The labels and certifications listed here are a prerequisite for the labelling of a sustainable product at Breuninger.
For more detailed information, click on the respective logo.
Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. BCI trains farmers to use water efficiently, to care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, to reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and to respect the rights and well-being of workers. Products with this label contain at least 50% cotton, from a retailer or brand that is committed to sourcing Better Cotton and investing in BCI farmers. It does not mean the product is made of tangibly better cotton.
For more information visit bettercotton.org/learnmore
B Corp Certification is awarded to companies that are committed to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. Through an extensive assessment process, it measures corporate governance, employee rights, and impact on the environment, society and customers. B Corp Certification is awarded for the entire company and is not a direct certification of a product or service.
For more information visit bcorporation.net
BDIH / COSMOS Standard
The BDIH (Association of German Industries) label identifies certified natural and organic cosmetics. Certification is based on the internationally harmonised “COSMOS Standard”, which is the most important association of standard organisations for natural and organic cosmetics. The certified products can be recognised by the signatures “COSMOS Natural” and “COSMOS Organic”.
The manufacturers of the products that have been awarded BDIH certification label set the highest standards for modern, natural and particularly skin-friendly care in their product development. The careful handling of plant-based active and care substances and the consideration of the latest scientific findings stand for innovative, caring and protective products that make naturalness an experience every single day. Natural raw materials such as plant-based oils, fats and waxes, herbal extracts and flower waters or essential oils and aromas are used in the products. For COSMOS organic, these raw materials must come from controlled organic cultivation or controlled wild collection.
In addition to the careful selection of the plant-based raw materials used, the ecological compatibility of each product, i.e. environmentally friendly and resource-efficient manufacturing processes, the optimal degradability of raw materials and the economical use of recyclable packaging materials play an important role.
The bioRe® brand stands for the world’s highest standards regarding organic cotton and fair trade. The brand is owned by the bioRe® Foundation. Remei AG is the exclusive licensee.
Textiles under the bioRe® Sustainable Textiles quality label are traceable back to the point of cultivation. The individual process steps along the entire transparent supply chain and compliance with the bioRe Sustainable Textile standard are strictly monitored using the bioRe® quality-assurance system and by independent external institutes.
The fair-traded cotton, which is awarded the bioRe® Sustainable Cotton quality label, comes from controlled organic cultivation by smallholder farmers in India and Tanzania. GMO-free seeds are used for organic cotton cultivation.
For more information visit biore.ch
Consumer goods bearing the bluesign® PRODUCT label meet the strict safety and environmental requirements of the bluesign® CRITERIA. These products are made of bluesign approved fabrics and accessories and are produced in a resource conserving way with minimum impact on people and the environment.
For more information visit bluesign.com
Cotton made in Africa
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable cotton from Africa. Since 2005, CmiA has been committed to protecting the environment while improving working and living conditions for smallholder farmers and ginnery workers.
For more information visit cottonmadeinafrica.org
Cradle to Cradle Certified™
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ is a label of the non-profit organisation Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The aim is to promote an economic system without waste. This means that all materials used in a product can be recycled or biodegraded. The label distinguishes products that use environmentally safe materials that are not harmful to health and are recyclable, and that are manufactured in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. For each category, the product attains an achievement level: Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
For more information visit c2ccertified.org
CSE (Certified Sustainable Economics)
CSE stands for Certified Sustainable Economics/Enterprise, and therefore audited sustainability in companies.
Products marked with the CSE label come from companies whose sustainability performance has been audited. The basis for the assessment is the CSE standard, which specifies criteria for sustainable business practices. In contrast to existing individual environmental or social labels, CSE must comply with requirements from all three areas – ecology, social affairs and economics. In this sense, CSE stands for a comprehensive understanding of sustainability that pays equal attention to criteria such as human rights, resource conservation and ethical finance.
