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Many questions always arise on the subject of seals for sustainability, ecology and social ethics. We would like to answer the most important ones here:

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Why seals and certifications at all?

Because terms like “sustainable” or “ecological” are relative and not absolute.

That's why vague promises appear more often.

Certified seals, which check the facts with absolute certainty, help against this.

A seal is always better than no seal - but with the right certifications you can be sure that you are actually buying an ecologically sustainable, socially ethical product.

Why seals and certifications at all?

Because terms like “sustainable” or “ecological” are relative and not absolute.

That's why vague promises appear more often.

Certified seals, which check the facts with absolute certainty, help against this.

A seal is always better than no seal - but with the right certifications you can be sure that you are actually buying an ecologically sustainable, socially ethical product.

With what seals is it Nordlicht certified?

First of all, we have certification from two classics in the organic industry, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and, for our leather products, LWG (Leather Working Group).
The ecological product criteria include the ban on plasticizers and dangerous textile chemicals as well as testing for harmful substances in natural fibers. This means that all products are guaranteed to be free of harmful substances and ecological.

The third important seal for us is the Green Button. The Green Button is a state seal, it was developed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development with the participation of the German Society for International Cooperation and is awarded by the BMZ. GOTS and LWG seals are required for the green button. For the Green Button, social production standards, environmental consequences in production, complaint management, monitoring of compliance with promises of improvement and much more are checked and evaluated in 46 criteria.

Unlike private quality seals, the seal not only includes criteria for the products and production conditions at the suppliers, but also checks whether the ordering companies comply with their due diligence obligations. This is a novelty! For example, it tests whether the companies ensure human rights and environmental protection in their corporate policies and examine the risks and effects of their business activities along their supply chains. Are effective measures taken and reported transparently and publicly? Are there complaint mechanisms for those potentially affected and are these being followed? This is not just asked for, it is checked and validated.

How do you see the development of the Green Button Seal?

Good, because the seal has implemented the further development, so to speak. From the beginning, criticism was invited and the discussion was conducted publicly. The result is the GREEN BUTTON 2.0.

Key points in the revision of the standards were the inclusion of steps towards living wages, the coverage of the entire supply chain in corporate due diligence and a broader anchoring of due diligence within the company.

Those potentially affected are more closely involved, and the sustainability goals for management are examined and evaluated. For the products, some requirements are placed on the materials used for the first time. Existing criteria at the level of assembly and wet processes have been further developed.

So the seals with which you are certified offer security?

Yes. All NORDLICHT-Products are tested and positively evaluated throughout the entire production and supply chain according to strict social and ecological criteria.

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