The Organic Content Certification, overseen by the Textile Exchange, validates the organic content in textiles. Initially developed for cotton, it has expanded to other textiles. The certification covers all supply chain sites, from the organic raw material source to the finished product, including processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, storage, handling, and shipping.
To acquire the certification, material must come from certified organic farms. A third-party certification body audits each stage in the supply chain, and facilities undergo physical inspections. The process has been independently verified to ensure transparency and robustness.
The standards are reviewed every five years to ensure they remain relevant and effective. However, the specific duration of the certification and renewal process is not provided.
Obtaining the OCS Certification can enhance a company's reputation for sustainability and ethical practices. It assures businesses and consumers about the organic content in textiles. The certification also focuses on chemical safety, although it doesn't cover the entire lifecycle of the product, such as the use of chemicals in dyes or finishes.