Our selected sustainability certificates

When you think of 'sustainability' you usually think of the environment, but for us it is also about things like animal welfare and fair wages for workers. The officially recognised sustainability certificates we have selected are therefore related to ecological, social, as well as ethical sustainability.

 

If a product has earned one or more of these sustainability certificates, you will find this online in the product description. This will give you greater insight into the materials used, and you will immediately know, for example, whether responsibly produced wool or recycled polyester was used.

A sustainability certificate sometimes also reveals something about a company as a whole. For example, a B Corp certificate means that a manufacturer has high standards in terms of environmental performance and social impact - and is transparent about it.

 

Below, we explain all the certificates for you, so you can make an informed choice when you want to purchase something new. Because we know that it is not always easy to see the forest through the trees, we are happy to help you in your search.

Use of materials

Raw materials

A product will consist of at least 50% recycled (such as leather or wool), organic (such as cotton) or alternative materials (e.g. viscose, made from fast renewable resources). We apply strict criteria to ensure that natural resources do not become depleted and that production does not cause any pollution.

Recycled

Global Recycled Standard
The GRS is intended to meet the needs of companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products (both finished and intermediate) and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims and good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimised.

Wood-Based

Forest Stewardship Council 

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit, multistakeholder organization that promotes responsible management of the world's forests, via timber certification. It claims that forests managed to its standards offer benefits to both local and wider communities and these are said to include cleaner air and water, and a contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change.

Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification 

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third party certification. It is considered the certification system of choice for small forest owners.

Organic

Global Organic Textile Standard – Organic
GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria , backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. GOTS certified final products may include fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes, home textiles, mattresses, personal hygiene products, as well as food contact textiles and more.
Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a non-profit, multistakeholder governance group that promotes better standards in cotton farming and practices across 21 countries. BCI farmers receive training on how to use water efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, minimise the impact of harmful crop protection practices, preserve fibre quality and apply decent work principles.

bioRE Sustainable Cotton

The bioRe® Sustainable Cotton Standard is the most important of bioRe's sustainability performance and commitment towards small contract producers in India and Tanzania. Unlike any other social system which endeavours reconciliation between economic interests and social enhancement, the project’s unique features along with

its pioneering spirit promoted the benchmarking of bioRe' s social system into a recognized standard system.

 

Impacted areas:

Environment: Climate Policy & Energy Usage 

Social: Free Labour, No child labour, Minimum Wage, Freedom of Association & Bargaining, Freedom from Discrimination & Equal Compensation, No Abuse or Harassment, Working Hours, Health & Safety, Skills & Developments, Women Empowerment, Promotion of Disadvantaged Groups & Minorities.

Fairtrade Cotton

Fairtrade works with farmers who’ve formed small producer organizations, as well as contract production organizations in the process of forming independent cooperatives. Requirements in the Fairtrade Standards also protect farmers’ health and safety, and ban genetically modified cotton seeds. A large percentage of Fairtrade cotton is also organic certified, and Fairtrade encourages and empowers cotton farmers to protect the natural environment as an integral part of their farmmanagement.

 

Impacted areas:

Social: Free Labour, No child labour, Minimum Wage, Freedom of Association & Bargaining, Freedom from Discrimination & Equal Compensation, No Abuse or Harassment, Working Hours, Health & Safety

Oeko-Tex Organic Cotton

ORGANIC COTTON certification offers verification from farm to product. Products bearing this label have been manufactured without the use of GMOs and tested for pesticides and other harmful substances.

 

Impacted areas:

Environment: Chemical Management

Social: Free Labour, No child labour, Minimum Wage, Freedom of Association & Bargaining, Freedom from Discrimination & Equal Compensation, No Abuse or Harassment, Working Hours, Health & Safety 

Organic Content Standard

The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is a voluntary global standard that sets the criteria for third-party certification of organic materials and chain of custody. Only material from certified organic farms (under one of IFOAM’s Family of Standards) is accepted to the OCS.

 

Impacted areas:

Environment: Chemical Management

Wool

Responsible Alpaca Standard 
The Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) is an international, voluntary standard that addresses animal welfare in the alpaca supply chain and chain of custody of alpaca fiber material from certified farms to the final product.

Responsible Mohair Standard
The Responsible Mohair Standard is a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of goats and the land they graze on.

Responsible Wool Standard
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is an industry tool designed to recognize the best practices of farmers , ensuring that wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and from sheep that have been treated responsibly.
Nativa 
The NATIVA™ Regenerative Agriculture Program is a robust system with a triple impact based on scientific research and backed by data. It protects the land by bettering its soil quality, safeguards the animals by ensuring their healthy keeping, and supports farmers and local communities by improving their livelihoods. It aims to achieve greater water quality and increased CO2 capturing levels.
ZQ or ZQRX
Every ZQ certified grower adheres to requirements about fibre quality, animal welfare and health, social standards around human rights, health & safety and wellbeing, mitigates negative impact on the environment including preserving biodiversity and better water quality.

Down

Down Codex 
The Down Codex certificate is only awarded if the strictest ecological and animal-friendly requirements are met, which even exceed the applicable EU law. The origin of the down used in the products can be traced on the internet: Each product contains a sewn-in code that can be entered on the Down Codex website. This provides details on the origin and quality of the down as well as an IDFL animal welfare report.
Down Pass
Products carrying the Down Pass label are guaranteed high quality, with the assurance that the down and feathers used as filling material are ethically sourced from strictly controlled and traceable supply chains.
Global Traceable Down Standard
The Global Traceable Down Standard (Global TDS) helps companies demonstrate that down in garments and other household and commercial products come from a responsible source that respects animal welfare and can be transparently traced.
Responsible Down Standard 
The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any unnecessary harm. The standard is used to reward and influence the down and feather industry to incentivize practices that respect the humane treatment of ducks and geese. The standard also provides companies and consumers with a tool to know what is in their products, and to make accurate claims.

Leather

Leather Working Group 
The LWG aims to become a global sustainability standard for leather manufacturing, covering all elements and actors in the leather value chain. The organization focuses on ensuring high environmental standards in leather production and transparency within the leather supply chain.
TerraCare Leather 
terracare® leather is produced as environmentally respectful as possible: thanks to minimal consumption of resources , transparent origin of raw materials and an optimal recycling rate. It has a 100 % transparent raw material origin, 100 % clean auxiliary materials, at least 97 % recycling/recovery rate, at least 40 % less water consumption and at least 30 % less CO2 spend.
Oeko-Tex Leather Standard
OEKO-TEX® LEATHER STANDARD is an internationally standardised testing and certification system for leather and leather goods at all production levels , including accessory materials. The certification supports companies along the supply chain with the implementation of high human-ecological product safety. The certification serves as legally binding verification of successful product certification in all business processes in accordance with LEATHER STANDARD.

 

Impacted areas:

Environment: Chemical Management

Diverse

Bio-based Content Certification (EU)
Bio-based products are products which are wholly or partly derived from biomass. The European bio-based content certification scheme is used to specify and validate the amount of biomass in  a bio-based product, based on the European standard EN 16785-1:2015.  This European standard provides a method of determining the bio-based content of solid, liquid and gaseous products using the radiocarbon analysis and elemental analyses.

 

Impacted areas:

Environment: Circularity - Design (Design for easier full circle recycling)


Focus on circularity

The longer a product lasts, the lower its impact on the environment. We consider the following parameters: is it a second-hand product, does it come with a lifetime warranty and/or can the product be easily repaired? This ensures that waste is minimised, while also saving on new raw materials.


Action for the climate


Carbon Trust – Carbon Neutral Certification
This certificate guarantees that the organisation is committed to becoming zero carbon, as well as neutralising its residual impact through supporting environmental projects.
Carbon Trust – Carbon Reduction Certification
The world's first independent certification for organisations that measure, manage and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions throughout their supply chain. Understanding this, as well as engaging suppliers in minimising carbon dioxide throughout the value chain, is a crucial step towards achieving zero emissions. This certificate helps us assess supply chain emissions and supplier engagement levels.

Carbon Trust – Lower CO2 Label
This label guarantees that the product's ecological footprint is getting smaller year on year, and that the producer is committed to continuing to minimise it.

Climate Neutral Certified
Climate Neutral Certified is the standard for clear and direct climate action. The label's main objective is to get companies to focus on measuring their carbon footprint and taking actions to reduce it. The label therefore denotes companies that are actively working to decarbonise their entire value chain.
SBTi Accreditation – Paris Agreement
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Companies set themselves one or more targets to reduce their carbon footprint to a residual level equivalent to the limit set at global or sectoral level, with the aim of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C by 2030.
SBTi Accreditation – Net Zero 2040
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Companies set themselves one or more targets to reduce their net emissions to zero. This involves: a) reducing their levels of emissions to zero or a residual level equivalent to the limit set at global or sectoral level to limit global warming to 1.5 °C; b) neutralising any residual emissions before the net zero deadline, as well as all emissions released into the atmosphere by and after 2040.
SBTi Accreditation – Net Zero 2050
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Companies set themselves one or more targets to reduce their net emissions to zero. This involves: a) reducing their emissions to zero or to a residual level equivalent to the limit set at global or sectoral level to limit global warming to 1.5 °C; b) neutralising any residual emissions before the net zero deadline, as well as all emissions released into the atmosphere by and after 2050.

Protection of land, water, and biodiversity


PFC-free
PFC-free clothing does not contain fluorocarbons. Because although PFC chemicals have proven useful for waterproofing clothing, they are extremely harmful to both people and the environment! Not only are they carcinogenic, they are also extremely difficult to break down. And as an outdoor brand, we certainly want to take good care of the outdoors. This vision naturally goes hand in hand with exceptional quality. For example, PFC-free clothing and coatings are made water-repellent or waterproof in alternative ways. Bionic Eco Finish is an example of this.

ZDHC Chemical Management System

the ZDHC Foundation’s ZDHC CMS Framework is a chemical management system (CMS) focusing on  worker safety and the reduction of environmental impact in the community and the broader environment. The ZDHC CMS Framework provides the textile, apparel, and footwear industries with a united base to work from, that can be incorporated in a wider management system, such as an Environmental Management System (EMS).
ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List
The ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances list supports the sustainable use of chemicals by providing an overview of all substances banned from being used in the manufacturing process.
Detox to Zero
Climate neutrality is still considered a valuable milestone for ambitious companies, where the following conditions apply: Companies set ambitious reduction targets including their scope 3 emissions, those targets are reached via clearly defined reduction measures and unavoidable emissions are compensated with high-quality carbon credits. This is checked and certified by South Pole.

 

Impacted areas:

Environment: Climate Policy & Energy Usage


General accreditations

General Accreditations covering Environmental & Social Aspects

B-Corp Certification
B Corporation (also B Lab or B Corp) is a private certification awarded to for-profit companies for their social and environmental performance. To obtain and keep hold of this certification, companies must achieve a minimum score of 80 upon assessment of their social and environmental performance. They are also required to disclose their B Corp obligations to stakeholders in administrative documents.

BlueSign Production Site

At any given BlueSign partner's production site(s), all activities should adhere to the following principles:
  1. The activities carried out should not have any harmful effects on humans, animals, plants, soil, water or the atmosphere.
  2. The health of people and nature must always be safeguarded to promote sustainable development.

A BlueSign partner must also be aware of the prevailing Best Available Techniques (BAT) within their own industry and apply these for the continual improvement of their environmental performance. 

Cradle to Cradle Product Standards (All Standards) 
Cradle to Cradle Certified® is the global standard for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made. Cradle to Cradle Certified assesses the safety, circularity and responsibility of materials and products across five categories of sustainability performance: material health, product circularity, clean air and climate protection, water & soil stewardship and social fairness.
Fair Trade Textile Standards
The Fairtrade Textile Standard is part of the wider Fairtrade Textile Programme, promoting changes in supply chain and business practices. This comprehensive programme engages both manufacturers as well as workers to together develop improved wages and working conditions. The standard also encourages brands to implement fair terms of trade. More narrowly, the aim of the environmental standard is to reduce negative impacts on workers and the environment through more conscious handling of chemicals.
Green Button 
The Green Button is a government-run certification label for sustainable textiles. There is currently no other label like the Green Button. It demands that mandatory standards are met to protect people and the environment. A total of 46 stringent social and environmental criteria must be met, covering a wide spectrum from wastewater to forced labour.
Oeko-Tex Made in Green 
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a traceable product label for all kinds of textiles and leather products that have been manufactured in environmentally friendly facilities under safe and socially responsible working conditions. The MADE IN GREEN label also reassures consumers that the textile or leather product is made of materials that have been tested for harmful substances.
Blue-Angel Textiles
The Blue Angel criteria for textiles consider the entire manufacturing process and reflect all processes relevant to the environment and health. At its core the Blue Angel is an ecolabel, but consumers are also increasingly scrutinising working conditions in production, therefore, in addition to the classical environmental requirements social aspects for textile production are taken into account.

 

Impacted areas:

Environment: Chemical Management, Emission Reduction - Water, Emission Reduction - Air.

Social: Free Labour, No child labour, Minimum Wage, Freedom of Association & Bargaining, Freedom from Discrimination & Equal Compensation, No Abuse or Harassment, Working Hours, Health & Safety, Women Empowerment.

