Eco- Textile Labelling Guide 20105 Welcome to the second, updated edition of theEco- Textile Labelling Guide, which was first published in September 2008 and finally sold out last year. This easy- to- read handbook is designed for manufacturers, retailers and buyers who want to source or produce clothing that has a low impact on the environment and that is made in a socially responsible manner. A lot has changed since we first published this booklet and with constant reader requests for updates on standards and labelling we decided to publish this new version. The popularity of the 2008 edition was because it provided readers with ' at a glance' information. It did not include exhaustive lists of restricted substances. Neither did it go into the finer procedural details for each standard. So we have kept the same format here and refer readers to the appropriate web- sites where all the relevant documentation can be found. Over the last two years there has been a move towards greater harmonisation of organic and eco- textile standards, but this has met with limited success. The Global Organic Textile Standard ( page 25 - 27) has united the organic textile certification sector to a degree, but from some manufac-turers point of view some of its criteria are not yet practical. On the other hand, some ethical consumers are asking GOTS certifiers to tighten up on organic textile processing rules. So it's a very fine balance. The situation with third- party voluntary eco- textile labels is a bit different. Rather than consolidating around one standard, the situation seems to be very fluid. In this edition, we report on several new standards such as ' Made in Green' ( page: 73) and the new Global Recycling Standard ( page: 68) which has been developed by certifier Control Union ( page: 44). We also understand that other organisations will now become involved in certifying the GRS. We've attempted to outline the latest news from China on ecological textile product legislation ( page: 78), but the picture still remains far from clear. We've included US-based GreenGuard given its recent movement into home furnishings and interiors while we have decided not to cover the German ' Blue Angel' in this edition since textiles are now a marginal part of its overall scope. We'd like to once again thank Messe Frankfurt for helping us to bring you this publication. This trade show organiser has already taken a lead in developing and promoting the concept of eco- textiles at its global fabric shows ( pp: 92 - 93). Trust and transparency are the new watch words of today's consumers and retailers, so this new version of the Eco- Textile Labelling Guidewill be a useful reference tool for those who want to start sourcing eco- textiles and ethically- made clothing - and labelling them with confidence. Introduction Confident labelling John Mowbray Publisher
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