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Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

 
                                                                             
 
The aim of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
 
GOTS is recognized as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
 
Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. 
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Finished or processed textile products sold in the U.S. that imply or leave the consumer to believe that the final product is certified organic must meet either the USDA organic regulations or GOTS.
 
The International Working Group on a Global Organic Textile Standard is made up of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), The Soil Association (UK), International Association Natural Textile Industry (IVN)(Germany), and the Japan Organic Cotton Association.  

The Standard

The latest version 5.0 of the Global Organic Textile Standard was released March 1st, 2017, replacing Version 4.0. All GOTS companies must fully comply with Version 5.0 by March 1, 2018. 

GOTS Version 5.0 GOTS Version 4.0  Summary of Changes from Version 4.0 to 5.0 GOTS Licensing and Labeling Guide  OTA and Textile Exchange Present GOTS 4.0 Selling GOTS Goods: Info Sheet


Manual for Implementation

The Manual for Implementation is a tool that was developed by the GOTS Technical Committee to provide interpretation advice on specific GOTS criteria and the related quality assurance system. 
 
The Manual represents a flexible quality assurance tool of the Technical Committee to provide advice and clarification to the GOTS approved certifiers and users of the GOTS and can be updated as needed without going through a formal standard revision procedure. The interpretations, corrections and further clarifications as provided in this document are binding for all approved GOTS certifiers and users of the GOTS.
 

Learn More About GOTS

 

Getting Certified

Textile processing, manufacturing and trading entities can apply for certification according to GOTS. Please contact one of the following OTA-member certification agencies for getting certified:
 

Control Union USA, Inc.
Lori Wyman
(413) 824-1739

(503) 378-0690
(631) 650-4875
 
(402) 420-6080
 

Visit the GOTS Website                   Visit the Textile Exchange Website


GOTS Certified OTA Members

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Did you know that OTA members can receive an exclusive discount on GOTS certified custom organic t-shirts?


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