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Monday, February 22, 2016

Organic Fabrics and Standards

Are you interested in organic fibers, fabrics, and apparel?

First of all, what is organic clothing?

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment.  Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.  Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.  In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.  All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.

How are organic fabric standards created?

Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.

The Global Organic Textile Standard International Working Group is comprised of four reputed member organizations, namely OTA (USA), IVN (Germany), Soil Association (UK) and JOCA (Japan), which contribute to the GOTS, together with further international stakeholder organizations and experts, their respective expertise in organic farming and environmentally and socially responsible textile processing.

Starting point of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) development was the Intercot Conference 2002 in Düsseldorf (Germany), where a workshop was launched with representatives of organic cotton producers, the textile industry, consumers as well as standard organizations and certifiers who discussed the need for a harmonized and world-wide recognized organic textile standard.  At that time numerous different standards and draft standards existed in the niche market of organic textiles.  The different standards caused confusion with (the few) producers, retailers and consumers who were interested in this field and they were an obstacle to international exchange and recognition of organic textiles.

As a concrete result of the workshop the International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (IWG) was founded with the aim to continuously work on harmonization of the various regional approaches and to develop a set of Global Standards.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (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 fibres 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.  The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarized in their general description section.


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