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 Certification
Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ) Textiles, Skins and Leather Standard
European Union (EU) Flower Textile Standard
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) Textile Standard
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

MBDC Cradle to Cradle Certification

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

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

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

European Union (EU) Textile Standard

The EU Ecolabel standard 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 standard 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