Global Organic Latex Standard

The “Global Organic Latex Standard”, GOLS in short, is the newly introduced standard for sustainable processing methods of latex products from organic raw materials. This mainly addresses the standards which need to be maintained with relevance to processing, manufacturing, packing, labeling, trading and distribution of latex products. In addition to the use of organic raw material, this standard also concentrates on aspects such as human health, safety and welfare, and environment in the manufacturing process of latex products

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Global Organic Textile Standard

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.

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Eco Institute (eco-INSTITUT Germany GmbH) is an independent business. Independence in assessment and integrity in testing activities are guaranteed by ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. Eco Institute provides manufacturers, commercial enterprises, importers and exporters from all over the world the highest testing quality benefitting our customers.  Aside from chemical, analytical and physical lab tests in compliance with national and international guidelines and standards, testing and development of quality requirements are also part of our service program as much as furthermore the certification with, for example, the eco-INSTITUT-Label of low-emission and low-pollutant products. One of the priorities of test competence is the measurement of emissions (outgassing) in more than 85 stainless steel and glass test chambers according to ISO 16000, e.g., according to the approval principles of the German Institute of Structural Engineering (DIBt).
The Eco Institute is  closely cooperating  with further accredited testing bodies and universities and are involved as member of standards and testing committees in the production of standards and research methods.

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OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production.  Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns, raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, ready-made articles (all types of clothing, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry cloth items, textile toys and more).  Testing for harmful substances includes: illegal substances, legally regulated substances, known harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicals, as well as parameters for health care.  In their entirety, the requirements clearly exceed existing national legislation.  OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances always is focused on the actual use of the textile. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements to be met.  The requirement for certification of textile products according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is that all components of an item have to comply with the required criteria without exception – that means in addition to the outer material also sewing threads, linings, prints etc. as well as non-textile accessories such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.

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