Our Certifications

People Tree is an active member of many Fair Trade, social justice and environmental networks. We are WFTO Guaranteed Status and are GOTS certified. We are a licensee for the Fairtrade foundation.

What does it mean to be certified?

People Tree is proud to work with certified producers and their supply chains from the raw material to the finished fabric and garment. Our different certifications means that our textile products have been produced in factories adhering to strict environmental and social standards. Certification organizations are responsible for ensuring that these standards are followed and respected. If a brand or producer has these certifications, it ensures that they are environmentally friendly and social responsible.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria. It is backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.

The aim of the GOTS standard is to ensure organic status for 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.

At all stages through the processing organic fibre products must be separated from conventional fibre products and must to be clearly identified. All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meeting basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/ eliminability. Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching) and Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited.

Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and waste water treatment, including the disposal of sludge. The waste water from all wet processing units must be treated in a functional waste water treatment plant.

Soil Association

Soil Association is the largest UK certification body for GOTS. The only way to be sure that textile products have been both produced organically and made in factories adhering to strict environmental and social standards is to look for the Soil Association and/or the GOTS logo. These demonstrate that the fibre was produced organically, processed to strict environmental standards under good working conditions in the factories, and has been certified by an independent, third party along the whole supply chain.

Fairtrade International

Fairtrade International (FLO) is a non-profit organization focusing on the empowerment of farmers and workers in developing countries through trade. As Fairtrade has grown, FLO have developed new ways to connect farmers to business to increase their Fairtrade sales, bring more Fairtrade benefits to them and give people more ways to support Fairtrade farmers.

FLO independently check that their standards have been met by the farmers, workers and companies that are part of products’ supply chains. And in order to reassure consumers that this has happened, they use the FAIRTRADE license.

FLO provides leadership, tools and services needed to connect producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and work towards sustainable livelihoods. All the farmers and workers receive a fair trade price for their cotton and a premium: The Fairtrade Premium is an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use – as they see fit – to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International is the legally registered name for ‘Fairtrade International’.

The most widely used fair trade certification is FLO International's, the International Fairtrade Certification Mark, used in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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WFTO

We are a Guaranteed Status member of The World Fair Trade Organization, a global community of like-minded Fair Trade Enterprises. The WFTO certification verifies our commitment to Fair Trade through peer reviews and trusted independent audits. The work and achievements of its members make WFTO a global authority on Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values and principles.

WFTO is the home of fair traders: producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers that demonstrate 100% commitment to Fair Trade and apply the 10 WFTO Principles of Fair Trade to their supply chain. WFTO provides space for people to connect and work together, exchange best practices, forge synergies and speak out for Fair Trade – all working towards a sustainable and fair global economy.

The WFTO operates in over 70 countries across 5 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America and the Pacific Rim) with elected global and regional boards.

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PETA

Our organic cotton, organic linen and TENCEL ™ products are certified by PETA. PETA was founded in 1980 and is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals. PETA is an international nonprofit charitable organization based in the US with affiliates worldwide. Garments with the PETA stamp have been designed from sustainable and eco-friendly fibres. This stamp guarantees an animal free supply chain and is suitable for vegans.