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GOTS

Global Organic Textile Standard

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers worldwide including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. It defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers can become certified according to GOTS. All chemical inputs s.a. dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria and also the choice of accessories is limited under ecological aspects. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with social minimum criteria.

 KEY CRITERIA FOR FIBRE PRODUCTION
 1  Organic certification of fibres on basis of recognized international or national  standards
 2  Certification of fibres from conversion period is possible if the applicable  farming standard permits such certification
 3  A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a  minimum of 95% certified organic fibres
 whereas a  product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified  organic fibres

 

 KEY CRITERIA FOR PROCESSING & MANUFACTURING AS PER GOTS
 Environmental
Criteria
1.  At all stages through the processing organic fibre  products must be separated from conventional
     fibre products & clearly identified
2.  Prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals  etc
3.  The use of synthetic sizing agents is restricted
4.  Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine  bleaching)
5.  Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds  are prohibited
6.  Discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and  plastisol printing methods using
     phthalates and PVC are prohibited
7.  Restrictions for accessories
8.  All operators must have an environmental policy including  target goals and procedures to
     minimise waste and discharges
9.  Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of  chemicals, energy, water consumption
     and waste water treatment including disposal of sludge
10. Packaging material must not contain PVC
 Technical Quality
and Human
Toxicity Criteria
1.  Technical quality parameters must be met (rubbing,  perspiration, light and washing fastness and
     shrinkage values)
2.  Raw materials, intermediates, final textile products as  well as accessories must meet stringent limits
     regarding unwanted residues
 Minimum
Social Criteria
  1. Employment is freely chosen
  2. Freedom of association and the right to collective  bargaining are respected
  3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  4. Living wages
  5. Regular employment is provided & Working hours are not  excessive
  6. No discrimination & harsh or inhumane treatment is  practiced

 

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