The Consortium of Green Fashion (CGF) in India recently presented awards in five categories: Industry, Designer, NGO, Student Competition and Best Paper. The award presented to GOTS in the NGO category was an appreciation for global activities in the field of promoting textiles produced from organic fibres, processed in environmentally and socially responsible ways. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in India accepted the award on behalf of GOTS on 6th of April 2013 at the Lalit, Mumbai.
The award function was organised along with a very interesting Green Fashion Show as a grand culmination of a national level competition of Green Fashion Design. It was preceded by a conference with focus on sustainability in textiles. This CGF initiative was well received by top institutes as well as top fashion industries.
Bombay Rayon Fashions Ltd, Madura Lifestyle and Fashion, Polygenta, Laxmipathy Sarees were among the conference partners.
CGF is a one of a kind initiative by Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha’s School of Fashion Technology (SOFT) & DyStar-India, Navi Mumbai. They aim to create a platform for exchange of ideas, information & sustainable practices making Green Fashion as the only choice of present & future. It was formed on international level, to bring about the confluence of Fair Practices in international and national fashion business. It is purely meant for increasing ecological awareness in Textile and Fashion Industry that continuously facilitates research and promotes “Green Fashion”, “Fair Fashion” and “Responsible Fashion” that aims to reach the grass root level to strengthen that particular stratum of industry which ultimately leads to healthy fashion.
Mr. Steven Jesseph (International Compliance Group,USA), Mr. Manish Mandhana (Mandhana Industries Ltd) and Mr. Rahul Mehta (Creative Casual India Pvt Ltd) were the Key Note Speakers in the conference. Other sessions related to Sustainability, Compliance, Upcycling, Water conservation, Energy Conservation and Waste Management were presented by a series of distinguished speakers.
To promote Green Fashion and to acknowledge Green Initiatives of Industries, NGO’s and Designers, the applications were invited from various national and international organizations.
The following best initiatives were awarded at the time of CGF Award evening:
The best Green Initiative – Industry award was given to – Alok Industry, Polygenta, Welspun, Mehershaw.
The Best Green Initiative – NGO Award- was given to GOTS and Conserve.
The Best Green Initiative – Designer Award- was given to Mr. Rahul Mishra and Mr. Philippe Werhahn.
Leading organizations like Greenpeace International and Swiss Olympics have adopted GOTS as the gold standard for their natural fibre product procurement policies.
Greenpeace International, known for its intense scrutiny of the international textile industry’s processing practices as part of its Detox Campaign, announced its cotton-based “Textile procurement policy” on October 12, 2012.
It calls for all cotton-based textiles purchased by Greenpeace International (including T-shirts, sweatshirts, trousers, and bags that can be used by volunteers, activists, or staff within the organization), to be made from 100% organic, fair-trade raw materials and to have GOTS or equivalent certification.
Swiss Olympic, the umbrella organization for the Swiss sporting associations and National Olympic Committee announced its “Guideline on Textiles” in 2011 and updated the guideline in 2017. The German language versions of the guideline "Richtlinie Bekleidung genähte Produkte" and further detailed information "Informationen Richtlinien" are also available for download. The policy calls for products containing more than 75% natural fibres to be certified according to GOTS or an equivalent. It also calls for factories to be in “low-risk” countries or be certified to SA 8000 labour standards, and the natural fibres must be certified to the FLO Fair Trade Standard or the equivalent.
In addition, the the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defence Council highlights GOTS in its discussion of how textiles companies are reducing their impacts on the environment. The organization notes that “GOTS standards are also crossing over to conventional clothing. As companies attempt to get a handle on their suppliers and maintain quality control, the list of environmental criteria is coming in handy. While consumers won't see a GOTS tag on conventional cotton jeans, some companies are asking suppliers to use only GOTS-certified dyes and chemicals on conventional cotton clothing.”
The number of facilities becoming certified to GOTS increased 11 percent to surpass the 3000 mark in 2012, growing from 2,714 facilities in 2011 to 3,016 facilities in 2012, according to new data from the GOTS International Working Group. Please see the below press releases for the globe and with addtional region specific facts for more information.
New version 4.0 released:
New assessment of improved regenerated and synthetic fibres
Large 2013 increase of GOTS certified companies in Europe
In order to create more awareness among Indian Textile Industry and consumers about the need and benefits of using organic fibres as well as environmentally and socially responsible textile production systems the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is participating as an official supporter in Biofach India 2012, to be held in Bangalore from 29th November to 1st December 2012. All exhibitors and visitors to BioFach India are cordially invited to meet with our Representative, Sumit Gupta, at Booth N° A-17.
Please read the organiser’s pre event write-up and visit the website www.biofach-india.com for all related information about the show
Please be invited to the Biofach Japan at Tokyo Big Sight exibition centre GOTS und JOCA booth (East Hall 5-23) and to the Organic Textile Street Panel Discussion by JOCA & GOTS "Organic Cotton is our future" with Kazuhiko Mori, Chieko Watanabe and Yoshiko Ikoma on 22. Nov, 1:30 pm at Room 1 (East Hall 1).