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Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): Standards, Benefits, Key Features

What is GOTS Certification?

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a certification standard that defines requirements for ensuring the organic status of textiles. This ranges from the production of the raw material to the labelling process. The measure was initiated to oversee an environmentally and socially responsible chain of operations for textile production. 

What are the standards for GOTS?

The standards for GOTS include the following:

  • An annual inspection of the processor, manufacturer, and trader, performed by the certification body
  • Assessment of the inputs and machines used
  • Tracing the product flow
  • Overseeing wastewater treatment at the end of the cycle
  • Quality check and residue policy implementation 

What are the benefits of GOTS Certification?

These are the top benefits of GOTS Certification:

  • Credibility: It is a standard external verification as compared to self-claims
  • Efficiency and Productivity: GOTS Certification helps in cutting companies’ costs and facilitates socio and eco-efficiency
  • Innovation and Differentiation: GOTS adds value to products and services and is well-received and recognised by the government
  • Sustainable Market Development: GOTS readies companies for strict climate-friendly measures
  • Protection: Protection of safety, health, and rights
  • Quality check: GOTS goods meet technical quality parameters that make them suitable for a bigger market

Does GOTS mean organic?

GOTS does not mean organic, but it focuses on all organic fibres, including cotton, wool, silk, and bamboo, and comes in 2 label grades printed on the product label.

  • ‘Organic’ labeled goods must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers.
  • ‘Made with Organic’ labeled goods must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres and should not exceed a 10% composition of synthetic fibres. Socks, leggings, and sportswear are permitted a 25% leeway.

GOTS is not an agricultural standard, instead, it is a textile standard. It does not exclusively set organic farming criteria. Still, it does require that the natural fibres farmed in making GOTS Certified goods be as per a national or internationally accredited organic farming body.

How does GOTS Certification work?

The GOTS certification system starts with the textile supply chain. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading, and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic fibers.

What are the key features of GOTS Certification?

Critical features of GOTS certification in terms of ecological and social criteria include:

  • Identification of organic fibre products
  • Use of GOTS-approved colourants 
  • Active environment management, including wastewater treatment, by the processing units
  • Check on quality parameters for colour fastness and shrinkage for finished goods 
  • Restrictions on additional fibre materials
  • Prohibition of environmentally hazardous substances in chemical inputs
  • Evaluation of toxicity of chemical inputs
  • Freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • No child labour 
  • No discrimination based on any criteria
  • Occupational health and safety (OHS)
  • No harassment and violence
  • Assessment of the living wage gap

How do you identify GOTS goods?

Correct GOTS labelling shows the trademark-registered GOTS logo (or the lettering ‘Global Organic Textile Standard’), the GOTS label grade (‘organic’ or ‘made with organic’), details of the certification body, the license number, and name of the certified entity.

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