Since its founding, the International Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft (IVN) has pursued one goal: raising awareness for eco-friendly textiles among consumers, press and the retail trade.  Providing facts about ecology in textiles supports a deliberate choice for eco-friendly textiles.  Our focus is on the inherent quality of eco-friendly textiles on the strength of our conviction that quality is the strongest selling argument.

IVN's first step was to define and implement specific criteria pertaining not only to ecology and social accountability in production processes but also to high quality standards in the finished product.  Products labeled with the quality seal NATURTEXTIL clearly demonstrate that it is eminently possible to produce modern, truly eco-friendly, socially accountable and high quality textiles. The association continues to broaden its range of activity.  A new quality seal – NATURLEDER – has been initiated.  The first products meeting this standard are currently being produced.  We continue to deal with cutting edge issues pertaining to eco-friendly textiles such as CO²-balance, fair production, animal welfare issues, and allergenic potential.

An increasingly significant aspect of the association's work is service for its members.  Press- and PR support, creating a forum for business contacts, databanks for products or consultations regarding product certification are just a few of our services..


The Associaton

Since its founding in 1989, the association has lived up to the goals and principles defined in its statues.  As an association of professionals, IVN is a highly qualified platform for discussions and cooperation among all those active in the eco-friendly textile industry.

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Our members

Protecting our environment, work predicated upon social accountability, producing products of high quality as well as providing factual information for consumers are common denominators for our members, who are active on many different levels of the textile chain.

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Quality Seals

The three quality seals awarded by IVN: NATURTEXTIL, NATURLEDER und GOTS, all set high standards for ecology, social accountability and product quality.

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We have compiled questions and answers from our daily experiences into brochures and flyers which we offer for free download or print order.

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