WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GOTS CERTIFIED?
With today’s sustainability challenges and the contribution of the fashion and textile industry adding to those challenges, we must collectively rethink production and consumption of textiles. Organic fibres play multifaceted roles in creating an industry that actively lowers its environmental impact and prioritises human health over short term profit.
To build a truly sustainable textile industry, GOTS evaluates the processing and manufacturing of textiles on the basis of both environmental and social criteria. This means assessing everything from the chemical inputs being used to the ethical treatment of workers. To become GOTS certified, it is mandatory to meet all of the criteria.
Organic fibres are natural fibres grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides and GMOs (Genetic Modified Organisms) according to the principles of organic agriculture. Organic agriculture is a production process that sustains the health of ecosystems, soils and people. Key points below:
*Separation from conventional fibre products and identification of organic fibre products
*Use of GOTS approved colourants and auxiliaries in wet-processing only
*Processing units must demonstrate environment management, including wastewater treatment
*Technical quality parameters for colour fastness and shrinkage for finished goods required
*Restrictions on accessories
*Restrictions on additional fibre materials
*Environmentally hazardous substances prohibited in chemical inputs
*Evaluation of toxicity and biodegradability for chemical inputs