Kategorie: Inputs

Production of natural fibres (E79)

Criteria question

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Does the standard include criteria on the production of natural fibres?

Guidance

"Organic fibres" means fibres that are certified as organic according to a recognised international or national organic farming standard by a certification body that is IFOAM accredited or internationally recognised (according to ISO 17065). Remark: If standards require other sustainability certification (e.g. BCI, FairTrade, FSC), "equivalence" has to be assessed. IPM (integrated pest management) principles as defined by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Extensive testing on agrochemical residues refers to chemicals listed under the Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention.

The prohibition of certain hazardous pesticides refers to those listed under the Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention. Additionally, the list of prohibited substances might refer to the Class 1A and B substances as defined by WHO.

Degree of Intensity (DoI)

  1. Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues AND certain hazardous pesticides are prohibited.
  2. Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues AND production follows IPM.
  3. Less than 50% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres have to be tested for agrochemical residues)
  4. 51% - 90% of fibres is organic (non-organic fibres have to be tested for agrochemical residues)
  5. More than 90% of fibres is organic


Comment/Rationale

Guidance: 
Here, a differentiation of the use of pesticides could be made as in the agriculture criterion for "hazardous chemicals" (which basically are pesticides): Prohibited substances referring to the Class 1A and B substances as defined by WHO, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade.


Degree of Intensity:
For the degrees of intensity, we suggest to add to DoI 1. "Fibres are extensively tested for agrochemical residues" as a reference to the ban of certain hazardous pesticides.


This criterion is currently a minimum criterion.

Kommentare (4)

Kristin

12.10.2018 11:59

We suggest to delete DoI 1 (Fibres are extensivly tested for agrochemical residues and certain harzardous pesticides are prohibited) because this Ambition Level is too low.

We recommend to delete IPM Cotton.

Whats about the aspect "GMO". it is not discussed here?

Johannes

Kommentar der Moderation
12.10.2018 18:09

Thanks for your comment! We will have a slot on criteria for fibres in the workshop and provide an explanation for our position sustainable fibres and the aspect of GMOs.

Elke

10.10.2018 10:39

Degree of Intensity

The degree of intensity in E 79 New would mean that ‘non-organic fibres’ have to be tested for agrochemical residues only if the organic cotton fibre content is less than 90% and that there would be no need to test the fibres if more than 90% of the fibres are organic.

The need for subjecting samples for agrochemical testing based on the relative proportion of organic cotton in a sample is technically incorrect.

Any cotton fibres including organic cotton could contain harmful residues. Irrespective of any claims made regarding the presence of any proportion of organic cotton in the blend, all fibres/fabrics/garments should be tested.

(e.g. MRLs of 0.5 ppm and 1.0 ppm as prescribed by Oeko-Tex and 0.5 ppm prescribed by the EU ECO-LABEL are for the cumulative total residual content of hazardous pesticides)

We suggest to delete DoI 4 and 5

We suggest to ad the word "randomly" to DoI 1
“Fibres are randomly tested for agrochemical residues (any) AND certain hazardous pesticides are prohibited”

Johannes

Kommentar der Moderation
12.10.2018 18:12

Thanks for your comment! We will have a slot on criteria for fibres in the workshop and be able to discuss the role of "organic" and "GMO" cotton in the sustainability discussion generally and the necessity for residue testing of organic cotton specifically.