Does this sound familiar? You want to buy a pair of trousers or a T-shirt in a sustainable shop. On the labels of the items you often find several labels such as GOTS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Bluesign, Cradle to Cradle or Fair Wear. But you never know exactly which criteria the labels fulfil and what they all mean. In the end, you can only trust that there is something good in it.
In the textile industry there are dozens of certifications and labels and somehow there are more and more. At the end of the day, this jungle of labels is quite frustrating. What exactly does GOTS mean and what is behind Bluesign? What criteria do Fair Wear certified clothes have to fulfil?