Society of Dyers and Colourists EC, India organized an Expert Lecture in PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India. GOTS Representative in India Mr. Sumit Gupta, who also an associate (ASDC) of SDC, UK was invited as an external expert. The lecture was held on 12th September, 2015. The audience comprised of students of B.Tech Textile Technology from the institute.
As Mr. Gupta is also an Hon. Trustee of SDC EC, he started with a small introduction of SDC and its activities in India. This was followed by technical presentation on the subject, “Compliance and Certification requirements in Organic Textiles”. Mr. Gupta informed the students about hazardous chemicals in conventional textile processing and associated health risks. He also spoke about some certifications in field of sustainable textiles like GOTS, OCS, GRS etc. as well as the traceability of products along textile supply chain. Furthermore, he encouraged students to take up research projects that are focused on environment friendly materials and processes.
GOTS Deputy Technical Director Mr. Sumit Gupta spoke at Integrity 101 Session at TE Conference in Mumbai, India on 6th October, 2015. His presentation gave an overview about GOTS standard, key criteria across supply chain and labelling guidelines. The presentation was followed by a very interesting exercise for the participants, wherein they were asked to find out correct and incorrect label uses from 5 given examples. Other speakers in the session were Mr. Lee Tyler from Textile Exchange and Mr. Richard Cepeda from prAna. Attendees of the conference can download a copy of the presentation from the link.
GOTS was also one of the sponsors of ‘Organic Cotton Round Table’, held on 8th October, 2015. Mr. Gupta participated along with Ms. Prachi Gupta (Technical Office Manager India) and also hosted a Lunch Table Discussion during the ‘Eat and Greet’ session on the topic, “Relevance of Supply Chain Certifications at Later Stages of Production”. There was a mix of academicians, fibre manufacturer, non-retailer brands, retail brands, natural dyes manufacturer at the table. One of the clear conclusions of the discussion was need for formation of Regional Working Groups, including brands, retailers and representatives of Standard Owner/ Certification Body. These groups will work towards promoting use of labels instead of self-claims. A summary of OCRT can be read at the link.
We are glad to invite you again to be a part of BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC 2016, going to be held in New Delhi, India from 10th to 12th November, 2016. GOTS remains pledged to increasing awareness about certified organic textiles and educating about the concerns regarding conventional textile processing.
All exhibitors and visitors are invited to meet with Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in India, at the GOTS Information booth to learn about opportunities in India in the field of organic textiles. Mr. Gupta will be present for three days to answer all your queries about organic textiles certification, traceability, benefits and any other related questions.
GOTS is proud to be supporting the event (annual BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC) for the fifth year. It will be held at NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, India from 10th to 12th November, 2016. If you also wish to exhibit there, you can get in touch with Mr. Gupta:
Please download and read through Biofach India 2016 Textile Factsheet for more details.
The Synthetic and Art Silk Mills' Research Association organized a gathering of its alumni on 14th October, 2015 in Mumbai, India. The theme of the event was ‘Smart Vision 2020’. GOTS representative in India Mr. Sumit Gupta was invited as an external expert to speak on ‘Sustainability and GOTS Certification for Holistic Growth’. Mr. Gupta spoke about basic features of GOTS as a sustainability standard and how sustainability related research initiatives are vital to holistic growth of textile industry.
He emphasized that the entrepreneurs need to take a top-down approach to sustainability and the top management must adopt sustainable practices as a management approach for long term competitive gains, rather than responding to external demands for compliances and sustainable products. The lecture was much appreciated by the organisers and attendees, which comprised of both industry professionals and entrepreneurs.