Textile Exchange standards offer brands and retailers confidence that products they purchase are independently verified to contain what they promise. Brands and retailers that have made commitments to sourcing responsible fibers and materials such as organically grown fiber, recycled content, or responsible down and wool can use these standards in sourcing and consumer communication.
Standards are an extremely effective tool to drive change in the industry, and to ensure a given set of criteria are met. Textile Exchange standards require yearly inspections of each stage of the supply chain and uses transaction certificates to document each transfer of products. This gives a higher level of confidence in the chain of custody of certified goods.
Standards do not guarantee 100% compliance, 100% of the time; instead they significantly narrow the margins for non-conformity by making expectations clear, and by providing a level of oversight through regular inspections, interviews, and document checking.
Start planning which materials you want to source and which suppliers need to be engaged. Communicate your targets and plans to internal and external stakeholders to get the products ready and your own systems in place.
You can immediately start requesting certified products from your vendors. You don’t need to be certified to place an order and receive a transaction certificate for certified products. Only products with accompanying transaction certificates are considered certified.
Find Certified Companies here.
If you want to mention the standards on-product, make sure you understand 1) whether or not you need to be certified, 2) allowed language for claims, and 3) the process for getting artwork approved.
To label products, these three steps must be met:
You can also talk about the standards or your commitments in other places like the sustainability section of your website, annual reports, advertising, or social media.
Learn more about Labeling & Making Claims here.