Textiles & Leather (TLv3.0i-2014)

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  • Issue Date:
    July 6, 2017

Update: This standard has now been superseded, please see new equivalent standard.

Textile products can have negative impacts on the environment and human health that can occur across the product’s life cycle. These impacts may include the use of biocides in agricultural practices; substances which can harm waterways used in manufacturing; hazardous materials which cause skin irritation during wear; or poor working conditions for textile manufacturers.

When a product is certified against GECA’s Textiles & Leather standard, consumers can be sure that the product has been assessed to meet environmental, human health and social impact criteria. The standard considers impacts over the life cycle of textile products, including material sourcing, manufacture, packaging and use.

This standard is applicable to the following range of products:

Clothing, clothing textiles and accessories consisting of at least 90% by weight of textile fibres;

Interior textiles consisting of at least 90% by weight of textile fibres;

Fibre, yarn and fabric (including durable non-woven fabric) intended for use in textile clothing, accessories or interior textiles;

Cleaning products: woven or non-woven fabric products intended for the wet or dry cleaning of surfaces and drying kitchenware; and

Hide and leather products consisting of at least 90% by weight of leather/hide.

Textiles and Leather Info Sheet

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