GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard. A standard within organic textiles (made from cotton, linen or wool) which covers the entire supply chain: from the farmer; to the mill for cleansing and processing; dyeing, weaving and knitting; manufacture in the sewing house; and right through to the brand holder.
This whole process has to be GOTS certified (not just the supplier) in order for the brand to use the GOTS logo on their product tags.
STRICT AND TWO-PRONGED CERTIFICATION
All parties are inspected according to the comprehensive standard, which, put simply, is a very long list of zero tolerances, prohibitions and banned inputs. Normally, it’s no fun working with strict rules, however as long as the textile industry continues to be one of the most polluting in the world, we have to work with prohibitions and banned chemistry until it becomes common practise. All the factories have unannounced inspections every year.
Below you’ll find examples of banned chemical/critical (environmental and/or toxicological) inputs:pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, chlorine, PVC, phthalates, bisphenol A, heavy metals, GMO, formaldehyde, solvents.
Normally, organic mainly applies to farming, however in GOTS, it’s far more than farming. It’s the entire process; from farming, harvesting, cleansing, processing, weaving/knitting, dyeing and sewing. As a two-pronged approach GOTS covers both environmental and social issues, which applies to the entire supply chain.