Choose products that are made in the EU. In EU countries there are laws, standards and regulations, such as REACH, that limit the use of chemicals and protect the workers. In addition, there are other certifications that supervise the production processes such as Oeko-Tex® and GOTS®.
Aarrekid’s products are made in our own factory in northern Portugal, in Cottonhouse Lda. Our factory was established there in 1994 and has in the past years being specializing in ethical production. Having our own production makes it possible for us to be truly part of the decision making and to affect processes that our product goes through. All the suppliers that we work with and that are part of the chain, e.g. yarn suppliers, knitting, dying and printing houses, and accessories’ suppliers, all are situated close to our factory in northern Portugal.
Our production is Oeko-Tex® certified and the organic cotton yarns that we use are GOTS® certified. Whenever possible, we use recycled materials and organic cotton, and we utilize surplus accessories and fabrics to save production resources. Product security is monitored throughout the production, starting from the design, that is made according to EU standards and recommendations.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Union regulation dated 18 December 2006. REACH addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. Its 849 pages took seven years to pass, and it has been described as the most complex legislation in the Union’s history and the most important in 20 years. It is the strictest law to date regulating chemical substances and will affect industries throughout the world. REACH entered into force on 1 June 2007, with a phased implementation over the next decade. The regulation also established the European Chemicals Agency, which manages the technical, scientific and administrative aspects of REACH.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. Examples of articles that can be certified: raw and dyed/finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, sewing threads or labels, ready-made articles of various types (garments of all types, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry products and much more).
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.