GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard
Certification of organic textiles by Ecocert according to the GOTS repository. Global Organic Textile Standard repositoryGOTS) integrates all stages of textile processing : the raw fibre must be certified in organic farming and the whole process of transformation must respect environmental and social criteria.
The GOTS biological textile repository is the global reference in terms of biological fibre assessment, integrating social and ecological aspects, based on independent certification of the entire supply chain.
The purpose of this repository is to define internationally recognized requirements, ensuring the biological character of textiles since the harvesting of raw materials, as well as responsible manufacturing from a social and environmental point of view, to labelling, in order to provide a reliable guarantee to the end user. Processors and textile manufacturers must be able to export their organic fabrics and clothing with an accepted certification in all major markets.
The objective of the international working group was to reach a clear and unambiguous consensus on the content of the Global Organic Textile Standard repository itself to focus on mandatory criteria only. The repository covers the processing, manufacture, packaging, labelling, sale and distribution of all textiles composed of 70% certified organic fibres. Ultimate products include, but are not limited to: products made up of fibre, wool, fabrics, clothing and furniture fabrics. The standard does not provide a criterion for leather products.
Two levels of certification are possible depending on the composition of the product to certify
- "Biological Textiles": it imposes that 95% of the fibres are derived from organic farming (with a maximum 5% synthetic or artificial fiber).
- "Biological fiber textiles" : it imposes that 70% minimum fibre is derived from organic farming (with a maximum of 10% synthetic or artificial fibres, this threshold of 25% for socks, long underwear and sports clothing).
Criteria of the repository
In general, a company that participates in the GOTS certification program must comply with all criteria of the repository. Certification bodies use appropriate inspection methods that include, without limitation, the following key elements:
- Accounting review to verify the flow of GOTS assets (reconciliation of entries/outputs, calculation of the mass balance, traceability of lots and shipments). This is a key element of the audit for all GOTS sales and trading operations.
- Evaluation of the processing and storage system through visits to the sites concerned.
- Assessment of the separation and identification system and identification of risk zones for biological integrity
- Inspection of chemical inputs (colorants and adjuvants) and tools used, and inspection of their compliance with the applicable criteria of the GOTS repository
- Inspection of the wastewater treatment system of wet treatment systems and evaluation of their performance.
- Audit that social services are respected (possible information sources: interviews with the management team, confidential interviews with employees, personnel document, site audit, union/stakeholder).
- Verification of the risk assessment of contamination and the operator's residual analysis policy including random sampling or suspected contamination or non-compliance.
To learn more: https://www.ecocert.com/global-organic-textile-standard-gots