Sustainability Efforts

Ethical and Environmental Efforts at Garnier-Thiebaut

Our Internal Green Efforts: At Garnier-Thiebaut, we care about the environment and work to reduce our impact on the local and global environment via processes such as:

  • Recycling all reusable materials within our facilities, offices and warehouses as well as throughout all our processes, including the treatment of used water.
  • Reducing our paper consumption by use of our ERP Systems which are based on paperless workflow.
  • Standardizing the use of LED lights to aid in the reduction of our daily energy consumption.
  • Implementing the use of recycled plastic liners, pallets, and cardboard materials.
  • Promoting low energy products such as our organic cotton linens and Green Sweet table linen.
  • Minimizing the waste of leftover fabric and any scrap material by donating these items through useful resources.
  • Utilizing rail transportation when possible to minimize our carbon emission.
  • Training our employees, contractors and suppliers to follow and utilize our environment policies.

Innovation guided by sustainability: A brief history of our dedication to reducing waste over the years during our operational processes:

  • In the 1980's, we introduced our first Polyester/Cotton terry towels.
  • In the 1990's, our Polyester table linen was enabled with Soft Touch Technology.
  • In 1996, we received our first ISO 9002 certification for our continued efforts in quality assurance in production, installation and servicing.
  • In 2003, we received our ISO 14001 1998 certification for our ability to maintain an effective environmental management system.
  • 2010-2020, we achieved a full automatization of fabric transfers and a controlled production system. We began the use of I-Care bed linen technology which allowed for the quality of bed linen to last longer, shrink less and save water.
  • In 2021, in efforts to reduce water consumption, we are developing new line of linens made of hemp. Hemp plant does not need as much water as cotton plant to grow and process (example: producing and processing 2lbs of cotton requires approximately 500 gallons of water)

Our Partnership with Oeko-Tex

Garnier-Thiebaut is accredited with the Oeko-tex Standard 100:

  • Developed in 1992, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 or Öko-Tex Standard 100 is an international testing and certification system for textiles which limits the use of certain chemicals.
  • With a total of over 51 000 certificates issued for millions of  products, and over 6 500 companies involved world-wide, Oeko-Tex is among the most widely recognized label for textiles tested for harmful substances.
  • Through Oeko-tex®, we propose textile recycling of our fabrics to reduce cotton and synthetic waste wherever possible.
  • We also aim to mitigate the use of high temperature water, solvents and other polluting chemical components in our products.
  • To limit our global environmental impact, all textiles are sorted, transformed and reconditioned in France.
  • Lastly, we use Oeko-Tex as a guaranteed tool for customers to research and trace the operational life of our bed, bath, and table linen and be assured that Garnier-Thiebaut products are safe from harmful substances. 

Our Sustainability Promises and Accreditations

Certified ISO 9001 since 2001, Garnier-Thiebaut is particularly committed to quality management obtained through strong customer orientation, employee motivation, management commitments, process approach and continues improvement. Thanks to this approach, the products and services offered are constantly improving and in line with customers' needs and requirements.

Garnier-Thiebaut has implemented a strategic approach to sustainably improve its environmental performances: manufacturing processes, product design, training of all employees. Everything fits into a dynamic perspective of controlling our environmental impacts. It is to highlight this approach and make it evolve, that Garnier-Thiebaut has chosen to get certified ISO 14001 in October 2017.

The label "France Terre Textile" (French textile territory) guarantees a real authenticity, born from the tradition and French textile innovation. It is the insurance of clear traceability, a service of proximity and a real expertise. France Terre Textile is a quality label given to products made in France with special care given to environmental, ethical, social and ecological issues. Garnier-Thiebaut is proud to carry the values of this label!

Certified ISO 9001 since 2001, Garnier-Thiebaut is particularly committed to quality management obtained through strong customer orientation, employee motivation, management commitments, process approach and continues improvement. Thanks to this approach, the products and services offered are constantly improving and in line with customers' needs and requirements.

Approved Companies

Vosges Terre Textile is an independent label, which proves and guarantees to the consumers that the items they buy are authentically manufactured in the Vosges, according to traditional principles: quality, traceability, authenticity, creativity and safety.

Labeled Product

Vosges Textile land gives the consumer a way to recognize the products are actually made in the Vosges so that he/she can make the purchases with confidence.

Labeled Product

This logo is for labeled items only. These are the textile articles that have demonstrated during a traceability control (renewed every year) that they meet the criteria of the specifications required.

Labeled Fabric

This logo is for labeled fabric only. These are nonwoven fabrics or knits or veils which have demonstrated during a control of traceability (renewed every year) that they respect the criteria of the specifications.