We like to work with people. And we have known the organic textile scene for over 20 years. From the side of the standard editors, as inspectors, as experts for label comparisons, as scientific collaborators in research projects. We are happy to pass this knowledge on to you in order to shape and implement your processes and procedures, your certification, your strategies efficiently and successfully.
Global Standard gGmbH has commissioned it fits to organize and conduct a GOTS roundtable. The theme of the workshop is "Advertise and communicate with GOTS" and the aim is to inform and discuss about consumer communication and communication with GOTS. it fits moderates the workshop and contributes the following input: Requirements for a correct GOTS labelling according to the Labelling Guide with labelling examples and exercises. Instruments to support GOTS communication and strategies/methods for better consumer education will be developed and discussed.
We have developed a chemicals management for the Magazine zum Globus AG in Switzerland and accompany its implementation. Initially, a Restricted Substances List (RSL) and a Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) were created, embedded in a framework catalog with requirements for suppliers of private label products. it fits also developed the necessary QA system to ensure that these requirements are met.
Magazine zum Globus takes the calls of activists such as Greenpeace with the detox campaign seriously and has assumed its responsibility through this project. Globus' action plan consists of ensuring transparency of the supply chain as a first step and gradually implementing its own Globus textile MRSL/RSL.
it fits has now conducted the first supplier meetings and audits and will continue to support this project in the future.
For the second time it fits was commissioned to conduct a consultation on selected labels and standards. At the last training 12 employees of BonPrix participated in the training about GOTS, OCS,
RCS and GRS and got the following insights:
General overview and background to the standards GOTS, GRS, RCS, OCS; criteria/requirements of GOTS/OCS // GRS/RCS; QA system behind these standards - certification, inspection; control ranges of the selected standards; evidence/certificates and costs certification/certificates; correct labelling of the certified products; Recommendations for action for implementation
Evaluation of the Systain organic cotton protection for PURE WEAR. The result report with strengths, weaknesses and recommendations for action serves as a basis for decision-making and data for the further development of the system.
it fits has been a permanent information service provider since 2011 and supports the entire group of companies (including Otto, Witt Weiden and BonPrix) in protecting organic cotton products and textile recycling products by checking the correctness of supplier certificates.
In-house training on GOTS for employees of Bands Fashion in the purchasing, QA and warehouse departments. Introduction to the topic label, general overview, history, goals, background information on GOTS, insight into the criteria/requirements (with exercises regarding material composition), QA system behind the GOTS:
inspection/certification, evidence/certificates with exercises, labelling of the certified GOTS products with exercises, tips, recommendations for using GOTS for purchasing, insight into the GOTS database, questions, answers, summary of the core information.
Preparation of an expert opinion on the topic "The way to sustainable clothing - standards, labels and political conditions". Existing labels and brands that promise sustainability were evaluated with the aim of finding out under which aspects a state-guaranteed sustainability label could be meaningful or necessary. In addition to considering problem factors in the textile industry along the value chain, this report also looks at the market situation for sustainable clothing. At the end of the report, we summarize the recommendations for action and relevant topics for representatives of politics that have emerged from the findings and point out the political adjustment screws that can be used to improve the manifold problems presented by the state.
"Value Chain Analysis - CBI Integrated Country Programme Peru" is a project with which CBI - Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (a department of the Dutch Foreign
Ministry) has commissioned Organic Services GmbH in Munich. Recommendations were developed for six different market sectors for a new CBI trade promotion programme, including the apparel
In this area it fits was also involved in the project. Existing market reports were brought together, an overview of relevant sustainability trends was compiled, an online survey was conducted and various market participants in Europe were interviewed personally.
An expert assessment of 20 relevant standard and label programmes for the German market was commissioned as the basis for GLS Bank, with a recommendation of adequate labels. The detailed overview
contains information on standard holders, regulatory area, general background information, objectives, hedging (independent certification/QA) and number of label users.
Parameters were defined for the evaluation of the selected standards and the results of the strengths and weaknesses were presented in the form of a matrix.
The Migros Genossenschafts-Bund needed an accurate overview of existing labels that make request on the entire textile supply chain. This label information is part of various basic information that provides the basis for further developing the Migros label programme and the underlying standard in the textile sector.
Advice and support in the preparation of a GOTS certification. Webninar on the GOTS standard and the certification process. Introduction to the relevant requirements. Assistance with the implementation.
Preparation of a guideline study in which GOTS, Blue Angel, EU flower and Oeko-Tex 100/1000 are contrasted. The result is a comparison of the individual criteria in the form of an extensive catalogue of guidelines. Recommendations for action for the further development of the FLO standard for textile production were derived from this and an initial draft directive was submitted.
Responsible for New Business Development (accompanying clients from initial enquiry to inspection) and carrying out various business inspections according to GOTS, Organic Content Standard (OCS), IVN-Best (national and international).
The textile department of the IMO was set up in 1995 by Katharina Schaus and has been accompanied as a textile expert till 2018
Working paper on "Competition for land use by export-oriented agriculture using cotton as an example". This research was integrated into the research project "Globalization" of the Wuppertal
Presentation with the title "Environmental issues in the textile industry and sector wide initiatives" within the project "E3-Textiltoolbox".
On behalf of the BMVEL (today BMEL), an expert opinion on ecological quality labels and a complete catalogue of criteria for selected ecological standards was prepared. This comprehensive comparison and evaluation of national and international ecological textile labels served as the basis for the decision to develop a new state organic textile label.
Dialogue on sustainability between schools and companies.
A project of the Wuppertal Institute and the Institut für Unternehmen & Schule GmbH (UnS) in cooperation with Trifolium consulting company. This project was sponsored and initiated by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU). Within the framework of the project, learning partnerships were established between companies and schools with the aim of promoting dialogue on the subject of sustainable management. it fits was responsible as project manager for the coordination of sustainability transfer in the district of Baden-Württemberg. Within the project, teaching materials on sustainable management were developed and presented in schools, i.e. teachers were trained.
Bransparent.com is a platform for sustainable fashion consumption. Various labels/brands, online shops and almost 100 offline shops are bundled there.
The range comprises 1,500 products from 30 manufacturers and is constantly being expanded. A product or manufacturer is only included in the range after careful examination of certificates, ecological and socially responsible production. For this purpose it fits has developed the evaluation parameters (core questions) and an evaluation tool for Bransparent.
In cooperation with Future for Cotton, Alexandra Perschau, an evaluation tool for organic textile label has been developed, which presents the result in the form of a traffic light. Greenpeace presents this label evaluation as an information paper entitled "How do I recognise organic clothing? An evaluation of textile labels with environmental relevance".
it fits regularly provides input on label and standard topics, which flow into Greenpeace's projects.
Development of a new quality standard for Panda Versand GmbH in Freiburg. The aim was to realistically and feasibly map the ecological requirements of Panda Versand. At the same time, the mail-order company ought to meet the requirements of the WWF and offer its customers the best possible transparency and credibility.
The OTA - Organic Trade Association (USA) commissioned it fits with the planning, organization and implementation of 4th INTERCOT, which took place in Chicago, USA in May 2005.
On behalf of the IMO - Institut für Marktökologie (Switzerland) the planning, organisation and realiuation of the 3rd INTERCOT took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, 2002. 130 participants from more than 20 countries and 30 speakers took part.
Furthermore, the 2nd INTERCOT in 1996 in Bingen/Germany was organized on behalf of IMO. 144 participants from 27 countries and 45 speakers took part.
Highligts of the INTERCOT events have been a fashion show, student design competition, enviromental award.
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