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Lori Wyman appointed as GOTS Representative in North America

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 16:39

 

LoriWymanWebGOTS is pleased to announce Lori Wyman as the new Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Representative for North America. Prior to joining GOTS, Lori was Senior Auditor with Control Union Certifications and has served as an inspector to textile programs for over ten years.
Additionally, she has conducted organic food audits on both farms and factories to the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), as well as several private standards with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) components nationally and internationally. Lori had previously worked in the membership and marketing departments of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). She is excited to draw upon past partnerships with brands, retailers, regulatory agencies, NGOs, organic certification agencies, and educational textile programs to strengthen the visibility of the GOTS program.
 

Lori will be based in Massachusetts and can be reached at

SDC Lecture in PSG College, Coimbatore, India

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 13:01

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.

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Elif Yarasik appointed as GOTS Representative in Turkey

Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2016 17:02

 

elifGOTS is pleased to announce Elif Yarasik as the regional representative in Turkey. Turkey is the country with the second most GOTS certified facilities worldwide (469 in 2015) which makes it a very important sourcing market.
Previously Elif has worked in textile both in manufacturing and sourcing industry since 1993, among others for Turkey offices of Nike, Hanesbrands, Next and Puma and for big vertical garment suppliers of Turkey. She has an extensive experience on understanding manufacturing and sourcing side of business in addition to technical side. Her main expertise is the implementation and managing the ecological, environmental, social compliance requirements of textile suppliers as per brand specific requirements which includes global legislations.  Certification management in supply chain in correlation   with buying/sourcing decisions also taking consideration the manufacturing possibilities is another achievement on her carrier. She also has technical experience for process and quality testing, dying and finishing of fabrics addition to project management for sourcing the machineries and process efficiency in dye-houses.
Elif holds a bachelor degree as a Chemist from Middle East Technical University.

Elif will be based in Istanbul and can be reached at

GOTS Participated in Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference 2015

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 12:57

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.

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GOTS at BioFach India 2016

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:31

GOTS INVITES YOU TO ITS BOOTH AT BIOFACH INDIA 2016, NEW DELHI, India

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.

 

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GOTS invited to speak at ‘Smart Vision 2020’ by SASMIRA, Mumbai

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 12:48

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.

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