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Organic Cotton (GOTS)

Organic Cotton (GOTS)

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was established by two organic organisations and two textile organisations in 2006 with the intention of harmonising existing international organic textile standards. This standard stipulates requirements throughout the supply chain for both ecological and labour conditions in textile and apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials. GOTS covers all aspects of the production of all natural fibres of organic status including textile processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling , exportation, importation and distribution.

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Standard Summary

  • 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.

  • A functional wastewater treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with social criteria.

  • On-site audits are required and certification is valid for 1 year.

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