Liberty Fabrics recognises that the production of fabric has significant environmental and social impact on the world around us. We take our duty with regards to responsible production seriously and we are making every endeavour to continuously improve our progress in this area.
Memberships and Certifications
We joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in January 2017 to be part of a collective movement to promote better cotton farming practices. BCI aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, for the environment and for the sector’s future. As part of Liberty Fabrics’ membership, all of our cottons and bases with cotton compositions are sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative. We do not permit the use of cotton sourced from Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan.
We secured the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) enabling us to retail select bases as “Organic” (classified as containing a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres). In order to meet the requirements of GOTS, we have independently certified environmental, chemical and social standards through the supply chains of our organic fabrics. We secured Standard 100 Oeko-Tex certification for a number of our finished cotton and linen bases. The Standard is a worldwide, consistent, independent testing and certification methodology to ensure effective product safety from a consumers’ point of view. As part of achieving this certification, we have mapped and certified responsible chemical use at raw material and finished product level for the fabric bases that this certification applies to.
We additionally verify recycled materials through the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). Intended for use with any product that contains at least 20% Recycled Material, through the GRS we ensure that each stage of production is certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction.
Where we can, we look for innovative fibres to use in our fabrics that mitigate impacts on the worlds’ resources. Fibre innovations that are used in a number of our bases include:
LENZING™ standard Lyocell and Modal fibre types – certified as compostable and biodegradable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions
BEMBERG™ branded Cupro - a regenerated fibre made from cotton linter, a raw material that is considered pre-consumer waste
ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon – virgin quality nylon yarn created from recovering nylon waste, such as fishing nets and fabric scraps
Recycled Polyester – new polyester fibre made from melting existing plastic and re-spinning.
For a full list of the memberships, certifications, and alternative fibres used in our fabric basis, please contact us or find a Liberty Fabrics Agent.