Ethical Certificate

Unfortunately, the textile industry is using more chemicals for the production than most other industries. In the countries that manufacture clothes for the textile industry, rules are much more lenient than they are in Europe. Still, we believe the textile industry has a responsibility to ensure that their suppliers are using the mildest and least harmful chemicals possible for their production. During production, chemicals are added in order to colour, soften, or make the fabric wrinkle-free. Clothes may also be treated with chemicals that make them fire-resistant, or prevent them from absorbing moisture during transport. In addition, clothes may be treated with antibacterial compounds, or impregnation that protect against water and weather, or they may have prints that are bad for the environment and your health. Chemicals in clothes can?t be avoided, but we need to make sure that we use the least dangeorus ones. Our chemical policy ensures that our clothes contain no dangerous chemicals.

EU requirements
EU puts a lot of effort into limiting the use of dangerous chemicals that are thought to affect fertility. Substances of Very High Concern is a part of EU?s chemicals regulation (REACH) and contains a list of problematic substances.
These include, among others, substances that:
- are cancer-inducing
- alter genes
- negatively affect fertility
- are not biodegradable enough
- accumulate in living tissue
- are hormone-disrupting
- are allergenic

These substances include heavy metals such as chrome, copper, nickel, zink, and cadmium, lead as well as chlorine and formaldehyde, plus some allergenic azocompunds, and phthalates used to soften plastics, NPE, and PVC.
The EU expands the Substances of Very High Concern as needed. If a product contains chemicals on the list in a concentration above 0.1 %, the product has to be reported to the European Chemicals Agency. Products marked with GOTS, Oeko-Tex 100 or the EU Ecolabel do not contain any dangerous chemicals. Some of Claire?s product lines are marked with the GOTS label and many of our styles bear the Oeko-Tex 100 label.As dictated by Claire?s chemical policy, all our suppliers must comply with the EU chemicals regulation REACH. They all sign an agreement and are responsible for monitoring their supply chain to ensure that all suppliers operate within the permitted limits when manufacturing our products.
The requirements of the Oeko-Tex 100 standard have to be complied with for Claire clothing marked by that label. As a matter of policy, we perform random tests of fabrics to make sure that our suppliers know how important the issue of dangerous chemicals is to us. As we cannot perform these tests in-house, we are cooperating with an external tester. At this moment, we have no reason to suspect that our suppliers are not complying with our requirements.