The German Federal Government’s sustainability initiative, Siegelklarheit, has approved the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol as the standard for sustainable cotton.
Siegelklarheit’s sign-off allows Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (PST) members to use the Trust Protocol as a reference for calculating total sustainable cotton.
“Members of the PST work together to achieve substantial social and ecological improvements in their global supply chains,” said Jürgen Janssen, head of the PST secretariat.
“This also includes the production of raw materials and thus the cultivation and processing of cotton,” Janssen added. “In the Textiles Partnership, we advocate for transparent and traceable criteria in the certification of sustainable cotton. We are pleased that the Trust Protocol has successfully passed the audit by Siegelklarheit.”
PST’s framework requires members to report the level of sustainable and organic cotton used in their products. Now that the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has been approved, members can utilize it as a standard for reporting their metrics, in addition to other international standards, FashionUnited reported.
“The Trust Protocol’s vision is to set a new standard in sustainable cotton production where full transparency is a reality and continuous improvement to reduce our environmental footprint is the central goal,” said Trust Protocol President Gary Adams. “We commit to ensuring the protection and preservation of the planet, using the most sustainable and responsible techniques.”