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Soil Association Report: Organic Cotton Helps Feed the World

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54


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.

Read the press release here: www.soilassociation.org


Textile Exchange Organic Cotton Report Shows Use Soaring

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54


Textile Exchange Logo 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.

Download the press release here: textileexchange.org



Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54


IFOAM logo 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 establishing other national organic textile processing standards.

For more information, please visit: www.ifoam.org


New LCA from TE: Organic Cotton Proven to Cause Less Environmental Damage than Conventional Cotton

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54


The LCA of Organic Cotton Fiber Cover 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.

Read more and download report here


Job Opportunity: GOTS EU Representative (Brands)

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

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GOTS EU Representative (Brands)

Location: Europe

Job Description

Reports to: Marketing Director

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.

Key responsibilities:
- Establish, develop and maintain relationships with companies in the EU which are current and prospective GOTS users
- Hold webinars, make telephone calls and in-person visits and presentations to those companies
- Research sources for developing prospective companies and information to determine their potential
- Analyse the EU market’s potential
- Provide the management with oral and written reports on respective companies’ needs, problems, interests and activities regarding other standard systems
- Participate in relevant exhibitions and conventions

Job Requirements:
- Long-time experience in the European Apparel Sector (retirees welcome)
- Contacts with decision makers of leading brands and retailers.
- Knowledge of relevant European languages
- Proven problem solving skills and ability to work result-orientated
- Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
- Willingness to travel
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in the position please email your resume and cover letter to

Why GOTS Fact Sheets

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

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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.

Download Why GOTS - How Official Bodies, Organisations and Institutions support the Global Organic Textile Standard

Download Why GOTS - How Companies Benefit with GOTS Certifcation

Download Why GOTS - How Consumers Benefit from the Global Organic Textile Standard

Download Why GOTS - Why GOTS Meets Legal Requirements and Demands of NGO's