Wide Variety of Sectors achieved Global Organic Textile Standard Certification in the USA in 2019
Ashfield, 20th December 2019
In 2019, forty companies received certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), making a total of 113 individual companies certified to GOTS in the US. The Standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibers.
Along the textile processing stages, certification divides as follows:
The above listed companies can be looked up on the GOTS Public Database here.
Savvy consumers demand third-party validation from companies of integrity who have gone the extra mile to achieve GOTS certification promising compliance with stringent ecological and social criteria. Additionally, GOTS helps to ensure compliance with each of the seventeen United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, to achieve sustainable development.
Products may only be sold with a GOTS label if the entire supply-chain is certified and the necessary scope and transaction certificates have been obtained to prove certification. In order to guarantee consistent product assurance of GOTS certified textiles, an independent on-site inspection, according to the GOTS standard, is carried out annually by GOTS approved certifiers.
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.
The GOTS logo is available for download.
Global Organic Textile Standard