Important changes are weaving their way into the realm of organic textiles. Historically, this sector of the organic industry has gone unregulated, as participants in it have struggled to decide upon a set of standards that are consistent with other organic standards and also take into account the unique conditions within which the organic textile sector operates.
After much debate, consensus has emerged around the notion of a unified organic textile standard. The product of an international working group, whose members include the Organic Trade Association (USA), the Soil Association (United Kingdom), the International Association Natural Textile Industry (Germany), and the Japan Organic Cotton Association, the Global Organic Textile Standard (more commonly referred to as GOTS) sets forth criteria to ensure the integrity of organic textiles. Covering the production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, exportation, importation and distribution of all organic fibers, GOTS provides clear guidance on the proper processing and handling of organic textiles. And in so doing, it provides you, the end consumer, with credible assurance that the organic fiber products, yarns, fabrics and clothing you buy meet the high standards you have come to expect from/in all organic products.
How can you be sure that the organic textiles you buy are, indeed, organic? Be on the lookout for the GOTS logo.
To learn more about GOTS, visit http://www.global-standard.org/.