Fabrics from De Le Cuona – all certified by GOTS
In midst of the intense heatwaves which we are currently experiencing all over Europe, you may find yourself wondering how to make your home more ‘green’. There are a lot of new buzz-words, around the subject of sustainability, so much so, that it’s not always clear what these new words mean and how they are relevant to protecting the planet. When trying to do your part for the planet how can you identify if the green marketing of a company is authentic and true to its word? As you source products for a design/building project look for companies who don’t just say it but can prove it.
Some reputable certificates to look out for:
When buying wood:
Forest Stewardship Council FSC: The FSC is a non-profit organization tasked with promoting environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forests. When wood furniture is FSC-certified, the products come from “responsibly managed forests” and thus provide benefits for the environment.
When buying textiles (carpets, curtains, leather products etc):
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS):
The aim of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
When buying other products:
The EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle: from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal. EU Ecolabel Furniture products meet criteria that guarantee:
- Wood, cork, bamboo and rattan from sustainably managed forest
- Low formaldehyde emission product
- Restricted hazardous substances
Find the list of EU Eco-Label certified producers here: