USDA ORGANIC

logo_USDA organicThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets legal standards for the term “organic” through the National Organic Program (NOP). Our Dunlop latex supplier’s rubber tree farms are certified organic to U.S. standards.

Global Organic Latex Standard

logo_golsThe Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) is a materials and processing standard for organic latex and finished latex foam. In addition to the use of organic raw material, this standard also concentrates on aspects such as human health, safety and welfare, and environment in the manufacturing process of organic latex products. To label a product as GOLS certified, the product shall contain minimum 95% certified organic raw material of the total weight. As a GOLS certified organic mattress manufacturer, Naturepedic provides this assurance to its customers by meeting the strict GOLS criteria, maintaining chain of custody records for all organic material purchases, and undergoing regular inspections and audit reviews.

Global Organic Textile Standard

logo_gotsThe Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.

eco INSTITUT

logo_eco_instituteco INSTITUT provide manufacturers, commercial enterprises, importers and exporters from all over the world the highest testing quality benefiting our customers. Aside from chemical, analytical and physical lab tests in compliance with national and international guidelines and standards, testing and development of quality requirements are also part of our service program as much as furthermore the certification with, for example, the eco-INSTITUT-Label of low-emission and low-pollutant products.

Forest Stewardship Council

logo_FSC FSC Forest Management certification confirms that a specific area of forest is being managed in line with the FSC Principles and Criteria. To achieve FSC Forest Management certification, the forest manager or owner contracts with an FSC-accredited Certification Body or joins a Forest Management Group. In either case, the forest is audited to FSC’s Forest Management standards.In the United States, the FSC US Forest Management Standard (v1.0) was formally recommended by the FSC-US Board on May 25, 2010 and approved by FSC International on July 8, 2010. This National Standard pertains to forest management in the United States, with the exclusion of Alaska, Hawaii and the US territories.

QUL

logo_QUL In order to balance the lack of protection for the term natural latex, the QUL was founded at the end of 1994 (more information under association). It developed the QUL quality seal. Since 1997, the QUL has awarded the quality seal or the certificate to natural latex products after careful and extensive laboratory analysis.

CONTROL UNION

logo_controlunion Control Union Certifications offers you a global one-stop-shop for a wide range of certification programs. Our certificates are accepted by authorities in nearly every country.
Control Union Certifications commits itself to conduct its activities impartially and in a professional manner. CU understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, managing of conflicts of interest and ensuring the objectivity of its management system certification activities.

Naturtextil IVN certification

logo_Naturtextil Since 2000 the quality seal Naturtextil IVN certified BEST is rewarded by the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN) being founded in 1999. The IVN emerged from the workgroup Naturtextil (AKN) of 1989 and counts more than 100 members these days.

Criteria in order to obtain the Naturtextil IVN certification are – apart from ecological production processes and premium, low-pollutant, environmentally-friendly quality – humane production conditions of the textiles. A further prerequisite is the use of 100% certified fibres. So the naturtextil label is even stricter in its requirements which were co-developed and refined by the UL ECO-INSTITUT than the GOTS label being rewarded by the International Working Group on Global Organic Standards (IWG) the IVN is a founding member of.