For more information visit gfaw.eu/cse
Ecocert certification is currently based on the COSMOS standard for organic or natural cosmetics and the Cosmetic Standard.
The COSMOS standard for organic or natural cosmetics generally stands for ingredients of natural origin, the promotion of organic ingredients, the avoidance of ingredients of petrochemical origin and the avoidance of ingredients of animal origin. The standard covers in detail all aspects of sourcing, manufacturing, marketing and control of cosmetic products.
For more information visit cosmos-standard.org
Ecocert Cosmetics is a standard for environmentally friendly products, which guarantees the use of ingredients from renewable raw materials that are manufactured using environmentally friendly processes. Although this standard is currently still used by a large number of manufacturers, it is gradually being replaced by the COSMOS standard.
For more information visit ecocert-imo.ch
The European Ecolabel (EU Ecolabel or EU Flower for short) is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their lifecycle: from raw material extraction, to production, distribution and disposal. The EU Ecolabel was launched in 1992 by the European Commission and is intended to enable consumers to identify more environmentally friendly products and services. The EU Ecolabel is recognised in all 28 member states of the European Union, as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
For more information visit eu-ecolabel.de
Fair Wear Foundation
Fair Wear’s mission is to improve working conditions for the hundreds of thousands of workers involved in the production of garments for Fair Wear member companies. To achieve this, the organisation focuses on garment production, specifically sewing, cutting and trimming processes – the most labour-intensive parts of the supply chain. The foundation works with 130 member brands who are committed to finding a fairer way to make clothes. The organisation engages directly with factories, trade unions, NGOs and governments to find answers to problems others think are unsolvable. Together they’re stitching together new solutions across the supply chain to make fashion fair for everyone.
For more information visit fairwear.org
Fair Trade USA®
Fair Trade USA® is a non-profit organisation and certifier of Fair Trade products. The label identifies products that promote sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions, environmental protection and strong, transparent supply chains. For each product sold, a bonus is paid in the producing country into a development fund controlled by the producer.
For more information visit fairtradecertified.org
Fairtrade Cotton Mark
The Fairtrade Cotton Mark indicates that a product is made with raw cotton that has been fairly produced and traded, which is directly traceable through all stages of production and separated from non-Fairtrade cotton during processing. The cotton used in textiles bearing this mark is 100% Fairtrade certified.
Fairtrade provides smallholder cooperatives with more stable prices and long-term trading relationships. Farmers and plantation workers both receive an additional Fairtrade premium to invest in community projects. The standards also include criteria on democratic organisational structures, environmental protection and safe working conditions. Fairtrade certification is carried out by FLOCERT.
For more information visit fairtrade-deutschland.de
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
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. Quality assurance is carried out through independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres. Yarns, fabrics, clothing, home textiles and further products made from textile fibres can be certified. The standard does not specify criteria for leather and fur products.
For more information visit global-standard.org
Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
The Global Recycle Standard (GRS) is a full international product standard and is one of the leading and most trusted certifications for products made from recycled material. Articles that are labelled with the GRS consist of at least 50% recycled materials. In addition, the GRS stands for compliance with high standards along the entire supply chain. The individual production processes are controlled independently, ensuring compliance with environmental management criteria, chemical restrictions and socially responsible manufacturing.
For more information visit textileexchange.org
The Green Button is a German government-run certification label for sustainable textiles. It demands that mandatory standards are met to protect people and the environment. A total of 46 stringent social and environmental criteria must be met – from the payment of minimum wages, compliance with working hours and the ban on child and forced labour to the prohibition of the use of hazardous chemicals and plasticisers as well as the stipulation of binding limits for wastewater in production. Independent inspection bodies monitor compliance with the criteria. The German Accreditation Body (DAkkS) ensures independent and credible testing.
For more information visit gruener-knopf.de
LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded viscose fibres are manufactured only from certified and controlled wood sources and produced with significantly lower fossil energy use and water than generic viscose. They are certified with the internationally recognised EU Ecolabel. This label of environmental excellence is only awarded to products and services which have a significantly lower environmental impact throughout their lifecycle: from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres can be unquestionably identified in the final product.