ISO26000
The ISO26000 Standard provides guidance to those who recognize that respect for society and environment is a critical success factor. As well as being the “right thing” to do , application of ISO 26000 is increasingly viewed as a way of assessing an organization’s commitment to sustainability and its overall performance.

 

Impacted areas:

Environmental: Climate Policy & Energy Usage, Land, Soil & Biodiversity Protection, Waste Management, Emission Reduction - Water, Emission Reduction - Air.

Social: Free Labour, No child labour, Minimum Wage, Freedom of Association & Bargaining, Freedom from Discrimination & Equal Compensation, No Abuse or Harassment, Working Hours, Health & Safety, Additional Social Security & Benefits.

Oeko-Tex STeP
OEKO-TEX® STeP stands for Sustainable Textile & Leather Production and is a modular certification system for production facilities in the textile and leather industry. The goal of STeP is to implement environmentally friendly production processes in the long term, to improve health and safety and to promote socially responsible working

conditions at production sites. The target groups for STeP certification are textile and leather manufacturers as well as brands and retailers.

 

Impacted areas:

Environmental: Climate Policy & Energy Usage, Chemical Management, Lower Water Consumption, Waste Management, Emission Reduction - Water, Emission Reduction - Air.

Social: Free Labour, No child labour, Minimum Wage, Freedom of Association & Bargaining, Freedom from Discrimination & Equal Compensation, No Abuse or Harassment, Working Hours, Health & Safety.

General Accreditations covering Environmental Aspects

BEPI
The Business Environmental Performance Initiative is a business-oriented service for retailers, importers and brands looking to improve the environmental performance of factories and farms around the world. BEPI provides a practical framework, capable of supporting all sectors, in all countries, to improve their environmental efforts in order to reduce their impact, business risks and overall costs.
BlueSign Product Standard
A BlueSign product has to meet strict criteria in terms of material composition and production processes. For example, it should be free of harmful chemicals. Its purpose is to safeguard both workers and the environment.
EU Ecolabel Textile Standard
The EU Ecolabel certifies products that have a guaranteed (independently verified) low environmental impact. To achieve this label, products and services have to meet high standards throughout their entire life cycle, from extraction of raw materials to production, distribution and eventual destruction. The label also encourages businesses to develop innovative products that are sustainable, easily repairable and recyclable.
1% for the Planet 
1% for the Planet represents a global network of businesses, individuals and environmental organizations tackling our planet's most pressing environmental issues. Certified companies donate 1% of sales or 10% of profits, whichever is greater, to the organisation for distribution towards environmental charities.
GreenShape by VAUDE
Green Shape is a standard dedicated to ecological outdoor products. Since no such comprehensive and strict system existed, VAUDE developed their own Green Shape label. Because every movement begins with a person's decision to do more than just talk and act consistently.

 

Impacted areas:

Environmental: Circularity - Design (Design for easier full circle recycling), Circularity - Repairability, Chemical Management.

ISO50001
Designed to support organizations in all sectors, this ISO standard provides a practical way to improve energy use, through the development of an energy management system (EnMS).

 

Impacted areas:

Environmental: Climate Policy & Energy Usage.

Social Aspects

Ethical Trading Initiative = Base Code
The ETI Base Code is founded on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and is an internationally recognised code of labour practice.

 

Impacted areas:

Social: Free Labour, No child labour, Minimum Wage, Freedom of Association & Bargaining, Freedom from Discrimination & Equal Compensation, No Abuse or Harassment, Working Hours, Health & Safety, Additional Social Security & Benefits.

Cosmetics

Ecocert Comos Organic
A beauty product is Cosmos Organic-certified only if at least 95% of plants used in its production are organic, with at least 20% of the total formula being made up of organic ingredients (10% for rinse-off products).

Food

EU Organic Logo
The EU Organic Logo is awarded to organic products produced within the European Union. The products must have been certified as organic by a recognised inspection agency or body. This signifies that they meet strict conditions in terms of production, processing, transport and storage. The logo can only be used on products containing at least 95% organic ingredients.

Frequently asked questions


Our Planet helps you make more conscious decisions when buying something new. The label provides more insight into a product’s composition and/or the external certifications it (the company) has been awarded. Our selection shows that information is available on the product's environmental impact.

 

Because we want to be 100% transparent, you should know that A.S.Adventure does not independently verify the certificates of a product or brand. Instead, we rely on the authorities responsible for auditing quality marks and labels. You can rest easy knowing that we only use premium certifications that enjoy widespread recognition in the industry.

Products with the Our Planet label can prove that they satisfy at least three ecological sustainability criteria via independent certifications. What’s more, if they also satisfy certain social and/or ethical criteria, this will also be listed in the online product description.

 

Does this mean that products without Our Planet labels are ‘worse’? Not at all. Sometimes a product label doesn’t state its composition, while, for example, it’s actually made of recycled materials. Or sometimes the brand just hasn’t gone through the accreditation process (yet) for a particular certificate. Since we can’t verify this for every product, it can’t be awarded an Our Planet label.

 

It is possible that an item does not make our selection, but it may still have a good or an even better ecological footprint than an Our Planet product. The difference is that, thanks to Our Planet, with no extra effort you immediately know that attention has been paid to a minimal environmental impact.

We derive the impact of a product from two things: the material composition, on the one hand, and the certifications it has earned, on the other.

 

To meet the sustainability criteria in terms of material selection, the product’s composition must be stated explicitly on the product label. This guarantees its validity. Does the product contain recycled, organic, and/or alternative materials? That automatically gives it an edge over less sustainable materials.

 

Certifications also reveal a lot about a product’s impact. For that reason, we only accept independent quality labels that are internationally recognised. These authorities always thoroughly vet the product and/or brand. Plus, A.S.Adventure carries out its own periodic spot checks to ensure that certificates haven’t expired.

You can easily filter on ‘Our Planet’ in the webshop, or just search for ‘Our Planet’ via the search bar. That instantly gives you an overview of the whole range. Are you looking for a specific item, like a jacket for example? In the product overview, a small Our Planet logo also always displays next to the products that have earned the label. If you click through to the product page, you’ll also discover which criteria the product satisfies.

 

Do you prefer the in-store shopping experience? Head over to one of the info kiosks to check specific product features. Or ask a shop assistant whether a product has been awarded the Our Planet label.

With Our Planet, we at A.S.Adventure want to make it easier to choose something that you know has an ecological focus. There’s no shortage of certificates these days, but we only use meaningful criteria and a product has to meet at least three of them. We did the research for you!

No. We don’t make any profit from it. For example, brands do not pay us to ‘earn’ the label. We developed the criteria entirely on our own, and we do not make exceptions for certain products or brands.

 

A small note: more sustainably produced products do often come with a higher price tag. Unfortunately, it costs more to make (or buy) something today if you are more considerate of the planet. However, Our Planet wasn’t developed with a commercial mindset. It stems from a genuine concern for nature and our environment.

Although we’re optimistic, we’ve got to tell it like it is and say no. That’s because every product has a certain (negative) impact on the environment. Even recycled or second-hand products have, at some point, depleted resources. Energy, water, soil and/or chemicals were used to create them.

 

However, we can guarantee that Our Planet products meet at least three ecological criteria, which proves that the brand is committed to a lower ecological footprint. And we want to highlight that commitment with Our Planet.

Our Planet’s purpose isn’t to compare products to see which items deserve the label ‘the most’. It simply tells you something about the material composition and/or the certificates the product or brand has been awarded. Our Planet is also limited to the A.S.Adventure assortment. Only products in our range can be awarded the label.

Our Planet is not an officially recognised label. The label was created by A.S.Adventure to highlight products that meet certain sustainability criteria. We don’t conduct any audits to verify the validity of certain product certifications, but we do carry out regular spot checks to see whether certifications are still valid.

Screening a production process entails a huge amount of work because every link has to be checked. For organic materials, the soil has to be checked for pesticides on site. Wastewater has to be checked for harmful substances at the factory itself. Plus, it has to be verified that animals have not suffered and that people have been paid fairly, and so on.

 

We rely on 58 external quality labels, all of which have the expertise for these checks. They assess whether a brand or product meets their standards, which then effectively results in a certificate (or not). At A.S.Adventure, we believe in sticking to what we know best, which means we don’t check the products ourselves.

One certificate isn’t the same as the next. We only selected internationally recognised labels, which have their own audit process for ensuring that their standards are met. On top of that, we’ve gone for certificates that cover a broad range of environmental, social, and ethical goals and visions. The common denominator? These labels really make a difference.

 

Here’s a practical example: it's not enough that a producer measures their CO2 emissions; they also need to draw up and implement plans for reducing those emissions.

When we launched Our Planet in 2021, our intention was always to evolve and change where necessary. And since industry standards, technology, and production methods change at a lightning pace, we’ve got to match those speeds. So, in 2023, we launched a new version, raising the bar even higher. That way, you’re guaranteed that Our Planet is a selection of genuinely more sustainable products that make their impact clear in a very transparent way.


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