Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by OEKO-TEX®.
Shopping for clothing can be difficult. Between finding styles and sizes that work for you and dealing with harsh fitting room lighting (seriously, who invented that?), clothes shopping can often be an experience that is anything but relaxing. And knowing which pieces of clothing are produced in safe, clean, and socially responsible manner? It can be even more difficult. That’s exactly why the by OEKO-TEX® label exists. The label takes the guesswork out of shopping, providing a clear sign that a particular piece of clothing has been tested for harmful chemicals, is made in environmentally friendly and socially responsible facilities, and has a traceable, transparent supply chain.
As soon as you see the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label on a piece of clothing, you can know that you are purchasing an item that is produced responsibly. From how the manufacturer handles wastewater to what chemicals it uses in its production process, OEKO-TEX® evaluates a variety of factors to determine which items get the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label. Most importantly, the label makes researching and verifying an item’s supply chain as easy as pulling out your phone.
By scanning the label’s QR code, you can quickly see production details about any item, including exactly where it was produced. If, like me, you’re new to shopping with sustainability top of mind, then it’s important to know that being able to trace the supply chain of a product step by step is the only way to ensure how and where a piece of clothing is actually made. Each step of the supply chain impacts both the environment and the people producing the clothing, so OEKO-TEX® ’s work to verify and confirm that information (and make it available to the consumer) is a game-changer.
Personally, I’ve had more than a few shopping experiences where I’ve purchased an item only to discover later that it is produced in facilities that are anything but socially or environmentally responsible. This, of course, is never a good feeling. Still, it can be difficult to know just how responsibly (or irresponsibly) an item is made when you’re on-the-go. OEKO-TEX® offers a quickly identifiable, easy-to-check way to solve this problem. There’s no having to Google and research in the middle of your shopping trip. Just one scan of a QR code (or entering the code into the OEKO-TEX® Label Check online) tells you the exact global path of any given item of clothing, plus the reassurance that the item’s manufacturers are following a certain set of standards.
It can be easy to assume that shopping more sustainably is an all-or-nothing endeavor. But this isn’t necessarily realistic for everyone. Whether you’ve been making efforts to shop differently for years now or you’re just starting out, it’s important to know that