O'Donnell, TX (PRWEB) February 19, 2013
Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating sustainable practices in the textile industry, has partnered with Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) through the Materials Traceability Working Group to release the Organic Content Standard (OCS). This Standard will provide companies with a tool to follow organic raw materials as they move through the various production steps to a final product. Independent third-parties check each facility and each shipment to make sure that goods are kept separate from non-organic materials and labeled properly before moving on to the next step. The OCS will replace the OE standards (OE 100 and OE Blended) which were developed in 2004 to track organic cotton. The OCS will allow certified organic input of any material and is no longer limited to cotton. The Standard, Implementation Manual and additional information are available at: http://textileexchange.org/content/organic-content-standard.
Tracking materials by a third-party provides external accountability to common product claims, such as “made with organic x” or “organic wool sweater.” The OCS provides brands with a tool for more accurate labeling, establishes more transparency in the supply chain and provides better information to consumers.
The chain of custody requirements are built upon TE’s Content Claim Standard (CCS), which sets the requirements for maintaining the identity of any raw material through each production step to a final product. Unlike the Organic Content Standard, the Content Claim Standard can be used to verify any material content of any final product, such as the titanium content of ski poles or the non-mulesed wool in a sweater.
Textile Exchange partnered with Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) to have the OCS reviewed from a variety of stakeholders via the Materials Traceability Working Group (MTWG). The MTWG is co-led by TE and OIA and is a subset of the broader OIA Sustainability Working Group.
The MTWG is also exploring the possibility of using a similar approach with other materials categories relevant to the outdoor industry and broader apparel and footwear industries, including recycled inputs, wool and down. Participation in the MTWG and these efforts are open to everyone in the industry. Beth Jensen with Outdoor Industry Association can be contacted at bjensen(at)outdoorindustry(dot)org.
The OCS is now open to certification bodies for accreditation. When the accreditation process is complete, companies may begin the process of third-party certification to the standard. The Standard, Implementation Manual and additional information are available at: http://textileexchange.org/content/organic-content-standard.
ABOUT TEXTILE EXCHANGE
Textile Exchange is a membership-based non-profit dedicated to accelerating sustainable practices in the textile industry. We envision a textile industry that protects and restores the environment and enhances lives. The Industry Integrity teams work in standards and certification is foundational to the work of Textile Exchange. Other TE standards include the Content Claim Standard and the Global Recycle Standard.