Sustainability and so many labels.
More than 100 sustainability labels and certifications are on the market. Why add another one?
At OceanSafe, we believe that the textile industry needs a radical change. Many conventionally made textiles contain toxic chemicals, dyes and additives. Supply chains are often opaque, extremely complex and spread across many countries, even continents. And frankly, many sustainability labels are not strict enough to provide sufficient impact.
We believe the time for change is now.
What is OceanSafe Certified?
OceanSafe Certified is a holistic product development solution for circular textile products. As such,OceanSafe Certified is also a quality standard that warrants manufacturing processes following the strict Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold demands.This means that each component used to produce the finished product is safe to (re-) enter the biologicalcycle; from fabric to buttons to textile chemistry.
Consequently, the OceanSafe Certified quality standard may never be achieved without satisfying Cradle to Cradle Certfified requirements.
These requirements are:
- Fully circular. Never any waste.
- Biodegradable and safe for the biological cycle
- Toxin-free from raw material to finished product
- Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold status or higher, suitable for the biological cycle. Learn more at www.c2ccertified.org
- No compromise on quality, durability and comfort
- Established take-back system: OceanSafe requires brands and retailers to establish a take-back system when products reach the end of use.
For whom is it and why use it?
Our clients are textile brands and retailers. We help them develop and manufacture fully circular finished products, regardless of that being garments, home- or technical textiles.
How? OceanSafe Certified is built on two main pillars that brands benefit form.
First, our Component Kit equips brands with all components necessary to design a fully circular final product, regardless of that being garments, home- or technical textiles.
Second, we prvoide brands with fully established and Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold value chains, ranging from from spinners to weavers to dyehouses, knitters, cut- and sew facilities to fabric mills.
While adhering to the strict Cradle to Cradle and OceanSafe Certified demands, the production process of textile items within our established supply chains does not require manufacturers to invest in new machinery. The main requirement is for them to engage in processes that do not use any toxicants at any point of production.
OceanSafe regularly audits all production facilities and checks against OceanSafe Certified standards compliance.
If you choose OceanSafe Certified, your product will be labelled as both Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold and OceanSafe Certified.
Brands and retailers may place this quality seal on their final products. The seal communicates to the consumer that the finished product is fully circular.
Additionally, products may be marked with the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold logo.
To put it in a nutshell, our solution allows brands to develop fully circular products at record-speed, without having to re-conceptualize their own supply chains.
Take-Back System - Closing material loops
OceanSafe Certified requires licensees to establish a Take Back System for all OceanSafe Certified products.
We at OceanSafe believe that truly circular systems are characterized by meticulous concepts for textile disposal. A Take Back System can do such concept justice and ensures that no textile item goes to waste. Once returned, OceanSafe has everything in place to close material loops.
We know the precise chemical content of all components and chemicals. We continuously analyze all chemical contents at the level of 100 ppm. This knowledge is a huge advantage, specifically for industrial composting facilities: In most other cases, the chemical content of waste is unclear, and may be contaminated.
We are following up on innovative textile-to-textile recycling and composting solutions, where returned products can provide additional value and where material loops are closed.
All finished products will move along OceanSafe’s biological cycle.