Worth reading and knowing also from the pen of Katharina Schaus

Passing on knowledge, be it in training courses, lectures, presentations or in publications, is important to us. The more knowledge about certification, organic textile labels and organic textiles is disseminated, the better for all players in the textile chain and consumers. 

green knowledge Vol. 2




Katharina Schaus as Editor


Green knowledge is a handy A to Z guide for sustainability in the textile world. The second edition from 2019 imparts textile knowledge about fibres, materials, harmful substances and finishing methods. In addition certfifications, NGO's, campaigns, associations and brands in the sustainable textile industry are presented.


Available from the publisher of Textilmitteilungen

Certification as a success factor


Sustainable management with trust and transparency

by Rainer Friedel and Edmund A. Spindler



Katharina Schaus, Co-Author, pp. 33-56, Chapter:


Certification in the textile industry -

Insights into the arena of sustainable strategies


A glance at the multifaceted problems in the textile and clothing industry is intended to illustrate how rewarding the use of certification systems can be in the textile industry. A range of initiatives, alliances, campaigns, standards and organic labels - in particular the GOTS Global Organic Textile Standard - will be presented.


Many activities and pseudo-commitments end up in "greenwashing". What this means and where it leads to is described in this chapter. Of course, the various concepts will be reflected upon and solutions and recommendations for action will be presented at the end.



Springer Gabler, 2016, ISBN 978-3-658-09700-4


The way to sustainable clothing


Standards, labels and political framework conditions
by Katharina Schaus, 2013

Labels and brands that promise sustainability were evaluated. In addition to an analysis of problem factors in the textile industry along the value chain, this publication also takes a look at the market situation for sustainable clothing. This report summarises the findings and recommendations for action for policymakers. It shows which political adjustment screws  can be used to improve the manifold problems presented by the state.
It is not a new, further eco label!


Created on behalf of the German parliamentary group "Bündnis 90/Die Grünen".

Gutachten: Nachhaltige Kleidung
by Katharina Schaus on behalf of German parliamentary group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
2013_Gutachten Nachhaltige Kleidung.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 1.5 MB

Competition for land use through export-oriented agriculture


Using the example of cotton
By Katharina Paulitsch (Schaus)

The worldwide exchange of goods, information and capital creates a new quality of interrelations in politics, economics, ecology and culture. The textile and clothing industry is particularly characterised by an international division of labour and thus represents a motor of globalization. The example of cotton cultivation illustrates how, in the context of globalization, consumption in industrialised countries affects land use in developing countries and leads to competition for land use there.

Published as Wuppertal Paper Nr. 148, June 2004, ISSN 0949-5266


The ecological backpack


Economy for a future with a future

by Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek (Ed.)


A cotton T-shirt actually weighs 15 kg and a computer several tons - if you include their ecological backpack. We pollute the environment and consume far too much energy and raw materials. This book shows that it can be done differently, using innovative, creative examples of how the earth's resources can be used more efficiently.


Co-Authors Katharina Paulitsch (Schaus), Holger Rohn, pp. 68-78:
Bare facts - Why the T-shirt is ecologically worse than its reputation.

Hirzel, 2004, ISBN 3-7776-1289-8

Sustainable Solutions


Developing Products and Services for the Future

by Martin Charter und Ursula Tischner


This remarkable book shows that inventive thinking, based on current technological changes, can lead to significant improvements in sustainability.

Katharina Schaus, Co-Author, pp. 381-392, Chapter:
Hess Natur - Acting for the world of tomorrow
A successful concept for resource management in the textile chain.

Greenleaf Publishing, Shefield 2001, ISBN 1874719365

The Fiber Year 2013


World Survey on Textiles & Nonwovens


The production volume in the global textile industry in 2012 increased by 1.9% to 88.5 million tons. This includes an increase in the man-made fiber segments, while natural fibers came to 32.5 million tons due to the decline of 4.3%. Man-made fibers increased by 6.0% to 56.0 million tons.


Expert contributions from: Eklovya Bajaj, Duan Xiaoping, Andreas Eule, Robert Gregan, Andrew Hong, Rudolph de Jong, Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Wilhelm Rauch, Katharina Schaus, Dr. Christian Schindler, Volker Siejak, Jens Soth, Friedrich Weninge, Ketevan Bochorishvili.

Contribution by Katharina Schaus with the title:
Label Primer - Step by step to an eco - label expert

Electronic version of the 2013 Yearbook (in English) with numerous charts and tables at

The Fiber Year 2012


World Survey on Textiles & Nonwovens


Overviews, statistics and expert contributions from: Peter Ackroyd, Michael Carus, Anke Domaske, Hans-Peter Egler, Andreas Eule, Uday Gill, Dr. Alejandro Plastina, Dr. Wilhelm Rauch, Katharina Schaus, Dr. Christian Schindler, Jens Soth, Wang Tiankai, Friedrich Weninger.

Contribution by Katharina Schaus with the title:
Recycling - New developments within the landscape of ECO Textile Labels

Electronic version of the 2012 Yearbook (in English) with numerous charts and tables at


The Fiber Year 2011


World Survey on Textiles & Nonwovens


The volume of total fiber demand reached a new record high of 82.0 million metric tons in 2011. This represents an increase of 2.4 % over the previous year and an average per capita consumption of 11.8 kg of textile materials for clothing, home textiles, carpets and technical textiles.

