31 Eco- Textile Labelling Guide 2010 The Institute for Marketecology ( IMO) is a well-known inspection, certification and quality assurance agency based in Switzerland which offers certification for the organic production and handling of textiles according to EU 834/ 207. It is also accredited by USDA for organic certification according to NOP and received the reaccreditation by MAFF and offer certifi-cation according to the Japanese Agricultural Standard ( JAS) for the Japanese market. IMO also certifies according to the Fair For Life and For Life Standards ( Fairtrade and Social Standards), and evaluates chemical products and natural dyestuffs according to the GOTS requirements. It is also involved in the sectors of natural textiles and social accountability. IMO certifies the traceability of organic cotton to the Organic Exchange 100 Standard and the OE Blended Standards ( see: page: 29) along with the Global Organic Textile Standard ( GOTS) ( page: 25). IMO is also an approved certifier for the Organic Cotton Project of Wal- Mart and Sam's Club. The International Association Natural Textile Industry ( IVN) has entrusted IMO and Institute for Marketecology ( IMO) IMO services offered Certification of natural fibres such as cotton, flax, wool, silk, etc. in accordance with organic standards such as EU 834/ 207, NOP or private organic standards like Naturland, Demeter, IFOAM, etc. Certification of all primary processing stages within the textile supply chain such as spinning, knitting/ weaving, dyeing, finishing and manufacturing ready- to- wear garments in accordance with the International Association Natural Textile Industry ( IVN), global organic standards and other defined criteria of textile associations and specific companies. Certification of producers, mail- order companies, and retailers, who label textiles themselves and bring them to market, such as IVN's ' Naturtextil' ( for which it is the exclusive certifier) . At a glance: IMOCoveredNot covered Organic NOP, USDA-NOP, OE, GOTS ( also offered: JAS, but not relevant for fibres) Genetic modification GOTS, OE 100, OE Blended ( agriculture) OE Blended ( processing) Water effluentGOTSOE Air emissions GOTSOE Energy consumptionGOTSOE Worker safety GOTSOE Consumer safetyGOTSOE Social criteriaGOTSOE RSL/ Chemical residuesGOTSOE Responsible water use GOTS OE ( agriculture) OE ( processing) Organic certification
Eco- Textile Labelling Guide 2010 32 2012. Until then, it is acceptable to use either symbol. The use of the symbol on labels must be approved by the Soil Association before a certificate can be issued. See the checklist below. Note: From 1 January 2010 hang tag textile labels and sewn in garment labels must also identify the final manufacturer or brand holder by their name, licence number, symbol or any other unique code identifiable to the Soil Association. Making changes to products and labels All changes to products and labels must be approved by The Soil Association before marketing and printing. Organic certification W ith close links throughout the textiles industry, we offer our licensees an unrivalledlevelofservice. OurorganicstandardsconformtotheGlobalOrganic Textile Standards ( GOTS) and cover the processing and manufactureoftextiles, hides, skins and leathers - which means you can offer your customers a greater choice. Find out how your business can benefit from going organic: call us on 0117 914 2406 emailgoorganic@ soilassociation. orgorvisitwww. soilassociation. org/ certification Backed byover 25 years' experience, the Soil Association symbol sendsa clearmessage to your customers - your products meet the strictest organic standards Genuine organic Contact General: Soil Association South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NX, UK Tel: + 44 ( 0) 117 314 5000 Fax: + 44 ( 0) 117 314 5001 Web: www. soilassociation. org ? . garment and hang tag labels must identify the final manufacturer or brand holder by their name and licence number. ? garment labels must state the materials used in the product and their relative percentages. ? products must be labelled with the wording ' Global Organic Textile Standard'. ? hang tag labels must include a reference to the agricultural method of production, for example, ' organically produced' or ' produced under organic standards'. ? . the Soil Association organic symbol should be recreated from original artwork, available on request, and should be displayed at a minimum size of 10mm.