There is now quite a lot different certifications for the products and goods, today we can buy. You made a list of some of the most common certifications in Fashion- and lifestyle segment that is particularly relevant to know if you are interested in sustainable design.




The EU Ecolabel is reminiscent of the Nordic Swan, but is not quite as widespread in Denmark. The flower is available on a variety of non-food products, such as products for washing and cleaning, electronics or clothing. When a product is labeled with the Flower (or Swan), it is a guarantee that the product is among the least environmentally harmful in its category, taking into account your health and the quality is good.




CITES is an international convention that guarantees control of the trade in wild animals and plants across borders. This is done through monitoring and regulation of international trade. The goal is to allow only sustainable trade, which means that you do not remove more of the populations of wild animals and plants than they can bear. In practice this means that it requires special permits, or in some cases completely prohibited to trade with certain animals and plants – living and dead, and products made from their skins, feathers, teeth, etc.. CITES includes about 5000 species and about 28,000 plant species.





Ecocert is a French labeling system, which since 1991 has spread internationally. It can be seen in products from around the world and is used primarily in food but also in cosmetics and clothing. The criterion for Ecocert is overall that 95% of the ingredients are of natural origin. But in addition, different criteria, depending on the type of label.






EDFA Down Codex (European Down & Feather Association)

The certification ensures that the animals are treated properly and that they have not been picked feathers, while they were alive. In addition, manufacturers also able to document where all down and feathers originated. This is the only down-standard, which also includes control of the down quality. Moreover EDFA Down Codex monitored by a third party in the form of IDFL (International Down & Feather Laboratories)





Fairtrade is an international labeling scheme. The aim is that through trade step by step improving the working and living conditions for farmers and workers in Africa, Asia and South and Central America. Environmentally friendly and also in production. Fairtrade means paying a fairer price for their raw materials, thus giving profits to invest in a better life. Farmers are in the labeling scheme is organized into cooperatives, similar to what we know as cooperatives. This allows farmers gathered deliver larger parties and get a higher yield.







When you as a consumer or business chooses FSC certified wood, you are helping to ensure the natural and social conditions in the forests that wood comes from. This applies when buying or producing products of FSC-certified wood – from furniture to packaging. When a product carries the FSC label, it must be possible to trace where the wood used in production comes from. FSC does not specify requirements for materials other than wood, possibly included in the products. The brand makes no requirements to the use of chemicals in production once the FSC-certified wood has left forests and plantations.





Recycling label

Recycling label used to label paper and bottles, and says that at least 45 percent of the material is recycled, and the product is at least as good as similar materials of new raw materials.







Oeko-Tex label is the world’s leading health care system, which shows that there is control over the content of certain hazardous chemicals in textiles, such as, for example, clothes and duvet covers. Oeko-Tex is an abbreviation for human ecological textiles, which must not be content of dyes and chemicals that have adverse effect or suspected this, on human health. However, there is no requirement for there to be used organic textile fibers, such as organically grown cotton.




Swan label

Swan is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ eco-label for products that are not food – the so-called non-food products such as shampoo, cosmetics, electronics and paper. When a product is Swan label is a guarantee that the product is among the least environmentally harmful in its category, and that there is set requirements for substances that are problematic for health. Swan labeled products may well impact the environment, but they cause less damage than most other products of its kind. Nor is it the case that Swan-labeled products do not contain substances that are problematic for health, but there is a requirement for the substances that go further than those provided for by law. The label requires not only the product content, but also include the use of environmentally hazardous and harmful substances in the production and packaging.





Ø-label is the Danish organic label to food and the like. The red Ø label with the text ‘State-controlled organic’ says that it is the Danish authorities have inspected the farm or the company that was last processed, packaged or labeled an organic product. The Danish rules is a translation and interpretation of EU rules. However, the Danish rules on some aspects stricter than the EU rules.





SA8000 is the most recognized international standard for social responsibility. This standard is based on the UN Child Convention, Convention on Human Rights and a number of resolutions of the ILO (International Labour Organisation). SA8000 8 criteria / requirements that companies must comply with, including; child labor, forced labor, health and safety, freedom of association, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours and remuneration. In addition to these criteria made also some formal requirements for the company’s management and internal management systems, requirements for subcontractors and for internal and external communications.




GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)

GOTS is an international brand of organic clothing. Label can be found on clothing and textiles where the fibers are organically grown. As standard requires GOTS that at least 95 percent of the fibers are organic. If it is evident just below the mark, fabrics with as few as 70 percent content of organic fibers also wear mark. It also contains requirements for the chemicals used during the production of clothing. The environmental and health related requirements are complete and accurate, but the requirements for “natural” substances are not as high as for synthetic drugs.