Certifications and partnerships
Working with certifications has always been a big part of our traceability and integrity strategy. We have been GOTS-certified almost since day one and all the cotton we use is certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or Organic Content Standard (OCS).
More and more new sustainable materials and fibers are entering the market than ever before. As we always strive for innovation, we also include some of these fibers in our collections. They are fibers that do not meet a certification standard but for which we have set our own KnowledgeCotton requirements. To be included in this category, the fibers must still be organic, recycled or sustainable in other ways. The supply chain still has to meet the high demands on social compliance and our restricted chemicals which are based on the GOTS standard and the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals).
At KnowledgeCotton Apparel we are certified and work with certification of GOTS, OCS and GRS. We have chosen to work with these to give the consumer reassurance that the product they buy in fact has been certified and inspected by a 3rd party. This give guarantee for the raw fiber input, the production process, the chemicals used and the people involved is all done in the best possible way and that they meet the world leading standards for integrity and transparency.
GOTS is the world’s leading certification standard for organic textiles including both ecological and social criteria. GOTS covers
every step in the production process, from fiber to finished garment.
OCS is a certification that verifies the amount of organic cotton in the final product, only taking into account the content of the fiber.
GRS is the world’s leading certification standard for recycled textiles including both ecological and social criteria. GRS covers every step in the production process from the fiber to the finished garment.
KCA Requirement is our own label for a pool of products that is in the process of converting from KCA Requirement to third-party certifications. It is also the group of products that do not fit into a certification and the limits within a certification. You can be sure that the fiber content is always made from a sustainable source. 99% of these products are made in our supply chain of certified companies. The reason we use KCA Requirement is to push boundaries and develop new sustainable products.
KnowledgeCotton Apparel has teamed up with PETA and use their ‘Vegan’ logo to make it clear to our customers that they are buying a cruelty-free product with no use of animal materials. We also feel it is time to take a stand in the fight for animal rights and believe that we need to reset our approach to using animals in industries. This is a natural match in our approach for an organic planet.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is one of the largest animal rights organizations in the world.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, the clothing trade, laboratories and the entertainment industry.
All our wood and paper that is used for hangers, marketing material and hangtags are made from FSC-certified wood.
The Forest Stewardship Council® is a third-party certification that ensures the material is sourced from responsible forestry and plantation.
We have been a member of Textile Exchange ever since KnowledgeCotton Apparel was established. We enjoy this partnership as it is enlightening and inspiring and we want to support the great efforts of Textile Exchange. Textile Exchange inspires and equips people to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain. They focus on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global textile industry and maximizing its positive effects.
Control Union is our certification body for the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).
IMO has been our certification body for GOTS and OCS since 2009. Our cooperation with them goes back even further as we also worked with them at the Morup Stof fabric mill. IMO joined EcoCert this year.