Companies that sign up to the initiative are scrutinised on 46 criteria

Companies that sign up to the initiative are scrutinised on 46 criteria

The German government has authorised testing services provider Hohenstein to verify compliance for its Green Button certification for sustainable textiles.

The 'Grüner Knopf' (Green Button) textile seal was launched in September 2019 and indicates products that comply with 26 social and environmental requirements – from limits for chemical residues and a total ban on dangerous chemicals to minimum wages and no child or forced labour.

In addition, each company that signs up to the initiative is scrutinised on 20 other criteria, including: Does it disclose its suppliers? Do seamstresses have recourse to complaints mechanisms where they work and live? Does the company eradicate any shortcomings that are found?

The Green Button originates in Germany but aims to be a global seal in line with the globalised textile value chain, meaning that all companies that manufacture and/or distribute textile goods can apply for the Green Button.

Now, in addition to certification for Made in Green by Oeko-Tex – one of the labels that demonstrates Green Button compliance – Hohenstein also certifies for the 46 Green Button criteria. Green Button applicants can choose Hohenstein as a single partner for the entire process, with or without Made in Green by Oeko-Tex as a pre-requisite.

During the introductory phase, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will bear the initial assessment costs. After 1 March 2021, companies will select from the list of approved certification bodies, including Hohenstein, and contact them directly.

Among the first companies to sign up to the scheme are Aldi Nord, Aldi Süd, Brands Fashion, Kaufland, Lidl, Melawear, and Rewe Group.