Global Organic Textile Standard
The Global Organic Textile Standard - GOTS is recognised as the worlds leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. This includes regulations for both organic production and social responsibility.
GOTS take responsibility for the environment and for our children and the people making our products.
The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to
provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.
The consensus of the Founding Organizations was that a clear and unambiguous understanding of the content required that the Global Standard itself focuses on compulsory criteria only. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing,
packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres. The final products may include, but are not limited to fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles.
The standard does not set criteria for leather products.
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.
OCS (Organic Content Standard)
This standard is used on products with mixed materials, i.e. textile products with cotton and linen mixed.
Only textiles can become GOTS certified, when the organic cotton textiles are mixed with other textiles that are not cotton and the cotton fibre in the product is less than 70%,
it becomes OCS certified.
The production facilities are the same as GOTS and the social responsibility criteria are the same.
ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS ARE PRODUCTS THAT DO NOT HARM THE ENVIRONMENT WHETHER IN THEIR PRODUCTION,
USE OR DISPOSAL. IN OTHER WORDS THESE PRODUCTS HELP PRESERVE
THE ENVIRONMENT BY SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCING THE POLLUTION THEY COULD PRODUCE.
THE EARTH FRIENDLY FLAX PLANT
FLAX, THE PLANT FROM WHICH LINEN IS MADE, IS EXTREMELY VERSATILE. EVERY PART OF THE PLANT
HAS TRADITIONALLY BEEN USED TO CREATE A WORTHWHILE PRODUCT – NOTHING IS WASTED,
FLAX IS RESILIENT AND CAN GROW IN POOR SOIL USING FAR LESS WATER IN ITS CONSUMPTION THAN COTTON.
BECAUSE OF THE LABORIOUS TIME IT TAKES TO PRODUCE LINEN YARN AND THE MANUAL PROCESSES THAT HAVE TO
BE UNDERTAKEN LINEN HAS BECOME A HIGHER PRICED COMMODITY
AND CONSIDERED AMONG MANY TO BE A “LUXURY” FABRIC.
LINEN IS ONE OF THE MOST BIODEGRADABLE FABRICS IN FASHION HISTORY.
WHEN UNTREATED ( I.E. NOT DYED), IT IS FULLY BIODEGRADABLE.
IT´S NATURAL COLOURS INCLUDE IVORY, ECRU, TAN AND GREY.
RECYCLING IS THE PROCESS OF CONVERTING WASTE MATERIALS
INTO NEW MATERIALS AND OBJECTS.
RECYCLING CAN PREVENT THE WASTE OF POTENTIALLY USEFULL MATERIALS
AND REDUCE THE CONSUMPTION OF FRESH RAW MATERIALS,
THEREBY REDUCING ENERGY USAGE, AIR POLLUTION AND WATER POLLUTION.
THIS CAN BE USED ON MANY MATERIALS,
SUCH AS PAPER, TEXTILES AND GLASS, TO NAME A FEW.