Certifications That Shows Your Sneakers Are Sustainably Sourced
We’re here to inform you of the certifications and signs you should be looking for, because it matters -- to our planet, to us, and to you.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is one of the most trusted international certifications for sustainability. Since 2020, we’ve been making the switch to using only GOTS certified cotton in our canvas sneakers, like OCA Low and OCA High. This certification guarantees that a material is made from at least 70% natural organic fibers. It checks the entire process of manufacturing, from the material to the packaging, labor, and distribution. There can be no use of toxic dyes, pesticides, allergenic or carcinogenic substances used in the creation of the material.
Global Recycled Standard certification
The Global Recycled Standard certification ensures that a product is made at least partly of recycled materials. It is dedicated to fair labor as well as accurate content claims to reduce the environmental and chemical impact of the production of clothes and other goods. The laces on our shoes are made from recycled plastic bottles and are certified by the Global Recycled Standard.
Braskem I’m greenTM EVA
The Braskem I’m greenTM logo indicates the use of I'm greenTM EVA in our IBI outsoles, a plastic made out of sugarcane, a renewable raw material. Instead of traditional EVA made from fossil fuels, this eco-friendly green version reduces greenhouse gas emissions. I'm greenTM EVA is created sustainably with conscious practices.
FSC certified trademark
The FSC certified trademark is a certification by the Forest Stewardship Council that signifies that products have been made responsibly using environmentally friendly practices and materials that promote forest conservation. All of the bamboo used in our 100% carbon neutral IBI sneakers is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, OEKO-TEX & the Organic Crop Improvement Association.
Organic Crop Improvement Association
The Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA International) has high standards for production that ensure all materials bearing their symbol are organic. Among their requirements are that fertilizers used in growing crops are all-natural and non-chemical, and weeds and pests are controlled using crop rotation rather than chemical pesticides. Strict records must be kept to keep this certification and routine inspections are made of any company bearing this seal.
The OEKO-TEX® label is awarded to companies whose yarns and textiles have met rigorous requirements of testing to meet maximum consumer safety. They check all parts of a product for chemicals and other substances to ensure it is harmless to human health.
Leather Working Group certified
To be Leather Working Group certified means that your leather and suede supply chain has been fully vetted for sustainability. Responsibly sourced from Argentina, Thailand, Brazil, USA and China, the leather on our shoes like the OCA High Black Premium Leather Sneaker is an LWG certified gold rating supplier. This means it has been approved by the highest standard of compliance in LWG’s auditing program. It also means that they maintain traceability of the leather that’s used. The classic high-tops are made from premium pebbled leather, crafted using alternative energy sources like solar panels as well as recycled water.
At CARIUMA, our sustainable sneakers are designed to fit your active lifestyle without negatively impacting the environment. Our certifications aren’t the be all and end all -- we’re on a constant mission to do better and be better for sneaker lovers. We’re committed to creating a lower footprint for you and the environment.