From fair trade to ecologically friendly, many of our products are made according to stringent certification standards. Our suppliers work hard to meet the criteria set by each certification body. Allow us to explain what each one means and how it benefits you.
Care & Fair is a charity working in carpet making communities across India, Nepal and Pakistan, ensuring children in these areas are given the opportunity to break the cycle of child labour through provision of education and healthcare. Since 1994, Care & Fair certificates ensure that all rugs and carpets that are produced in India, Pakistan and Nepal adhere to strict laws regarding child labour, living conditions, wages and the social situation of the workers. The Care & Fair programme gives back to the communities it works in by building schools and hospitals, all financed with money raised from the certification program. With over 450 member companies, Care & Fair is making strides towards a future free of child labour and exploitation.
Probably the most well-known quality standard certificate, Fairtrade is a product certification system designed to help consumers to identify products that meet strict environmental, humanitarian and developmental standards. It ensures that producers can get an honest price for the goods they make by distributing the profits from the final sale more fairly amongst the chain of supply. They also ensure that the producers themselves adhere to strict standards in terms of child labour and wage and working conditions.
The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-for-profit organisation operating internationally to ensure environmentally appropriate, economically viable and socially beneficial forest management. The FSC certificate is given to products that come from forests where the wood has been sustainably forested, and has not encroached on the rights of indigenous populations or damaged the fragile eco-system that exists in many of the world’s forests.
The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent test and certification process for textiles – raw, produced and end products – at all stages of manufacturing. The certificate ensures that textile products adhere to companies’ environmental and social responsibilities, but the key purpose of the standard is to guarantee that products only contain textiles that pose no harm to human health. It ensures a confidence in textiles that only OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 can provide.
A sign of quality when it comes to duvets and pillows, the Daunacara® certification helps you sleep easy knowing your bedding is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. The dense down that characterises Daunacara® certified products means that mites have very little chance to crawl inside, ensuring that bedding is safe for allergy sufferers.
Renowned as “the global authority for quality woollen products,” the Woolmark certification is attained by high-quality manufacturers using wool to make their wares. Established in 1964, rigorous standards developed by the body assure that only the most pure, soft and quality wool fibres are used to make products that bear the Woolmark logo. As the world’s leading wool textile organisation, Woolmark take an active role in educating consumers and promoting innovators in the field of wool production.
The Blue Butterfly is a global interactive trust mark awarded by Positive Luxury, an independent body providing information about brands’ social and environmental conduct. They use cutting-edge technology and thorough research to assess how sustainable a company is- from sourcing to selling. Brands which meet their high standards are awarded the Blue Butterfly, meaning customers can shop with peace of mind.
The German RAL Quality Assurance System awards a special mark to products and services displaying a particular level of high-quality. The mark effectively acts as an award or prize and takes into account the following aspects of a product or service — environmental friendliness, safety, efficiency, customer care and decent staff working conditions. There are over 160 ‘Quality Marks’ to cover all economic sectors, from the construction and agricultural industries to the food and services industries.
Recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) defines high-level environmental as well as social criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified.
ISO stands for the International Organisation for Standardisation, a body who develops and publishes International Standards. The ISO 9001 is a special certificate setting out the requirements of a quality management system, ideal for ensuring products and services consistently meet a customer’s requirements and that quality is consistently improved.
REACH certification aims to protect human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. The certificate is awarded to producers and manufactures by the European Union which can demonstrate the safe use and risk management of chemical substances. The process aims to improve the development of chemicals, reduce the use of dangerous chemicals in the long run, and helps curb animal testing.
The Soil Association Organic certifies 100% organic wool and promotes sustainable and cruelty-free farming practices, ensuring the sheep are reared, fed, sheltered and transported with consideration for their wellbeing. Organic animals are not routinely treated with antibiotics, wormers or pesticides, and are reared on organic feed and grazed on organic land. In addition, the wool is not processed with harmful manufacturing chemicals so is free from chemical residue.
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