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Sustainability Criteria

How we evaluate our partners

We partner with only the most environmentally and socially aware brands

In order to partner with us, brands must meet certain minimum requirements in relation to manufacturing practices and material resourcing. We carefully assess brand applications and supporting evidence as part of our thorough evaluation process.

In addition, we consider brand policies and practices in relation to the below operational areas. This includes administration, marketing, warehousing and distribution. Every part of the business model is relevant.

The Fair Cottage Sustainability Criteria


  • Local Resourcing
  • Recycled Materials
  • Sustainable & Organic Resourcing
  • Local Manufacturing
  • Animal Welfare
  • Avoiding Chemicals & PFC's
  • Green Packaging


  • Compensating CO2
  • Supply Chain & Manufacturing
  • Transport Optimisation

Energy & Waste

  • Reduction of Water Pollution
  • Green Energy
  • Waste Management

Fair Labour

  • Fair Labor & Compensations
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Health & Safety
  • Good Practices & Environment

Giving Back

  • Ecological & Sustainable Innovation
  • Repairing, Recycling & Upcycling
  • Circular Design
  • Social & Environmental Initiatives
  • Partnership with Organizations


  • CSR Report
  • Data Sharing & Evaluation
  • Spreading knowledge

Ethical Consumption Loop

It’s not only brands that are responsible for adopting sustainable values.

The Fair Cottage values ethical consumption and eco-conscious brands, but lasting change relies on consumers as well. Our online shop makes it easy to find sustainable products, empowering choices that have a positive impact on the planet. We also urge you to prolong the life-cycle of your clothing and gear through repair, reuse and recycling.

The Fair Cottage Ethical Consumption Loop

Labels & Certifications

Eco labels are the shortcuts to trust

Eco Labels and Sustainability Certifications for Brands

Many outdoor brands are certified with sustainability labels which are either self-issued or a third-party allows the brand to use. These labels are often recognisable, but not always. That’s why The Fair Cottage provides detailed information on any sustainability label or certification worn by brands that we partner with. This way it’s easy to understand the processes and materials they use, their corporate social responsibilities, which other organisations endorse them and who carries out audits related to labels and certifications.

The Fair Cottage Labels and Certifications

Fair Labour and Trade Labels

The main purpose of labels in this category is to indicate a brand’s commitment to either fair trade, working conditions, wages, workers rights or a combination of these factors. The third-party NGOs responsible for issuing the labels focus on protecting the interests of workers, promoting transparency throughout supply chains and monitoring standards via regular audits.

  • Fairtrade
  • Fair Labor Association
  • Fair Wear Foundation
  • World Fair Trade Organization

Animal Welfare and Conservation Labels

This type of label verifies that any brand displaying it works to protect animals and their rights. Some labels indicate a commitment not to use animal materials in their products and processes. Others indicate a pledge to protect animal welfare, in cases where a brand manufactures using animal derived materials, or a commitment to conserve wildlife populations and / or their habitats. Depending on the label, certifications can be issued based on an audit or a brand’s promise to comply with ethical standards

  • Down Codex
  • European Down & Feather Association
  • FSC
  • Peta
  • Peta Cruelty-Free
  • Peta Vegans Approved
  • Responsible Down Standard
  • Responsible Wool Standard

Good Practice Labels

Brands sporting labels from this category must adhere to strict standards of good practice in order to be certified. For many labels, these standards aim specifically to promote safety, transparency and sustainability in the textile industry, while the standards of other labels focus on specialist areas of ethical importance, such as fair commerce or sustainable surf boards. All brands are audited by the issuing organisation or an independent third-party to ensure compliance with the standards.

  • B Corporation
  • Bionic Finish Eco
  • Bluesign
  • Content Claim Standard
  • Eco Board Project
  • Ecolabel
  • Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Grades of Green
  • Global Recycled Standard
  • Oeko-Text
  • Organic 100
  • Recycled 100 Claim Standard
  • The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

Social and Environmental Labels

Labels in this category are licensed by organisations whose main priority is caring for the planet and its people. Such a label demonstrates a brand’s support for a certain organisation, both conscientiously and financially. Some organisations direct financial support toward a specific aim, like ocean conservation, while those with much broader scopes apportion revenue to various good causes based on stakeholder input.

  • 1% for the planet
  • Arbor Day Foundation
  • Climate Neutral Certified
  • European Outdoor Conservation Associaton
  • Hawaiian Legacy Rainforest Iniciative
  • My Climate
  • Parley
  • Protect Out Winter
  • Surfrider Foundation
  • Sustainable Surf
  • WWF


Our transparent material classification system

Sustainable Materials for Products

We provide detailed explanations of any eco material featured on our product pages. What does it mean? Who or what does it protect? Which organisation is responsible for certifying the material? These are the kinds of questions we will help you find the answers to.

The Fair Cottage Sustainable Materials

Certified Materials

Some organisations certify that a product is made from or contains a certain percentage of a material, which in most cases is verified by an independent third-party to be of a certain quality and / or from a particular source. Such labels can be used to verify if a material is sustainable, vegan, cruelty free, organic, recycled, ethically sourced or free from harmful chemicals and processes.

  • Bluesign
  • Down Codex
  • Eco Board Project
  • Ecolabel
  • European Down & Feather Association
  • Fairtrade
  • fsc
  • Global Organic Standard
  • Global Recycled Standard
  • Oeko-Text
  • Organic 100
  • Peta
  • Recycled 100 Claim Standard
  • Responsible Down Standard
  • Responsible Wool Standard
  • Peta Vegans Approved

Eco Materials

As well as certified materials, you can find out via our product pages which products claim to use certain sustainable materials. Such materials, in some cases, are not certified or verified by a third-party, either because no such third-party certification exists or because the brand has chosen to self-certify the use of the material.

  • Basalt Fiber
    Basalt Fiber
  • Bamboo
  • Bio Plastic
    Bio Plastic
  • Bio Resin
    Bio Resin
  • Cork
  • Craft Paper
    Craft Paper
  • Hemp
  • Limestone
  • Linen
  • Natural Wax
    Natural Wax
  • Natural Rubber
    Natural Rubber
  • Organic Cotton
    Organic Cotton
  • PFC Free
    PFC Free
  • Recycled ABS
    Recycled ABS
  • Recycled Cotton
    Recycled Cotton
  • Recycled EPS
    Recycled EPS
  • Recycled Neoprene
    Recycled Neoprene
  • Recycled Nylon
    Recycled Nylon
  • Recycled Poly
    Recycled Poly
  • Recycled PET
    Recycled PET
  • Recycled Rubber
    Recycled Rubber
  • Recycled Steel
    Recycled Steel
  • Recycled Wool
    Recycled Wool
  • Water Ink
    Water Ink
  • Water-based glue
    Water-based Glue
  • Wool
  • Wood
  • Yarn

Developed Technical Materials

Some technical materials are not certified by a third-party because they are only used by the companies that developed them or by their licenced partners. These tend to be high performance materials with customised properties and complicated processing methods that are patented by the parent companies.

  • Econyl
  • Primaloft
  • Tencel
  • Vibram
  • Bega Membrane Breathe™
  • Dermizax
  • Re:Down