The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Bellababy Pty. Ltd. is fully aware off the debt owed by so many consumers, to the wonderfully dedicated people who make up what is internationally known as GOTS.
GOTS is comprised of four reputed member organisations, namely OTA (USA), IVN (Germany), Soil Association (UK) and JOCA (Japan), which contribute to the GOTS, together with further international stakeholder organizations and experts, their respective expertise in organic farming and environmentally and socially responsible textile processing.
“The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status for textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a creditable assurance to the end consumer.
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.”
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the highest textile processing standard for organic fibres in the world today. This standard encompasses both ecological and social criteria. There exists an independent certification for the entire textile supply chain. The GOTS standards for the ecological and sociological requirements have been set high and there is ample scope to acknowledge the reliability of the processes and the transparency of the criteria employed.
A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified fibres whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres. There are many stringent criteria that are used in the ascertaining as to whether a product may or may not be eligible to be certified with the GOTS label.
Listed below are some of the KEY criteria for processing and manufacture.
- At all stages through the processing organic fibre products must be separated from conventional fibre products and must be clearly identified.
- Prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes.
- Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching).
- All operators must have an environmental policy including procedures to minimise waste discharges.
- Minimal social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) must be met by processor.
The above represents only a small selection of the criteria GOTS uses to certify a specific product or process.
A visit the GOTS official web site, http://www.global-standard.org/, is highly recommended.