Glossary

Terms

Sustainability

Used to encompass everything related to the topic of "being sustainable" which overall means not depleting our natural resources for future generations. At Arbor we break this term down into how it impacts the specific areas of People, Planet and Employment.

Ethical

Simply put, this term relates to what is morally right & wrong. For us at Arbor, being ethical means acting in kind & respectful ways towards the planet and all living beings on it.

Biodegradable

A material that can decompose down into carbon, nitrogen, water and other naturally occurring elements in the open environment or via composting leaving behind no toxic residue - yay!

Transparency

To openly share and provide access to all information from materials to suppliers and production processes.

Greenwashing

A marketing ploy used to portray that a certain product is more environmentally friendly than it actually is by overusing symbols associated with nature, and terms associated with sustainability. Most of the time, those products aren’t environmentally friendly at all. It’s the eco-version of a white lie.

Repurpose(d)

This means (getting creative &) using an object/product for something other than what it was initially intended for. Ex: turning a t-shirt into a tote bag or even the popularized face-mask!

Certifications

GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard

The leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. When a product is GOTS certified, we can be sure that our customer is wearing a piece that will cause them no harm, while also having caused no harm to the people or planet throughout the supply chain.

GRS - Global Recycling Standard

An international, voluntary and comprehensive product standard that addresses supply chain manufacturers' product recovery/regeneration components, regulatory chain controls, social responsibility, environmental regulations and chemical restrictions throughout the supply chain.

Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX

One of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. If a textile article carries the Standard 100 label, you can be certain that every component has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless in human-ecological terms.

Fair Trade

A designation developed to help consumers recognize and support products that come from farms and people that have been certified to be provided fair wages and working conditions.

PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world & focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest number of animals suffer the most: Laboratories, Food Industry, Clothing Trade & Entertainment Industry. In order to be PETA certified, companies must verify that they do not conduct any animal testing and do not harm animals in any production processes and pledge to never do so.

B Corporation

Certified B Corporations are a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.

Certified Vegan

The Certified Vegan Logo is a registered trademark, similar in nature to the kosher mark, for products that do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals.

USDA Organic

USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives.

BLUESIGN

The BLUESIGN system aims to find solutions for sustainable textile production by eliminating harmful substances at each step of the supply chain, and approving chemicals, processes, materials, and products that are safe for the environment, the workers and customers.

OCS - Organic Cotton Standard

The OCS provides a strict chain of custody system from the organic raw material source to your finished product.

Cradle to Cradle

Indicates a product that is either completely recyclable or biodegradable, and made with the lowest impact manufacturing processes that are not harmful to people or the environment in any way.

RWS - Responsible Wool Standard

The Responsible Wool Standard is an independent, voluntary standard. On farms, the certification ensures that sheep are treated with respect to their Five Freedoms and also ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land.

Safer Choice

Safer Choice is a certification and labeling program that shows consumers which products perform well and are safe for human health and the environment.

WRAP - Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production

WRAP is an independent, objective, non- profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education.

GBCI - Green Business Certification Inc.

GBCI delivers access access to the environmental, social and human health benefits of LEED to projects of all sizes, covering nearly every space type.

Green Seal

Green Seal® is a global nonprofit organization that pioneered the eco-labeling movement with a mission to transform the economy for a healthier, greener world. This certification is a universal symbol of health & leadership, verifying that a product meets the highest standards of clean.

Organizations

Textile Exchange

The Textile Exchange is a global non-for-profit that works closely with their members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibres, integrity and standards responsible for supply networks.

BCI - Better Cotton Initiative

A global non-for-profit organization and the largest cotton sustainability program in the world. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, the environment it grows in and better for the sector's future.

1% For the Planet

One Percent for the Planet is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual sales to environmental causes. Their mission is to "build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.

Social Enterprise Mark CIC

Is an award-winning international social enterprise accreditation body, which has over ten years’ experience of providing clear standards for the social enterprise sector, defining what it means to be a genuine social enterprise.

WTFO - The World Fair Trade Organization

The World Fair Trade Organization, is a global association of 401 organizations who are committed to improving the livelihoods of economically marginalized producers.

FSC - Forest Stewardship Council

FSC is a global not-for-profit organization that ensures that companies using timber from an FSC-certified forest meet their standards along the entire supply chain.

ETI - Ethical Trading Initiative

ETI is a network. In order to be a member, companies must adhere to ETI’s Base Code, which ensures that works have freely chosen their employment, are being paid fairly, are working in safe conditions, and more.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production.

Leaping Bunny

Since 1996, the Leaping Bunny Program, operated by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics in the US and Canada, has been connecting compassionate consumers to cruelty-free companies under its Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals.

The Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance certification seal means that the product (or a specified ingredient) was produced by farmers, foresters, and/or companies working together to create a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution is the world’s largest fashion activism movement, mobilizing citizens, industry and policymakers through our research, education and advocacy work.

Green America

Green America certifies businesses that are committed to using business as a platform for social change. Since 1982, Green America has evaluated over 8,000 small businesses.

Leather Working Group

LWG approves and/or rates (Gold, Silver, or Bronze) leather tanneries and leather traders based on how their production processes affect the environment.