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GOTS Press Release +++ Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) tops 100 certified companies in the USA

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Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) tops 100 certified companies in the USA

Press Release 
Ashfield, 30th September 2019
                                                                                                                                             

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is pleased to announce that there are now more than 100 individual companies in the United States certified to GOTS, with upward tendency. Canada now has eight and Mexico three companies certified to the program. Concomitantly, facilities benefit from GOTS third-party verification through its organic fiber claim, safe textile processes, and compliance with stringent social criteria. The GOTS public database allows consumers and retailers to search for GOTS certified products and companies.

According to the GOTS Annual Report 2018:

  • Worldwide, there were 5,760 GOTS certified facilities reported - an increase of 14.6% from 5,024 facilities in 2017.
  • The number of workers reported in GOTS certified facilities grew to over 2.02 million (1.84 million in 2017) worldwide.
  • GOTS certification achieved 25% growth in North America from 2017 to 2018.

Use of the GOTS logo or reference to GOTS certification may only be made if the conditions of the GOTS Licensing and Labelling Guide are met. To inform consumers how a correct GOTS label must look like, GOTS has published free ads with Security Advices for retailers and consumers for newspapers, magazines, and bloggers who want to support GOTS.

About GOTS: GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing) of apparel and home textiles made with certified organic fibre (such as organic cotton and organic wool), and includes both environmental and social criteria. Key provisions include a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), highly hazardous chemicals (such as azo dyes and formaldehyde), and child labour, while requiring strong social compliance management systems and strict waste water treatment practices. GOTS was developed by leading international standard setters - Organic Trade Association (U.S.), Japan Organic Cotton Association, International Association Natural Textile Industry (Germany), and Soil Association (UK) to define globally-recognised requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from field to finished product. 
GOTS is a non-profit organisation which is self-financed. For more information please see www.global-standard.org and follow @globalorganictextilestandard on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.  ###

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Lori Wyman
Representative in North America
                    

GOTS
Global Organic Textile Standard

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