GOTS participated as an Exhibitor in Heimtextil India, held in New Delhi, India from 25-27 June, 2015. The GOTS information booth witnessed high level interest and a large number of trade visitors. GOTS remains pledged to increasing awareness about certified organic textiles in home textiles. GOTS Representative in India Mr. Sumit Gupta explained about GOTS to visitors, which included Indian and foreign trade visitors, comprising of suppliers, buyers and other industry professionals.Organiser’s write up on the exhibition can be read here.
GOTS was also the ‘Knowledge Partner’ for ‘Seminar on Sustainability’, held on 26th June, 2015. The seminar focused on the future of Sustainable Home textiles. It gathered representatives from across India which provided them the opportunity to share their deep knowledge and experiences about the sustainable practices being followed in home textiles sector. The highlight of the seminar was the panel discussion entitled ‘Sustainability from Fibre to Textile – Challenges and Way Forward’ moderated by Mr. Sumit Gupta, which offered a great opportunity for the audience to discuss the issues related to sustainability to further increase their understanding of the subject. Organiser’s write up on the seminar can be read here.
In July 2015 GOTS Marketing Director Ms. Claudia Kersten conducted the annual GOTS workshop for the students of the course “M.A. Sustainability in Fashion”, ESMOD University, Berlin, Germany together with GOTS Deputy Technical Director Mr. Sumit Gupta.
The topics discussed included sustainable fibres like organic cotton, organic wool, recycled polyester etc and the eco-friendly processing techniques. Ms. Kersten also spoke about enhanced focus of international brands for organic textiles and the business case for sustainability. Mr. Gupta briefly spoke about some technical aspects with respect to GOTS standard.
In the interactive set up, students asked various questions and raised their points related to sustainability, GOTS, and also learned how they can progress in own respective projects in line with the global sustainability trends.
The workshop was organized by Rolf Heimann, ESMOD University.
GOTS Representative for Greater China Felicia Shi presented at the booth in "All About Sustainability Zone" at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics - Autumn Edition 2015, China. GOTS also led a 1.5 hour seminar about Organic Textiles and Its Certification where firstly Felicia spoke about the overview of organic textiles and its trend, as well as GOT programmes as the comprehensive rules for ecological and socially responsible textile production. Followed by Felicia's speech, Stéphanie DUPAS, Textile Certification Manager for Ecocert Greenlife, and Siwei Yang, Senior Auditor for Control Union China respectively introduced the GOTS certification programmes and its certification procedures, as well as its differences to other standards.
The presentations attracted a large audience and stimulated further enquiries and discussions afterwards at GOTS booth. One participant said, "this seminar provided with a very good opportunity for us to learn the demand and trend for organic textiles and to understand its differences to other standards."
A highlighted observation from this fair was that there has been growing interests and enquires for organic textiles which indicates the further boom in this industry.
North America GOTS Representative Sandra Marquardt and GOTS Technical Committee Representative Gwendolyn Wyard (Organic Trade Association Senior Director, Regulatory and Technical Affairs) presented about GOTS at the recent Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland. Also speaking at the seminar were Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) President Jimmy Wedel, Textile Exchange Ambassador Karla Magruder, GOTS-certified MetaWear President Marci Zaroff, and Joe Dickson, Senior Global Quality Standards Coordinator for Whole Foods Market which is developing an internal textile policy prioritizing GOTS-certification.
After the presentation, the group met with the new US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program Director of the Standards Division and discussed revisions to USDA’s 2011 Organic Textile Memorandum.
Sandra and Gwendolyn also took part in an Organic Trade Association meeting of its new Fiber Council which discussed educational outreach and research opportunities for the year. Also attending were the Specialty Sleep Association, certifier Oregon Tilth, representatives of TOCMC and GOTS-certified Maggie’s Organic, MetaWear, and Naturepedic, as well as MOM’s Organic Market which is finalizing a policy to require GOTS for all its textile products, soon becoming the first company in the U.S. to institute such a policy. Marquardt then went to the show floor to visit the booth of GOTS-certified women’s apparel brand Synergy Organic Clothing.
Sandra will next present about GOTS at Texworld in New York City on January 25, 2016.
Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) organized its 27thAIMS Annual Management Education Convention 2015. It was held in Indore, India from 25thto 27thAugust, 2015.
GOTS Representative in India & Bangladesh Mr. Sumit Gupta was invited to the event as a speaker. He spoke about “Use of Standards as a Sustainability Management Tool”, with the example of GOTS. In his presentation, he spoke about basic features of GOTS, The business case for sustainability (competitive advantages through sustainability); and Overlap of sustainability related competitive strategies and standards.
His presentation was followed by interactive session where audience asked many interesting questions about organic textiles and also concerning sustainability in general, including water saving and organic tobacco. The audience comprised of industry, academics and a large number of MBA students.