Kapitel 1: Umwelt-Mindestkriterien

Kategorie: Inputs

Production of natural fibres (E79)

Criteria question

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

Guidance

“Organic fibres" are fibres that are certified as organic according to a recognized international or national organic farming standard by a certification body that is IFOAM accredited or internationally recognised (according to ISO 17065). If standards require other sustainability certification (e.g. BCI, FairTrade, FSC), equivalence has to be assessed and recognized. 'organic in conversion' is recognized as equivalent to organic.

Random testing on agrochemical residues refers to at least those chemicals listed under the Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention. The prohibition of hazardous pesticides includes at least the pesticides listed under the Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention. Additionally, the list of prohibited substances might refer to Class 1A and B substances as defined by WHO.

Degree of Intensity (DoI)

  1. Fibres are randomly tested for agrochemical residues AND hazardous pesticides as described in the guidance are prohibited.
  2. 51% - 90% of fibres is organic or organic in conversion (non-organic natural fibres have to be tested for agrochemical residues).
  3. More than 90% of fibres is organic or organic in conversion.


In order to fulfil minimum criterion E79, the standard has to include an immediate obligatory requirement to test fibres randomly for agrochemical residues and to prohibit hazardous pesticides as described in the guidance.

Kommentare (3)

Judith

ID: 104 16.01.2019 15:44

DoI 1 does not match with 2 and 3. What is the motivation of this criteria, to test the fibers for residues and pesticides (DoI 1) or to promote the use of certain fiber types (DoI 2 & 3)? Follow-up question: Does DoI 2 and 3 include testing from DoI 1 or does the use of organic fibres substitute testing? In the current form the criteria suggests that organic fibres simply never have to be tested for harmful substances.

Tina

ID: 98 07.01.2019 14:21

FSC is not a standard for sustainable fibres (but for wood/forestry products). It should read "(e.g. BCI, FairTrade, CmiA)"

Rahul

ID: 97 17.12.2018 07:26

1. It needs to be clarified that random testing for agrochemical / pesticide residues is relevant only for conventionally grown fibres and not organic fibres.

2. Sentence "Fibres are randomly tested for agrochemical residues AND hazardous pesticides as described in the guidance are prohibited." may be reworded for clarity to :
"Conventionally grown fibres are randomly tested for agrochemical residues. Hazardous pesticides as described in the guidance are prohibited for use in the production of natural fibres".