Products are labelled for a variety of reasons: informing the user of product guidelines, composition data, voluntary agreements and environmental issues being just a few. They can be either mandatory or voluntary and with so many (over 40 eco-labels for textiles alone) it is no wonder labelling can become confusing for a consumer.
Knowing what eco-labels refer to, and understanding which ones are most suitable for a product being designed, is critical. Of 42 eco-labels we examined, only five had criteria relating to end-of-life, with others indicating, for example, organic cotton, non-hazardous chemical use and fair, ethical working conditions for the employees down the supply chain.
Our decision tool is designed to give corporate clothing suppliers and purchasers an idea of where to start with product labelling, which ones are suitable for the garments being produced, and which aspects are most important for your company. Although the tool doesn’t go into detail for each label, this can be found in greater depth in the Eco-labels for Textiles table.
For an in depth report of how labels can be of benefit to corporate clothing, and detailed analysis of the major eco-labels available in this area, see our ‘Eco-labels in Textiles’ page in Research.
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