Stilabunt Eco-Standards

Updated: May 16, 2020

Our philosophy is to ensure the highest standards of fairness & sustainability. Therefore, our partner fulfils at least one of our Eco-Standards.

This standard is about the origin of the raw materials, which come from controlled organic cultivation. In this area, there are different criteria and different certificates. The assessment standards differ depending on the country and the raw materials used. In general, care is taken to protect nature as much as possible. Forests of all kinds are about reformation and the preservation of biodiversity. Animals must be kept undisturbed and must retain their habitat. Insects and bees must not be scared away by pesticides. Social thinking and support for farmers must be maintained.

Appreciation of raw materials - You have chosen a product that consists of a raw material that has already been used. This is about the use of raw materials from so-called secondary procurement. With this approach, the product makes an important contribution to environmental protection in terms of conserving resources and valuing raw materials. The fact that a product could be manufactured from secondary raw materials, a recyclate, also means that either a recyclable product was correctly disposed of or environmental protection associations have collected recyclable products. In some cases even in intricate water protection campaigns to recover old or illegal fishing nets. It shows that products, and their precious raw materials, create more than one life-cycle when product manufacturers, consumers, and disposers work together.

By this eco-standard, we refer to the energy and emissions that a product generated during -its manufacture, -the procurement of raw materials, -the choice of production sites and associated supply routes, -and what the product needs to operate. Raw materials must be procured as close as possible to the production sites. Logistics and procurement must demonstrate efficient planning. The manufacturing processes must be able to prove an annual energy plan. There are many ways to conserve resources. One example relating to the choice of raw material: The production of recycled polyester causes 1/3 less CO2 emissions than conventionally produced polyester.

Funny slogan, but this is a really serious chapter! Eco -Standard 4 is about the use of chemicals to enable products to achieve a certain performance. Products that meet this standard pay particular attention to the use of non- or low-toxic components. Depending on the type of product, this can be done and detected in different ways. The approach to our guidelines for handling chemicals is taken from the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management - SAICM and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Qualitative development: Use non-hazardous substances, or where this is not possible, use substances with a low risk to humans and the environment and manufacture resource-conserving and durable products,

Quantitative development: reduce consumption of resources that are as renewable as possible; avoid emissions or inputs of chemicals or pollutants into the environment or, where this is not possible, reduce them; these measures help to save costs,

Comprehensive life cycle assessment: Analysis of raw material extraction, production, further processing, application and disposal of chemicals and products to reduce resource and energy consumption and avoid hazardous substances,

Action instead of reaction: Preventing chemicals from endangering the environment and human health during their life cycle and overloading the environment as source and sink.

The focus here is clearly on avoiding or reducing ingredients that have a negative impact on people, animals, and the environment.

The goal is to create a closed economic cycle. This means that product design has already considered the best possible recyclability when selecting components, compounds, and raw materials. Raw materials should be used as long as possible to ensure the best possible resource efficiency and conservation. Products are recyclable if they themselves are easy to recycle, e.g. because they can be disassembled back into their components by industrial processing. This also includes the natural process of compostability. The more obvious it is to separate the components, the better it is for the recycling process and further use. With this knowledge, we hope that products made from recyclable materials will be disposed of in a way that there is a further product cycle. For this purpose, Stilabunt offers a new infrastructure to bring all the players needed for a circular economy on one platform.

For this area, there are also some certificates and protected materials that define norms and standards. Cradle to Cradle - Textiles This certification is awarded to products that have been manufactured in a way that they form a product cycle. It means produced from the cradle to the cradle. The aim of this non-profit organization is to create an economic system that is waste-free in the product development phase. Cradle to Cradle was founded by the chemist Michael Braungart and his friend and colleague, the architect McDonough. The certificate is awarded to products that use environmentally friendly, healthy, and recyclable materials. The requirements therefore mainly cover the earliest stages of the value chain. Products must not be contaminated with hazardous chemicals during production and raw material extraction and must not leave any harmful chemical residues. To this end, the first checklist for companies wishing to have their products certified includes a list of banned chemicals.

In this area, the focus is on transparent traceability along the entire production chain. For us, social standards mean Fair play! Every person, every craft, every soil, every animal that gives something to create a product, should be given fair and appropriate recognition. It is about gratitude and awareness of the things we use every day. Companies that share this opinion show transparently how they implement these requirements. In addition, there are some certificates that help with verification and implementation. Through recognizably certified factories, suppliers, and farms, it is easier for a product manufacturer to find them and implement them in their production chains. The ILO - International Labour Organization, stands for an international labor law for third world countries and is therefore usually the basis for all labor protection organizations. "ILO - The Decent Work Agenda Through its mandate to improve the living and working conditions of workers worldwide, the ILO plays a prominent role in shaping the social face of globalization. To achieve this goal, the ILO developed the Decent Work Agenda in 1999 and institutionalized it in 2008 in the Basic Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization. This Agenda describes the ILO's strategy for poverty reduction and employment on the path to sustainable development. It aims to - productive employment with decent wages and decent working conditions, - social protection, including social security, - social dialogue - respect for ILO labor and social standards, in particular the core labor standards.”

This standard applies to the packaging of products. Starting with the industrial packaging during supply chain and ending with the packaging for shipment to final consumers. The main product must be protected from dirt, moisture, and possibly heat and cold. A packaging must function correctly and perform well for the fact that its life cycle is very short. This is the reason why the optimal balance between benefit, environmental protection, and economy is a challenge. If a brand or product meets this standard, the manufacturer must be transparent when handling its packaging. The optimal global solution has not yet been found, but there are partial successes that can already be achieved today by responsible companies. To fulfill this standard, unnecessary packaging is generally not allowed. The packaging must demonstrate recyclable attributes and come from renewable ecological and Co2 neutral raw materials (closed-loop recycling management). In addition, the recycling process itself has to be free of harmful and energy-consuming emissions. Each packaging needs an indication of how it should be disposed of or where it should be collected. In addition, it must be declared what materials the packaging is made of and where the raw materials come from. 70% of the packaging materials must consist of recycled materials. The consumption of primary raw materials must, therefore, be kept as low as possible if they cannot be completely dispensed with. There must be an ecological and economical disposal option that can also be used by the end consumer. In this case, ,companies can set up collection points if there are no municipal disposal systems. The company that places packaging on the market is responsible for ensuring that it can be disposed of.

a. Recycled

b. Energetically disposed of

c. Composted.

d. Reused several times in cycles without a recycling process.

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