25 Sep Decorate your business sustainably: textile certification to care for the planet
Resuinsa introduces the top textile hallmarks for certifying and spotlighting firms that are fully committed to the environment.
In an ever-more environmentally aware society, the hotel sector is adapting and pivoting towards a sustainable transition that today’s customers demand. Sustainability certification has become an essential tool to ensure this transition across all sectors, including the textile industry. It is a genuine way for customers and guests to identify textile products that comply with high sustainability standards.
As one of the top companies in the hotel linen sector, Resuinsa is fully aware of how important this certification truly is. With a view to constantly improving sustainability, the firm has been awarded different seals accrediting its true commitment to the environment, ensuring transparency and trust for customers.
Félix Martí, Resuinsa CEO, explains that the certificates ‘are awarded by internationally renowned organisations and bodies. We have to follow strict criteria to deal with the main challenges we face in terms of sustainability. Moreover, they offer standout value added for hoteliers in light of guests’ changing attitudes’.
There are several sustainability certificates and each one is based on a certain set of criteria. The top seals awarded to Resuinsa are detailed below.
STeP – Sustainable Textile Production
This is the most important seal in the global textile industry and has to be renewed every three years. It is issued by the International Association OEKO-TEX and certifies the entire production process is 100% sustainable from start to finish.
STeP includes an exhaustive reliable analysis of the scope of sustainability across six management areas: chemical products; environmental protection; environmental management; health and safety; social responsibility, and quality. This marks it out from other systems which mostly focus on individual aspects of sustainability.
As one of the most internationally recognised organisations, Fairtrade guarantees products adhere to fair trade standards for personal and planetary sustainability.
It certifies the entire supply chain, from the raw material to final consumer products. Moreover, 70% of Fairtrade cotton production, such as that used by Resuinsa, is also certified organic.
The Global Textile Organic Standard certificate (GOTS) is an international hallmark that guarantees sustainability in the textile sector. It is one of the top standards in the world to independently certify cotton comes from organic/ecological agriculture.
In turn, the environmental requirements for GOTS certification include eliminating products that are harmful or hazardous to health. It also comprehensively reviews environmental policy and procedures regarding textile manufacturing. GOTS includes social criteria that assess whether companies comply with International Labour Organization standards (ILO), criteria which Resuinsa has fully implemented.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Resuinsa has renewed its Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification every year since 1998. It is an independent and standardised global test and verification system for textile products that come into direct contact with the skin.
From a consumer standpoint, the hallmark strongly and effectively ensures product safety thanks to decades of experience and international recognition. In this sense, it offers assurances that products do not use banned substances and are covered by legal regulations. It also ensures no known chemical products that are harmful to health are used and sets compulsory limits for health prevention.
Resuinsa was recently certified as a sustainable supplier by the United Nations Global Compact after successfully completing the Sustainable Supplier Training Programme.
The training provided knowledge and resources on the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and the Global Compact’s Ten Principles. It also included all national, European and international regulations on sustainability.