One of the things that are important to me in designing a clothing label, is that it's items are sustainable. I'm not in it for changing the world - let's be realistic: I'm just another mother with an urge to create something nice ;) - but I sure do not want to contribute to making it worse either.
I did some research and found out the highest standard for items is being
GOTS certified. A little background:
'The aim of the Global Organic Textile standard is to define world-wide
recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting
of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible
manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic
fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.'
I have tried my best to get a GOTS certification for my labels, but since
I'm just starting up and want my clothing to be affordable, GOTS is not a
realistic aim just yet. For now, about 50% of the Finch + Agnes'
first collection will be made from bio cotton. Hopefully - given there is a
future for Finch + Agnes - new collections will come closer to
achieving this goal.
All the more respect for brands like Mini Rodini, Nosweet and Popupshop that
offer GOTS certified clothing!