GOTS CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON
The Global Organic Textile Standard
(GOTS) is recognised as the world's
leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. GOTS is the standard setter for organic textile certification globally (this is 'top shelf' stuff!).
GOTS was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters - International Association Natural Textile Industry (IVN), Germany; Soil Association (SA), England; Organic Trade Association (OTA), USA; Japan Organic Cotton Association (JOCA), Japan.
The main purpose behind GOTS has been to define organic textile requirements that are recognized world-wide. These requirements ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labeling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.
The Soil Association is pleased to announce the ‘Have you Cottoned On Yet?’ initiative, the first of its kind to promote organic cotton on a global scale.“Have You Cottoned On Yet?” That’s the question Peter Melchett, policy director of the Soil Association, asked textile-industry leaders at the Sustainable Textiles Conference in Hong Kong last year. Echoing the slogan of the U.K. nonprofit’s latest campaign, which it launched in partnership with the Global Organic Textile Standard, Melchett urged manufacturers and retailers to address the economic and social damage associated with conventional cotton farming and processing.
Up to 80 percent of the world’s cotton currently comes from genetically modified crops, according to the “Have You Cottoned On Yet?” initiative, the first of its kind to promote organic cotton on a global scale. In India, the world’s second-biggest cotton producer, 95 percent of seed is controlled by a single company: Monsanto.