I care for the environment, I care about what gets on my baby's skin but what a jungle it is to understand the different expressions and certifications fabrics and companies can get. I know that not everything can be certified but I try to think about this when buying Pippa clothes and when finding brands for the shop.
I started researching this (there is A LOT out there) and it's really interesting and because I want to know more, I thought that maybe some of you have had the same questions that I have.
So I started with "what is the difference between organic and oeko-tex certifications"... Let me try :)
To get a organic certification you test the raw material used in production. These textiles and fabric products are grown according to strict guidelines on the use of petroleum based fertilisers, pesticides and synthetic products.
For a product, e.g. children's clothes, to be certified organic, fabrics like cotton, wool, bamboo and other natural fibres have to be grown and produced under strict standards that relate to the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
Unfortunately this does not mean that, fabric and textile that is certified organic has been tested for all the same harmful substances as the Oeko-Tex Standard certification.
In comparison Oeko-TEX certification has restrictions on how the fabric is processed, including things like dyes and finishes. Oeko-Tex textiles and fabrics are therefore free of (known) harmful chemicals. Every part of a piece of clothes, including zips, buttons, stitching and coatings need to be tested. This is important because your skin is permeable, meaning that if you are wearing clothes that have been processed with harmful chemicals, these can be absorbed into your body. This is also the reason you should always wash new clothes before wearing it :)
This for me emphasize that buying both organic and oek-tex certified clothes makes a difference but not saying that one is more right than the other or that everything needs to be certified, just that it is something to consider.
If you want to read a bit more go toOeko-Tex certified