What is GOTS and what does it stand for?
The Global Organic Textile Standard is commonly known as the worldwide most advanced and widespread certificate of sustainability within the textile industry. It aims at harmonizing the many different standards of production and processing along the entire textile supply chain and therefore provides a high degree of transparency and credibility. To ensure the organic status of textiles the label, from day one, covers the ecological cultivation and harvesting of the raw material, its environmentally and socially responsible processing and manufacturing as well as its transparent labeling.
Only organic fibers are allowed.
This means that the usage of chemical pesticides and genetically modified seed is strictly prohibited. Instead natural fertilizers are applied an measures are taken to reduce the waste of water.
Moreover all processors and manufacturers must meet social criteria according to the key norms of the International Labour Organisation ILO.
All stages of processing organic fiber products must fulfill environmental and human toxicity criteria.
In order to reduce the environmental impact only positive listed substances, chemicals and processes are allowed to be applied. There are many criteria to be mentioned.
Therefore we will only provide a few below:
• Chlorine bleach is prohibited, only permitted when based on oxygen.
• Printing only permitted with water-based colors
• All factories must provide waste water treatment.
• All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability