Materials and labels
All Okimono garments are produced as environmentally conscious as possible, meeting European rules and regulations, and all materials carry one or more certificates. Here we have listed these.
ORGANIC COTTON & GOTS
All our T-shirts, hoodies, zipper jackets, sweaters and aprons are produced under the Global Organic Textile Standard, GOTS. This is an international label for organic textiles that guarantees environmentally friendly and socially responsible production, with additional requirements for every producer. These standards are applicable to the complete chain (agricultural phase excepted) from the harvesting of the raw fibres until the labelling, thus ensuring an honest and credible product for the end user.
The requirements for organic cotton are laid down in European legislation. No synthetic crop protection may be used in cultivation, nor genetically modified organisms or fertilizer.
Cotton, wool, silk, flax and hemp can be organically grown; mostly cotton is organically grown. (source: Quality marks with the environment Central)
Unlike 'regular' cotton, organic cotton is grown without pesticides or other agricultural poisons. Organic cotton farmers work with organic manure and use natural crop protection. Crop rotation is mandatory, which leads to fewer soil diseases and insect infestations. There are no specific demands concerning the growth of cotton in areas where water is scarce, but there has to be a water management plan in place.
The demand for organic cotton is rising, but still only about 0.2% of all cotton is produced organically. It is difficult to compare different types of substances when it comes to environmental impact, but cotton clearly has a negative impact: cotton cultivation requires a lot of water, pesticides and energy. A cotton shirt costs 2700 litres of water. Cotton production is responsible for 2.6% of global water consumption. Half of all textiles are made from cotton.
(source: Awearness Fashion)
Cotton has been labelled as the most valuable non-food agricultural product and the world's dirtiest crop. Vomiting, paralysis, incontinence, coma, seizures and even death are some of the many side effects that farmers and children in Third World countries suffer when regularly exposed to pesticides, many of which are banned or restricted for use in the West. With more than 90% of the world's cotton farmers living in developing countries, these pesticides are used in areas where illiteracy levels are high and safety awareness is low, with all the risks of harm to people and the environment: "The dangers that poor illiterate children and farmers live with to keep our clothes cheap are unacceptable.".
(source: Environmental Justice Foundation, Steve Trent)
SYNTHETIC FIBRES, OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100, ISO, UNI
All materials for our cycling wear carry OEKO-TEX standard 100, and/ or (UNI) ISO certificates and the haberdashery in our cotton garments also meet this standard 100 of OEKO-TEX.
OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100
The Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX is a worldwide consistent, independent testing system for the use of harmful substances in raw, semi-finished and finished textiles at all processing levels and for haberdashery. Think of raw, coloured and finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics and haberdashery such as buttons, cords and cord ends and stitching yarn.
The International Organization for Standardization ISO is an independent organisation, made up by 164 national organisations for standardisation, which concerns itself with the development and publication of international standards. For Okimono the following certificates are relevant:
- ISO 9001 helps to ensure that consumers can expect consistent products and services of a good quality.
- ISO 14001 helps organizations to reach their own sustainability goals, through a more efficient use of sources and means and through waste reduction.
- With ISO 50001, ccompanies strenghten their energy management systems.
Uni and ISO
UNI is responsible for the development, management and representation of the Italian (ISO-)certifications – specifically mentioned on the certificates of the vegan leather being used in our cycling wear.