Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is an internationally recognized certification standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It was developed to define globally recognized requirements which ensure the organic status of textiles — from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, to labeling, in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.
GOTS certification requires that textiles are made with at least 95% organic fiber and that the production process meets strict environmental and social criteria. This includes:
— The prohibition of the use of harmful chemicals, such as pesticides and synthetic fertilizers;
— The use of environmentally friendly processes, such as water and energy conservation;
— Fair labor practices.
The GOTS standard applies to the entire textile supply chain, including spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing. It also includes social criteria, such as ensuring that workers are paid a living wage and have safe working conditions.
The GOTS certification provides transparency and traceability throughout the entire textile supply chain, allowing consumers to make informed decisions about the products they purchase. It is recognized in over 70 countries and is widely considered to be the most comprehensive and credible certification standard for organic textiles.
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable cotton production. It was founded in 2005 by a group of leading cotton companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other stakeholders in the cotton industry.
The BCI aims to make global cotton production more sustainable by promoting more efficient water use, reducing the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, and promoting better working conditions for cotton farmers. BCI provides training and support to farmers in sustainable cotton growing practices, helping them to improve crop yields, reduce water usage and minimize the use of harmful chemicals.
BCI also encourages transparency and traceability in the cotton supply chain, helping brands and retailers to identify and source more sustainable cotton. BCI-certified cotton is traceable from the farm where it was grown to the final product, providing transparency and accountability for all stakeholders in the supply chain.
By promoting sustainable cotton production, BCI aims to reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and improve the livelihoods of cotton farmers and their communities. The initiative is now active in more than 20 countries and has trained over 2 million cotton farmers in sustainable practices.
OEKO-TEX is a globally recognized certification system for textiles and leather products that tests and certifies products to ensure they are free of harmful substances. OEKO-TEX standards were first established in 1992 and are now used by thousands of textile and leather manufacturers, brands and retailers worldwide.
The OEKO-TEX certification system is based on independent testing conducted by accredited laboratories. The testing is designed to ensure that the textiles and leather products do not contain harmful substances which could pose a risk to human health or the environment.
The OEKO-TEX certification system offers several different levels of certification, including the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX, which certifies that a product has been tested for harmful substances and found to be free from them, and the STeP by OEKO-TEX certification, which evaluates and certifies sustainable production facilities.
OEKO-TEX certification covers a wide range of products, including clothing, bedding, towels, home textiles and leather products. It is recognized and trusted by consumers worldwide as a reliable indicator of textile safety and sustainability.
By using OEKO-TEX certified products, consumers can be assured that the products they are purchasing have been tested and found to be free from harmful substances and produced sustainably. Manufacturers, brands and retailers can use the OEKO-TEX certification to demonstrate their commitment to safety, sustainability and transparency in the textile and leather industries.