We believe it is very important that what we make are good and responsible products. Not only are they made from good materials (organic fibers) but also made under responsible and sustainable conditions. The GOTS quality mark is a nice quality mark to make this known to the outside.
What does this quality mark entail?
The purpose of the standard is to define globally recognized requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from the harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible production to labeling to provide credible assurance to the end consumer.
GOTS sets requirements worldwide that guarantee the biological status of textiles. This way, the end user knows for sure that the organic product meets these requirements. It is nice for textile treatment companies and manufacturers to be able to market their organic fabrics and clothing with a globally accepted quality mark. The GOTS quality mark gives the customer certainty but also all those involved in the production process.
CERTIFICATION OF THE ENTIRE TEXTILE CHAIN
The GOTS standard applies to the entire textile chain:
fiber processing into textile
the manufacturing of the final product
the packaging, labeling, trade and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibers.
Different requirements apply to fibers, processing and production. Fiber must be grown in an organic way. Synthetic crop protection agents and fertilizer are not permitted. The GOTS also sets requirements for the processing of the fiber into fabric and clothing. At each step it is determined which auxiliary substances may be used to achieve as much as possible environmental benefits. GOTS also sets social requirements in the field of labor rights (including minimum wage, prohibition of forced and child labor and a safe and hygienic working environment).
More information about GOTS: www.global-standard.org