For more information visit ecovero.com
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a traceable product label for all kinds of textiles (e.g. garments, home textiles) and leather products (e.g. garments, finished and semi-finished leathers) including non-textile/non-leather components (e.g. accessories). The MADE IN GREEN label verifies that an article has been tested for harmful substances. This is carried out through certification in accordance with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® or LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®. It also guarantees that the textile or leather product has been manufactured using sustainable processes under socially responsible working conditions. This is carried out through certification in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX®. You can use a unique product ID on the label to trace the countries and production facilities in which the labelled article was produced.
For more information visit oeko-tex.com
NATRUE is a Brussels-based international non-profit association committed to promoting and protecting Natural and Organic Cosmetics worldwide. Founded in 2007, the aim of the association is to promote and protect natural and organic cosmetics for the benefit of consumers worldwide and to create awareness for natural cosmetics. The NATRUE label sets high standards of quality and performance to enable people worldwide to enjoy natural cosmetics that meet their expectations. Currently more than 6,700 products from more than 300 brands carry the NATRUE label.
For more information visit natrue.org
NATURTEXTIL IVN certified BEST
Since 2000, NATURTEXTIL IVN certified BEST incorporates the guidelines for sustainable textiles on the basis of definitions of ecology and social accountability formulated by the International Association of Natural Textiles (IVN e.V.), applied to the entire textile production chain. Because this represents the highest currently achievable level of production, it is logical that only a limited number of products can meet them.
This quality standard, known primarily within Europe, currently defines the highest level of textile sustainability by applying the maximum currently achievable parameters to production and product.
For more information visit naturtextil.com
Organic Content Standard (OCS) 100
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) 100 is a standard for tracking and verifying the content of organically grown materials in a final product. It covers the entire manufacturing process – each partner in the supply chain is verified by an accredited third-party certification body, this allows for transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification. Products with this certificate contain at least 95% organic material. The certificate does not cover environmental aspects of processing, such as the use of chemicals or the production conditions.
For more information visit textileexchange.org
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)
PEFC is the largest institution for ensuring sustainable forest management by an independent certification system. Wood and wood products with the PEFC label are certified as originating from forests managed in an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable manner.
PEFC Germany was founded in 1999 as a registered association and develops the standards and procedures of certification, provides information to the public and grants the rights to the PEFC logo in Germany. PEFC is the most important forest certification system in Germany: with 7.5 million hectares of certified forest area, around two-thirds of German forests are already PEFC-certified.
Forest certification according to PEFC standards is based on the very strict guidelines for the sustainable management of forests. This management is controlled by competent and independent organisations. If a product made of wood bears the PEFC label then this means that the entire production – from the raw material to the ready-to-use end product – is certified, transparent and has been verified by independent experts.
For more information visit pefc.org
TENCEL™ is Lenzing’s premium textile brand for a wide range of special applications. TENCEL™ fibres help to maintain the environmental balance by being integrated into nature’s cycle. The fibres originate from the renewable raw material wood, created by photosynthesis. The certified biobased fibres are then manufactured using an environmentally responsible production process. Composed of natural materials, TENCEL™ fibres are certified as compostable and biodegradable, and can fully revert back to nature.
For more information visit tencel.com
World Fairtrade Organization (WFTO)
The WFTO Fair Trade Standard is awarded by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). WFTO brings together more than 400 fair trade organisations and is thus a membership organisation. Companies that are awarded the WFTO product label are committed to improving the living and working conditions of producers in developing countries. WFTO grant accreditation to Fair Trade Organisations who fully comply with the Ten Principles of Fair Trade. Only companies that successfully pass the verification system are allowed to label their products with the WFTO Guaranteed Fair Trade label.
For more information visit wfto.com