Bears for Humanity is certified to the most stringent organic, sustainable and fair trade standards in the world. In the absence of international laws addressing these topics, organizations have developed strict standards to demonstrate compliance and transparency throughout the supply chain and to provide information to you, our customers.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS):
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the stringent voluntary international standard for the processing of organic fiber-containing products, addressing all the post-harvest processing stages (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing). It includes both environmental and social provisions for post-farm to retail shelf management. Key provisions include a ban on the use of child labor, genetic engineering, heavy metals, and highly hazardous chemicals such as formaldehyde, while requiring living wages and strict wastewater treatment practices.
Global Recycled Standard (GRS):
Bears for Humanity uses only recycled polyester, also known as rPET, obtained by melting down existing plastic and re-spinning it into new polyester fiber. The rPET is certified to the Textile Exchange “Global Recycled Standard” (GRS), a voluntary international standard that sets requirements regarding the amount of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. It provides assurance that materials in the final product are actually recycled and processed more sustainably. Each stage of production is required to be certified.
World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
The WFTO Guarantee System assesses the entirety of a business, not just a specific product, ingredient or supply chain. It includes an assessment of the enterprise’s overall structure and business model, its operations and its supply chains. The 10 Principles of Fair Trade specify the ways that Fair Trade Enterprises are set up and behave to ensure they put people and planet first. Its provisions include transparency, fair payment, no forced or child labor, and respect for the environment. Once verified, a business can be considered a Fair Trade Enterprise that truly exists to put the interests of producers and their communities first.