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Published on Monday, 18 December 2017

Textile Standards and Legislation 2018 – now in press

Written by Tom Hinchcliffe

MCL News and Media has despatched to press its sixth printed edition of the 100 page Textile Standards and Legislation booklet which is designed to guide textile industry professionals through the minefield of standards and labels related to environmental and social compliance.

The new version of the booklet includes changes to over 60 textile environmental standards, legislation and frameworks and updates readers to the key criteria changes that have taken place since it was last published in August 2016.

With live updates to all the standards that we cover on our website at: www.textilestandards.com there have been several major revisions and additions since our last publication including changes to the Higg Index (page: 30), Cradle to Cradle, Recycled Claim Standard, GOTS, bluesign and tightening of third-party labels such as Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

For the first time, the Textile Standards & Legislation booklet features Downpass 2017, which presents the new ‘Zero Tolerance’ standard for the exclusion of live plucking, and for the monitoring of breeding conditions, which came into force this year. It is backed by 60 companies in 16 countries.

The publication also features updates and progress on the responsible Down Standard (RDS), which since 2016, has certified 2040 industrial farms and 1040 farms worldwide, which placed over 400 million birds under the protection of the RDS.

Other notable changes to the new booklet include the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS),and Global Recycled Standard 4.0 from Textile Exchange that were both revised and re-released with significant updates in June 2017. TSL highlights how the standard applies to products that contain 5 per cent or more recycled content and has removed several aspects of the standard relating to material collection and concentration, while new regulations stipulate that manufacturers and suppliers must hold valid Reclaimed Material Supplier Agreements.

In addition, the booklet gives details the Global Organic Textile standard (GOTS) which has been updated to version 5.0 and now features stricter criteria for regenerated fibres and the introduction of a new category for ‘combined products’ such as prams with textile fabrics, care seats or furniture with textile fabric upholstery.

Users signing up to Textile Standards & Legislation PLUS receive unlimited access to a dynamic, interactive web-site guide to environmental and social compliance through www.textilestandards.com PLUS the NEW 2018 printed version of the best-selling 100 page A5 guidebook – ideal for sharing around the office or reading away from your desk. The printed guide is now available to order and is being published in January 2018.

In addition to our unique on-line tool, the booklet informs readers on the latest voluntary and obligatory textile standards, legislation and routes to certification along with how to source textiles in a socially responsible manner.

If you are a buyer or a textile manufacturer wanting to know more about sourcing and producing eco-textiles this updated guide-book is a "must read" information resource.

To order your printed copy and access our online protal please visit this page: https://www.mclnews.com/guidebooks/tsl-plus


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