GOTS has developed and posted an entertaining new four minute video made by Simple Show on the GOTS website in which GOTS is explained using very simple and engaging story line graphics. The two main objectives are to make clear that only using organic fiber and not having the finished products processed in a sustainable fashion is a step in the right direction but not enough (the whole supply chain must be certified to be sustainable), and that only if a product shows the GOTS logo with the license number and certifiers reference can one be sure that it is GOTS-certified. This new video is in addition to our GOTS film, which can be viewed in 10 languages on our website.
GOTS is pleased to announce Felicia Shi (时怡) as the regional representative China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. Before joining GOTS, Felicia worked as an independent consultant on various projects for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the United Nations Environment Programme, and the ISEAL Alliance. She also served as the China coordinator, consultant, and PR manager for several international organizations and agencies including the London headquarters and Beijing representative office of AccountAbility, Global Compact Network China, and Hill & Knowlton Strategies. Felicia will be based in Tianjin and Beijing and can be reached at .
GOTS has created three "Why GOTS” fact sheets outlining how companies benefit with GOTS certification, how official bodies, organisations and institutions support GOTS, and how consumers benefit from GOTS. The "Why GOTS" fact sheet for consumers will include a QR Code which directly links to the new Simple Show video.
GOTS Releases new Flyer: COMPARE - from Field to Fashion
Following up on the very successful joint Soil Association/GOTS "Cottoned On" campaign GOTS has now released a new consumer flyer based on the Cottoned On infographic. The flyer highlights the benefits of certified organic textiles and includes a QR Code directly linking to the new Simple Show video.
GOTS Statement on Mandatory Certification for Organic Textile Products in India
The Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, has issued a legally binding Public Notice (as released on 18th November 2014 and amended on 1st December 2014) outlining that any product exported as an "organic product" will be required to be certified to the National Program for Organic Production (NPOP) by the 18th December, 2014 implementation deadline. While NPOP certification was already required for agricultural (food and raw fiber) products in the past, it will now also cover finished organic textile products. In this context, the Indian Standard for Organic Textiles (ISOT) was released as an integral part of NPOP; accordingly all organic textile products exported from India will require certification to ISOT.
GOTS has become an affiliate member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), given its globally-recognized standard for the processing of organic fibers and the organization’s commitment to the organic movement. IFOAM has formally recognized and endorsed GOTS, and requests governments to refrain from other establishing national organic textile processing standards.
GOTS Joins German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles
A German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles was initiated by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller. Launched in October, the goal is to improve the social, ecological, and economic conditions in the supply chains for textiles and apparel products. Marcus Bruegel, GOTS Technical Director, and Claudia Kersten, GOTS Marketing Director, contributed in working groups as well as on the steering committee in the development of the Partnership, and GOTS is one of the Alliance standards included the Plan of Action.
Soil Association Report: Organic Cotton Helps Feed the World
A September Soil Association briefing, “Organic cotton helps to feed the world,” explains how organic cotton helps farmers feed both their families and local communities around the world. The report, launched as part of the organization’s “Organic Textiles Week,” shows how organic cotton farming requires farmers to grow a diversity of crops to maintain healthy and fertile soils and fight off pests.These crops also are a source of food, enabling farmers and their families to feed themselves and their communities throughout the year and provide additional income. The report provides case studies of how organic cotton is farmed in China, Africa, India, Europe and the USA.
New LCA from TE: Organic Cotton Proven to Cause Less Environmental Damage than Conventional Cotton
According to the Textile Exchange, data from its November “Life Cycle Assessment of Organic Cotton Fiber” proves that organic cotton causes less environmental damage than conventional cotton. The most significant findings when comparing organic cotton to conventional are: 46% reduced global warming potential, 70% less acidification potential, 26% reduced eutrophication potential (soil erosion), 91% reduced blue water consumption, and 62% reduced primary energy demand. The study is based on data from producer groups located in the top five countries of organic cotton cultivation which account for 97% of global organic cotton production: India, China, Turkey, Tanzania, and the U.S. The analysis was funded by GOTS and 13 other Textile Exchange member organizations.
Textile Exchange Organic Cotton Report Shows Use Soaring
According to the July Textile Exchange 2013 “Organic Cotton Report,” the Top 10 organic cotton users in the world were: H&M, C&A, Puma, Nike, Decathlon, Tchibo, Coop Swiss, Target, Williams-Sonoma, and Inditex (Zara). In 2013, the amount of organic cotton the companies had to use to make it to the list increased 50% from two to three million pounds! The Top Ten organic cotton producing countries in 2013 were: India, China, Turkey, Tanzania, the U.S., Burkina Faso, Egypt, Mali, Uganda, and Peru. While there was a 21% drop in global production, that figure is likely to go down with the formation of a coalition of enthusiasts formed to push for change. Organic cotton was grown on approximately 215,133 hectares in 18 countries.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria. We are a non-profit organization and are looking for a EU representative to promote GOTS to leading brands and retailers through a relationship-based approach. The overall aim is to achieve maximum use of GOTS by brands and retailers in Europe.
GOTS IN ACTION – Upcoming Meetings and Presentations
GOTS representatives are always on the move! Please contact us if you would like to meet at any of the below events or have any questions in general.
January 13: Stakeholders’ Meeting in Ahmedabad, India. GOTS Representative in India and Bangladesh Sumit Gupta attends a Stakeholders’ Meeting January 12, 2015 organized by the Clean Clothes Campaign. Gupta is available for meetings Tuesday, January 13.
January 15-16: Green Textile Symposium in China & Asia, Guangzhou, China. GOTS China Representative Felicia Shi is attending.
January 19-21: Ethical Fashion Show Berlin, Germany. GOTS Germany/Austria/Switzerland Representative Claudia Kersten hosts a booth and gives a lecture, “Supply Chain Management and Product Safety with GOTS: Challenges and Solutions Including Relevant Changes in GOTS 4.0.“
January 24-26: Innatex, Germany GOTS Marketing Director and Germany/Austria/Switzerland Representative Claudia Kersten hosts a booth and shows the GOTS film and simple show clip.
February 2-4: Munich Fabric Start, Germany. GOTS Marketing Director and Germany/Austria/Switzerland Representative Claudia Kersten hosts a booth and gives a lecture “Supply Chain Management and Product Safety with GOTS: Challenges and Solutions including relevant changes in GOTS 4.0.”
February 20: 11th SDC International Conference in Mumbai, India. GOTS Representative in India and Bangladesh Sumit Gupta is participating, and as an honorary trustee of SDC, he has also been extensively involved in organizing this conference.
March 4-8: Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim, CA. GOTS North America Representative Sandra Marquardt is attending, holding meeting to discuss GOTS with regulators, fiber exhibitors/attendees.
March 18-20: Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Spring Edition 2015. GOTS China Representative Felicia Shi will staff the GOTS booth in the “All About Sustainability” zone.
April 14-16: Organic Trade Association’s Policy Conference., Washington, D.C. GOTS North America Representative Sandra Marquardt is attending.