Ecolabel Comparison

Eco labels have become an important marketing tool for many companies and consequently the availability of different eco labels has grown. However it is important to understand that not all eco labels are alike as each eco label differs in its approach.

The main eco labels are;

Sustainable Textile Standard (USA)

MBDC Cradle to Cradle

Greentag

EU Ecolabel

Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ)

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)

Oeko Tex

Eco labels such as GECA, EU Flower and Oeko Tex address a single issue while others, such as the Sustainable Textile Standard and MBDC, are lifecycle based. The lifecycle issues addressed by each standard are highlighted in green.

Sustainable Textile Standard (USA)

The Sustainable Textile Standard addresses all lifecycle factors including raw material extraction,
safety of chemicals, energy, water and recycling

Greentag

The Greentag Standard addresses most lifecycle factors including raw material extraction,
safety of chemicals, water and recycling

MBDC Cradle to Cradle

The Cradle to Cradle Standard addresses all lifecycle factors including raw material extraction,
safety of chemicals, energy, water and recycling

European Union (EU) Textile Standard

The EU Ecolabel standard mainly addresses a single lifecycle issue of production, and can
certify non-environmental textiles such as acrylic and polypropylene. The standard has been updated to mandate a % recycled content for polyester and nylon

Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ) Textiles, Skins + Leathers Standard

The ECNZ standard mainly addresses a single lifecycle issue of production, and can certify non-environmental
textiles such as virgin polyester, nylon and acrylic

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Textile Standard

The GECA Textile standard mainly addresses a single lifecycle issue of production, and can certify non-environmental
textiles such as virgin polyester, nylon and acrylic

Oeko Tex

The Oeko Tex standard addresses the level of chemical residues contained in the final product, and can certify
non-environmental textiles such as virgin polyester, nylon and acrylic