Contribution by Katharina Schaus, pp. 29-32
Eco-Textile-Label - Making organic fiber content transparent

Electronic version of the 2011 Yearbook (in English) with numerous charts and tables at

the Insiders Guide to Cotton and Sustainability


Author: Simon Ferrigno

This 136-page guide focuses on standards in the organic cotton market and the importance of research and development in the organic cotton sector. The book addresses the social and environmental problems of pesticide use, statistics on cotton production and its possible consequences for the future of the industry. Technical information on biotechnology and genetically modified cotton will also be discussed.

Published by MCL Global, editor of the Ecotextile News and the Knitting Trade Journal. or

Standards Governing the Supply Chain of Organic Cotton


A Guide for Implementation

by Autor Saood Qaseem, MBA (Gold Medallist), M.Sc. Textile and Clothing Management


All over the world people worry about the environment. Industrial pollution is forcing commissions of experts to develop alternatives. Organic cotton has been introduced to avoid the environmental damage caused by the cultivation and processing of conventional cotton. In order to unify the trade of organic cotton and organic cotton products, standards are needed that check product quality and at the same time provide a uniform designation for trading partners along the entire supply chain.

This book examines the essential standards for organic cotton and discusses the challenges of implementation.

ISBN 978-3-639-29823-0, 2013

Organic Cotton



by Dorothy Myers und Sue Stolton


This reference book, first published in its day, provides an excellent overview of the subject of organic cotton. In addition to case studies and the presentation of various worldwide organic cotton projects, the subject of cotton is examined from its economic, social and ecological aspects.

ISBN-13: 978-1853394645, London 1999

Presentations & Publications

by katharina schaus

  • 2011: "Eco-Textile-Label - Making organic fiber content transparent" Katharina Schaus, Chapter (pp. 29-32) in The Fiber Year 2011
  • 2005: "Transparency in the label chaos - Gaining recognition in the global market", Katharina Schaus, INTERCOT, International Conference on Organic Textiles, 1 - 3 May 2005, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • 2004: "Using the example of cotton: Land use competition through export-oriented agriculture", Katharina Paulitsch, Wuppertal Paper No. 148, June 2004, ISSN 0949-5266
  • 2004: Workshop "Set up of a European Organic Cotton Working Group". Proceedings of the 04 Cotton: A European Conference on Developing the Organic Cotton Market, 10 - 13 February 2004, Hamburg
  • 2004: "Bare facts. Why the T-shirt is ecologically worse than its reputation". Katharina Paulitsch/Holger Rohn in: Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek (Ed.) " The ecological rucksack - economy for an economy with a future ". Stuttgart: Hirzel
  • 2003: "Textile label study with catalogue of criteria". Katharina Paulitsch (it fits) and natural textile consultancy Claus Müller, Constance
  • 2002: "Resource Efficiency - A future task for efficient entrepreneurs". Proceedings of the 3rd INTERCOT - International Conference on Organic Textiles, August 7 - 9, 2002, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2002: "Concepts for eco-intelligent products". Proceedings of the 5th Klippeneck Seminar: Textile Technology and Ecology, 9 - 10 July 2002
  • 2002: "Eco-intelligent Textiles - Resource Efficiency in Textile Production". Proceedings of the International Cotton Conference Bremen, 13 - 16 March 2002
  • 2001: "Hess Natur is acting for the World of Tomorrow: Resource Management in the Textile Chain". Chapter in Sustainable Solutions Developing Products and Services for the Future, Greenleaf Publishing, UK-Sheffield
  • 2000: "Sustainable management - resource management in the textile chain", renewal impulses of biodynamic agriculture on the threshold to the 3rd millennium. Documentary volume on the Agricultural Conference 2000 at the Goetheanum, edited by the Natural Science Section, Dept. of Agriculture, Dornach, Chapter Exhibitors
  • 1999: "Acting for the World of Tomorrow - Factor 4 Plus Resource Management in the Textile Chain". The Nordic Textile Journal 2/99, special edition "Sustainable Development in Textiles, ed. CTF The Textile Research Centre, University College of Boras, The Swedish School of Textiles (, S-Boras
  • 1999: "Factor 4 Plus - Resource management in the textile chain", companies develop sustainability. Proceedings of the 7th Future Expert Conference in Gießen 9/99
  • 1999 Interview for Independent on Sunday, Jane Hughes "Brides say 'I do' in organic frocks", Design Sense Award (see also brochure design sense of the Design Museum London)
  • Technical/contentual cooperation: CD-Rom "Jacket like trousers product line analysis". Ed. Foundation Consumer Institute, Chamber for Workers and Employees, Wuppertal Institute, Berlin 1999
  • Substantial cooperation: "Heinz Hess: Eco-efficiency as a corporate mission statement" Chapter in Eco-efficient services. Ed. Paul Klemmer/Friedrich Hinterberger, Wuppertal Texte, Birkäuser Verlag Significant cooperation: "Roland Sturm: Steps out of the Eco-Niche or Successful with Sustainability". Conference Sustainable Consumption and Production, 4th International Business Forum, Berlin 10/1999, Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft
  • Substantial cooperation: "Ute auf der Brücken: Successful in the niche or ecology - health - economy as the foundation of the company". Chapter in Eco-efficiency - Management of the Future, Faktor 4+ Congress in Klagenfurt 1998, ed. J-D. Seiler, Birkhäuser Publishing House 1999, Berlin