Organic Content Standard (Formerly Known As the OE Standard) - Since 2009
Organic Content Standard is a Textile Exchange standard. Textile Exchange is a global, nonprofit organization that began as Organic Exchange in 2002. Organic Exchange, in partnership with farmers, manufacturers, brands, and retailers, grew the organic cotton market from $240 million in 2001 to $6.8 billion in 2011. Textile Exchange is committed to accelerating sustainable practices in the textile value chain in order to create material change, restore the environment, and enhance lives around the world.
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is a voluntary chain of custody standard that provides companies with a tool for third-party verification that a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material. The OCS is built on the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).
The main difference with the previous OE standard is that all organically grown inputs are now allowed, no longer restricted to organic cotton. They still have two labeling options:
OCS 100 - for 100% organic input and
OCS Blended - for blended compositions.