What Organic Content Standard OCS?
Organic Content Standard (SCO) is a textile certification that guarantees the biological (organic) origin of a textile fiber. This certification model is only applicable to natural fabrics (of vegetable or animal origin), and in particular al organic cotton, certainly the most widespread fiber of biological origin in the textile sector.
Also hemp, wool, ramie, e linen, if grown following the standards of organic farming, they can obtain certification OCS, but at the moment there are no certifications on these fibers, but only on cotton.
The certification model OCS provides two different standards for the labeling of biological fabrics:
- Organic content blended : When the fabric contains at least 5% biological fiber.
- Organic content 100 : When the fabric contains at least 95% biological fiber.
We can not consider certification Organic content blended, as it is truly irrelevant for the environmental impact of a product. On the contrary, the certification Organic content 100 deserves our attention, since a textile product composed of the 95% from organic fibers it has a decidedly reduced environmental impact compared to a product made up of non-organic fibers.
Certification Organic Content Standard is a project of Textile Exchange, a global non-profit organization, working to lead the textile industry towards more sustainable fashion.
The textile industry contributes to the increasingly widespread drama of environmental pollution, but making products with organic fabrics can drastically reduce its impact.
We have always sponsored organic, and we believe it is a choice to be carefully evaluated in all commercial sectors. We want to show this infographic that explains by numbers the differences between standard cotton and organic cotton:
Organic farming reduces environmental pollution and social exploitation compared tointensive agriculture. While organic farms are less cruel to animals than intensive breeding. To learn more about the topic, we recommend reading our article: Organic clothing, dress the fashion of the future!
Certification OCS it is applicable to all textile products, but is mainly used to certify the organic origin of cotton (organic cotton).
OCS verifies the presence of biological material in the fabric, but also takes care of tracing the procurement of materials and the finished and marketed product.
Organic Content Standard however, it does not evaluate these aspects:
- Compliance with organic farming standards.
- The social aspect of production.
- The chemicals used during production.
Since the fibers of biological origin are more ecological than traditional ones, the label OCS however, it is the guarantor of an ecological product, but does not guarantee that it is socially ethical (unless the manufacturing company has other certifications).
Comparing OCS with others textile certifications of biological origin such as the Global Organic Textile Standard cotton, we realize that OCS has quite evident limits, even though it is still a very valid alternative to traditional clothing. cotton, for example, in addition to guaranteeing the presence of organic fabric, it evaluates the entire textile supply chain:
- The cultivation of cotton which must comply with the standards imposed by the same organic farming model used in the food sector.
- Respect for the rights of farmers and workers within industries.
- The use of chemicals that are potentially dangerous for humans and the environment.
- Accessories used to complete a textile product, such as zippers, buttons, etc.
- Transport and packaging, which must comply with certain standards imposed by the certification.
This is the "biological model" that we all hope to see grow in the textile sector.
OCS Certification Standard
There are two certification standards OCS: Organic Content Blended and Organic Content 100
Organic content blended
Organic content blended it is the simplest standard to obtain, but on the other hand it is also the least useful for the environment.
Certify that the final product contains at least the 5% organic fiber, but it is too low a value to define the product as ecological.
This is a little used standard, which nevertheless remains useful in the transition phase of a company towards a more sustainable production. A transition that starts right from the use of ecological fabrics with low environmental impact. Among many, certified cotton Organic content blended it is certainly the least demanding on an economic level.
Organic content 100
Organic content 100 instead, it is a higher standard, as this label certifies that the 95% of the fabric used is of biological origin. The remaining 5% of the fabric could be standard natural fiber, synthetic fabric, or man-made fabric.
Between the two standards offered by OCS certification, Organic content 100 it is certainly the most appreciated from an environmental point of view, as well as the most sought after by fashion brands that aim to create a truly sustainable product.
OCS for Companies
Are you a producer? You want to get certified Organic Content Standard and apply the OCS logo on your products? Then you must contact the certifying body for the Italian market: ICEA - Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification.
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