an internationally recognized and leading organic textile standard. Founded in 2006, GOTS has demonstrated its practical feasibility and is supported by the growth in consumption of organic fibers and the demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sectors. GOTS ensures the organic status of textiles from the harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing to labelling, in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer throughout the textile supply chain. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70 percent certified organic natural fibers. The final fiber products may include, but are not limited to, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles. This transparency also gives consumers the power to choose truly organic products sourced from green supply chains.
GRS GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD
GRS is a international voluntary product standard for tracking and verifying the content of 50% minimum recycled materials in a final product. The standard applies to the full supply chain and addresses traceability, environmental principles, social requirements, chemical content and labeling. GRS is intended to meet the needs of companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims and good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimized. This includes companies in ginning, spinning, weaving and knitting, dyeing and printing and stitching in more than 50 countries.
LWG LEATHER WORKING GROUP
LWG is a global community committed to building a sustainable future with responsible leather that drives best practices and positive social and environmental change for responsible leather production since 2005. LWG believes that ‘environmentally preferred leather can be defined by two key parameters, how leather is manufactured and the inputs used to manufacture it. LWG certifications are only for tanneries. LWG focuses on increased supply chain traceability & transparency, increased knowledge & access to data, improved resource efficiency in leather production, reduced waste generation and emissions to the environment, improved chemical management and increased use of non-hazardous chemicals, increased deforestation and animal welfare due diligence, and improved working conditions and fair treatment of workers.
OCS ORGANIC COTTON STANDARD
OCS is an international, voluntary standard that provides chain of custody verification for materials originating on a farm certified to recognized national organic standards. The standard is used to verify organically grown raw materials from the farm to the final product. OCS aims to increase organic agricultural production. OCS verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product and this applies to any non-food product containing 95 – 100 per cent organic material.
The International OEKO-TEX® Association is a group of 18 well-known textile research and test institutes with representative agencies and contact offices in over 70 countries worldwide. STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a globally uniform testing and certification system for raw textile materials. Certified products have been tested for harmful substances to protect your health. Tested for Toxic Chemicals this label certifies that every component of the product, from the fabric to the thread and accessories, has been rigorously tested against a list of up to 350 toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde, heavy metals, and pesticides. The principle objective of STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is to ensure that the certified products are not detrimental to human health, when in contact with the skin.
RCS RECYCLED CLAIM STANDARD
RCS is used as a chain of custody standard to track recycled raw materials through the supply chain and designed to boost the use of recycled materials. The standard was developed through work done by the Materials Traceability Working Group, part of OIA's Sustainability Working Group. RCS has three main objectives: align definitions of “recycled” across different applications, verify recycled content in products and give brands and consumers a means to make informed buying decisions. RCS certified materials must use between 5%-100% recycled materials.
REACH is a European regulation that restricts the use of certain chemical substances in all parts and products manufactured, sold, and imported within the EU. RoHS is a European directive restricting the use of 10 specific substances in EEE manufactured, distributed, and imported within the EU. REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals, and RoHS stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Non compliance results in steep fines for the brand. REACH currently has 224 chemical substances restricted. The substances are restricted regardless of whether they are used on their own, in a mixture, or in an article. RoHS currently has10 substances restricted under RoHS above specific concentrations: Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm, Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm, Mercury (Hg): < 1000 ppm, Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI) < 1000 ppm, Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm, Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm, Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < 1000 ppm, Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < 1000 ppm, Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < 1000 ppm, and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < 1000 ppm.
SCS RECYCLED CONTENT CERTIFICIATIONS SYSTEM
SCS is an independent certification body. SCS certification assures customers that brands use recycled metals and gemstones, and actively avoid conflict metals and materials from questionable or illegal sources. It also demonstrates that you meet fundamental benchmarks of social and environmental accountability, including risk management throughout the supply chain. And that workers are treated fairly according to international labor standards, and destructive environmental practices are avoided.Certification measures the percentage of recycled content for the purpose of making an accurate recyclability claim in the marketplace. Certification applies to the entire supply chain from refiners and manufacturers to fabricators, jewelers and retailers. Product categories include fine metals, alloyed metals, gemstones, findings and jewelry.
USDA CERTIFIED BIOBASED PRODUCT LABEL
USDA Certified Biobased Product label displays a product's biobased content, which is the portion of a product that comes from a renewable source, such as plant, animal, marine, or forestry feedstocks. Biobased content is how much “new” or recent organic carbon is in an object or substance, compared to the amount of “old” organic carbon it contains. A tree is 100% Biobased. Coal is 0% Biobased. Utilizing renewable, biobased materials displaces the need for non-renewable petroleum-based chemicals.The USDA Certified Biobased Product label is designed to provide useful information to consumers about the biobased content of the product. The label assures a consumer that the product contains a USDA-verified amount of renewable biological ingredients.
COTTON USA believes in producing cotton grown by producers committed to raising the bar for responsible farming methods and improving the environment for future generations. U.S. cotton farmers strive for sustainability. COTTON US measures progress in six key sustainability metrics — land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency — thus, enabling growers to make informed decisions from one year to the next. COTTON USA has improved soil health, reducing loss and erosion by 37 percent per acre all while increasing soil carbon levels. Additionally, COTTON USA has used 79% less water and 54% less energy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and land use by 49% all while increasing yield by approximately 42%.
WRAP WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBLE ACCREDITED PRODUCTION
WRAP, established in 2000, is an organization whose stated aim is promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world. A WRAP certification means that the brands manufacturing facility is currently meeting (or exceeding) international social compliance standards. This provides a level of assurance to potential buyers that is widely recognized and accepted. The WRAP Principles are based on generally accepted international workplace standards, local laws and workplace regulations, and include the spirit or language of relevant conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Principles encompass human resources management, health and safety, environmental practices, and legal compliance including import/export and customs compliance and security standards. The Principles are meant to promote responsible business practices and sustainability in supply chain management, and contribute to the advancement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).