Turkish born artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the first Australian Artist to be making Certified Organic Textile Art and is certified by NASAA (National Association Sustainable Agriculture, Australia) and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).
Kuvan-Mills is inspired by Australian sustainable, organic agriculture and has dedicated her artistic practice to reflecting her thoughts about the environment and conservation.
Shirley owns a master degree in Communications & International Tourism from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Before joining GOTS, Shirley worked with H&K Strategies China as CSR Specialist and for the UN Global Compact Network China as Vice Director of the Public Relations Department. Having worked closely with Chinese companies and multinational subsidiaries, Shirley has vast experience in strategic planning, coordination and execution of CSR projects for businesses.
Upon invitation to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit conference in May organized by the Scandinavian fashion industry’s social and environmental initiative NICE, GOTS investigated government policy options for a sustainable fashion industry together with other stakeholder organizations and high ranking EU officials.
... in chemicals and related quality assurance measures in GOTS
The findings of the investigations launched by Greenpeace in their Dirty Laundry reports, as part of the current Detox campaign, demonstrate the urgent need to eliminate the use of hazardous chemical inputs in the manufacturing of textiles such as Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs).
As widely reported in the U.S. media, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a policy memorandum in May 2011 on ‘Labelling of textiles that contain organic ingredients’. The memo clarifies that labelling of textile products as ‘organic’ requires both the use of textile fibres produced and certified under the National Organic Program (NOP) as well as full third-party certification of the final product. Because the NOP criteria are difficult to apply to processing of textiles, the USDA explicitly recognises the GOTS certification labelling grade ‘organic’ as meeting this new requirement. In regard to ‘made with organic’, NOP Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy later clarified that ‘made with organic’ is also a codified labelling category under NOP (as it is under GOTS). Accordingly, it may only be used for textile products that are made with at least 70% NOP-certified organic fibres and fully certified NOP or GOTS.