The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling and garment decoration in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Key criteria for processing and manufacturing GOTS certified products include:
Social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) must be met by all processors and manufacturers. They must have a social compliance management with defined elements in place to ensure that the social criteria can be met. Including the follows aspects;
The Soil Association is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. The certification arm of the charity is the UK’s largest organic certification body and works with over 6,000 businesses to become organic and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved. This is run as a not for profit company that as well as helping to deliver parts of the Charity’s strategy also generates financial returns that are ploughed back into the Charity’s wider work.
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for textile and garment workers. FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it works with. And through sharing expertise, social dialogue and strengthening industrial relations, FWF increases the effectiveness of the efforts made by companies.
Oeko – Tex
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Class II is a globally uniform testing and certification system applying to raw materials used in textiles, intermediate and end products, at all stages of production.
Textile products may be certified according to OEKO-TEX¨ Standard 100 only if all components meet the required criteria without exception.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. It’s about supporting the development of thriving farming and worker communities that have more control over their futures and protecting the environment in which they live and work.
The Fairtrade Mark means that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards. These standards include protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects.
In the case of cotton, the Fairtrade Foundation will only certify small-scale farmer organisations, to give them a realistic opportunity in the global market. Working through democratic organisations of small-scale farmers, Fairtrade offers rural families the stability of income which enables them to plan for the future.
Made from tree pulp, generally eucalyptus trees, that are grown on sustainably run farms certified by the FSC (Forest Sterwardship Council). Benefits include the traceable and sustainable origin, the use of non-toxic chemicals and solvents in processing, high-strength properties due to the high-tenacity cellulose fibre, and the beautifully soft, silky finish of the fabric.
Another regenerated cellulose fibre, this time from sustainably cultivated forest plantations of beech wood trees. Benefits similar to Tencel in terms of sustainability and use of non-toxic chemicals in processing, also a soft touch fabric which doesn’t crease.
A recycled polyester yarn that comes from recycles PET bottles. 1kg of fabric requires approximately 35 bottles.
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