The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. It’s not always easy to obtain but it helps ensure that cotton is sourced in the most sustainable way, from seed to stitch.
Here’s everything you need to know about GOTS:
- What: All About GOTS
- Why: The Benefits of Being Certified
- How: Applying for a GOTS certification
What: All About GOTS
GOTS is a great step if you have decided to switch to organic cotton and your efforts can be supported by independent certification of the entire supply chain.
The standard aims to define the requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles. To ensure that the product really is organic and authentic, production managers should look out for manufacturers with the world’s highest certification.
From the harvesting of raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing to labelling, GOTS provides credible assurances to the end consumer and minimises your environmental footprint.
As a branding specialist, here at Weavabel, we can provide certified organic labels from global cotton farms that use water efficiently. They’re free from pesticides and use a process that reduces pollution and the harmful impact of traditional crop protection practices.
Why: The Benefits of Being Certified
A corporate social responsibility study showed what consumers really thought when it came to companies who support social and environmental issues. It was revealed that 87% of consumers have a more positive image of a company that supports social or environmental issues and would buy a product with an environmental benefit if given the opportunity.
A GOTS certification is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide. Brands can benefit from today’s increasingly environmentally conscious society and so can their consumers. The certification supports the credibility of the claims that they now come to expect.
A brand targeting the millennial customer base should get savvy when it comes to being socially and environmentally responsible. Not only does it ensure you’re doing your part for the environment but it also gains trust from consumers and builds loyalty. Lots of major brands like Zara, Gucci and Lush are already doing it.
When organically produced materials have no pesticides, farmers, factory workers and the environment aren’t at risk. When there are no harmful residues in the end product, consumers are also protected from any toxins.
Growing non-organic cotton equates for 2.6% of the world’s yearly water usage. Organic cotton uses a fraction of the water to grow since it isn’t being sprayed with pesticides. So you’re actively doing your part when it comes to minimising the environmental impact of the fashion industry.
How: Applying for a GOTS certification
An initial request and application for a GOTS certification needs to be addressed to a GOTS Approved Certification Body. The certifiers are assigned with the fulfilment of the GOTS quality assurance system and will be able to answer all your questions related to the inspection and certification procedure.
For GOTS to certify a product, the entire textile process from start to finish is monitored closely. It starts with the seed, ensuring nothing is genetically modified and that there are no chemicals or pesticides involved.
As well as processing and manufacturing criteria, GOTS also has a social criterion that you must meet to become certified. Working conditions must be safe and ethical business practices are also essential.
Accreditation can be applied according to one of, a combination of or all of the following GOTS scopes:
- Scope 1 - Certification of mechanical textile processing and manufacturing operations and their products.
- Scope 2 - Certification of wet processing and finishing operations and their products.
- Scope 3 - Certification of trading operations and related products.
- Scope 4 - Release of positive lists of chemical inputs to the chemical industry.
Packaging materials are also considered and monitored. Packaging must not contain PVC and all cardboard, papers and swing tags must be recycled, biodegradable or certified accordingly.
Now that you know everything about GOTS certified products, you should aim to work with a manufacturer uses certified processes and investing time and money to source sustainable materials. Everybody has their own role when it comes to sustainability and it starts with knowing where everything comes from throughout the production process.
Work With a GOTS Certified Manufacturer and Achieve a More Eco-Friendly Production Process
Certifications, innovative packaging solutions and a more mindful approach to sustainability all assist when it comes to being a greener brand. Partnering with a manufacturer that’s actively investing money and time into more eco-friendly materials is a good place to start - but there’s much to learn when it comes to the production process.
Contact a member of our team today to find out more.