cotton textile industry
CERTIFICATIONS IN TEXTILE INDUSTRY– THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASIA AND EUROPE.
What is made in textile industry?
It’s common knowledge that nowadays most of the brands looking to launch new products on the market are continuously pursuing the objective of being more sustainable and reducing the footprint the textile industry/manufacturing processes leave on Earth.
This premisse is extremely important and should be taken quite seriously when choosing your production facility for you products. But how do brands choose?
The most important aspect when selecting the best partner on textile industry to manufacture your products is, first of all, the location.
Selecting the factory in terms on location may be important for geographic strategy, to be closer to your company in order to save time and dislocation costs.
Why is textile industry important?
Another aspect may be the price range of products between countries, as it’s well know that the Asian market is more inviting in that matter compared to the European market.
But how far are you willing to risk your sustainability and environmental impact in order to save in production costs?
This question was the starting factor that pushed independent companies to start certifying the products and materials released on the market so buyers can have some safety and certainty when purchasing a product.
Between the more important ones, we elevate two of them:
- OEKO-TEX 100 certifies that all products are free of harmful substances for the human health since the raw materials up until the finished product.
- GOTS guarantees that the product is organic from the harvest of the raw material, until the packing of the final product, covering as well all the production processes in between.
However, for the companies producing these products, it takes an extensive process and a lot of requirements to be able to apply to these certificates, so another question is also rising in the textile industry, specially in the EU based companies:
Are these certificates for textile industry really needed for EU regulated companies?
It’s well known that the type of product and craftsmanship offered in asian countries doesn’t compare to EU standards.
This is due to the fact that all EU companies are subjected to a very serious and extensive control and scrutiny just to be able to operate according to EU laws.
Most asian companies work with precarious working conditions for the employees, bad infrastructures, child labour, low wages and sometimes without the basic safety measures.
These companies are rarely subjected to any type of safety and higiene control, given the fact that the country laws were they are based overlook the type of situation currently existing on the textile industry.
In the EU, this simply doesn’t happen.
Companies are forced to follow safety and higiene standards that if not followed, may implicate the closure of the facility and consequently the company.
Minimum wage is mandatory for any employee, child labour is completely forbidden and workers must have goos working conditions to operate their functions properly.
When any of these points is not followed, high fines are applied.
What type of industry is textile?
So, are certificates really necessary in EU companies for textile industry ?
Cotton is mandatorily controlled by EU companies at all stages.
Fabric suppliers must test the raw materials for pesticides as well as controlling all the steps of weaving the materials until the final product, assuring that the final material is not harmful and remains organic throughout the chain of production.
So, why do these companies need an independent company to make the same tests just to provide a certificate, implying extra costs for this, which will consequently result in the increase of the costs of the fabrics themselves bared by the brands consuming it.
It’s important to point out that the analysis that results in a certificate will be done at one of the stages of the production- usually when the raw cotton arrives for weaving, in the case of the GOTS certificate.
Regarding OEKO-TEX, depending on the level of the certificate, its sometimes redundant as EU companies make the control of the harmful substances throughout the processe of manufacturing.
This ultimately means that a lot of times brands require certificates which will result in an increase of prices just for the sake of the “branding”, when in\ fact, the actual control done to achieve said certificates it’s already being done during the various stages of the garment production, from the fabric supplier, to the dyeing house quality control until the manufacturing quality control.
In summary, our recommendation, as a company that controls the various processes throughout, that has implemented it’s own sustainability circle, where we treat and re-use our water, save in energy and work daily for a zero waste policy.
Is to know your suppliers, to contact them, visit them, check the facilities and process control policies during the various stages of development of your product.
Those are the key point when selecting your manufacturer. Certificates alone are nowadays more of a necessity to control companies without governmental regulation and are becoming just a branding aspect of European productions.
To find more information:
CFB Textile Group
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