Glossary: TE Standards

The Textile Exchange standards have been developed through a multi-stakeholder approach to support the integrity of product claims by providing verification from an independent third-party. http://textileexchange.org/standardshttp://textileexchange.org/content/industry-integrity-textile-exchange

Mission: Textile Exchange inspires and equips people to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain. We focus on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global textile industry and maximizing its positive effects.

What We Do

  • Convene, inform and build capacity in our membership base and across the industry
  • Advocate product and industry integrity
  • Help bring positive innovations to scale
  • Improve organic farmers’ visibility, access to stable markets, and better develop business capabilities through education
  • Create partnerships that accelerate sustainable practices across the global textile industry

 

CONTENT CLAIM STANDARD
The Content Claim Standard (CCS) applies the two Textile Exchange principles of maintaining the identity of a raw material as well as tracking the raw material from input to the final product. It can be used for any raw material on a business-to-business basis. http://textileexchange.org/CCS

 

GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD v3
The Global Recycled Standard is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. The GRS is intended to meet the need of companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products (both finished and intermediate products) and to verify responsible social, environmental, and chemical practices in the production of these products. The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims, good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimized. The standard covers processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of all products made with a minimum of 20% recycled material (the minimum content percentage for labeling with the GRS v3 logo is 50%). http://textileexchange.org/GRS

 

ORGANIC CONTENT STANDARD
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is a standard for tracking and verifying the content of organically grown materials in a final product. The Organic Content Standard (OCS) applies to any non-food product containing 5-100% organic material. It verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product. It tracks the flow of a raw material from the source to the final product and this process is certified by an accredited third party. It allows for transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of organic material content claims on products. http://textileexchange.org/OCS

 

RECYCLED CLAIM STANDARD

The TE Recycled Claim Standard verifies the presence and amount of recycled material in a final product through input and chain-of-custody verification from a third party. It allows for transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of recycled material content claims on products. http://textileexchange.org/RCS

 

RESPONSIBLE DOWN STANDARD
The TE Responsible Down Standard (RDS) ensures that down or feathers are sourced from responsibly treated geese, ducks, or other waterfowl, and tracks the material through the supply chain.  The chain of custody of the certified down is backed up by TE’s Content Claim Standard. http://textileexchange.org/RDS

 

RESPONSIBLE WOOL STANDARD
The Responsible Wool Standard is currently in development. This is designed to be a global standard that will protect animal welfare, influence best practices, ensure traceability and ultimately give consumers clear and trustworthy information that will allow them to make responsible choices. http://textileexchange.org/Wool

 

Wool
Wool is an important fiber in the textile industry; it has a long history, and an even longer future. Its versatility, performance characteristics, and comfort give it great value in a range of applications, and keep it as a perennial favorite among consumers.

Wool owes its unique properties to the sheep that grow it, and we owe it to the sheep to ensure that their welfare is being protected. To this end, Textile Exchange has initiated the development of the Responsible Wool Standard. The RWS is designed to be a global standard that will protect animal welfare, influence best practices, ensure traceability, and ultimately give consumers clear and trustworthy information that will allow them to make responsible choices.

Work on the RWS began in February 2014, after H&M contacted TE about addressing their wool supply. The decision was made to involve the full industry, and as a result the development of the standard is being done through the International Working Group. This group represents the broad spectrum of interested parties, including animal welfare groups, brands, farmers, supply chain members, industry associations, as well as apparel, home, and carpeting brands.

Work on the RWS began in February 2014, after H&M contacted TE about addressing their wool supply. The decision was made to involve the full industry, and as a result the development of the standard is being done through the International Working Group. This group represents the broad spectrum of interested parties, including animal welfare groups, brands, farmers, supply chain members, industry associations, as well as apparel, home, and carpeting brands.

Organic Content Standard (OCS)

TE Recycled Claim Standard

Responsible Down Standard (new)

Content Claim Standard (CCS)

Global Recycled Standard (GRS)