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Global Organic Textile Standard

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COMPREHENSIVE RULES FOR ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TEXTILE PRODUCTION

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed with the aim to unify the various existing standards and draft standards in the field of eco textile processing and to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. Processors and manufacturers shall be enabled to supply their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all mayor selling markets.

Basic Features:

  • GOTS requires the use of certified organic fibres.
  • GOTS provides both demanding environmental and social criteria
  • GOTS criteria are applicable to all processing stages
  • GOTS certification must base on independent on-site inspections

http://www.global-standard.org

Learn more: Global Organic Textile Standard websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with Global Organic Textile Standard's standard is verified by an independent organization (third party) following ISO / IEC Guide 65 Product Certification, International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies (IROCB)

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Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

Name

Global Standard GmbH

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Type

Other

Also manages

None.

Organization type: International Working Group of Standard Organizations (industry associations)


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Year ecolabel est. 2006

Classification | Who, what, where

Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Textiles


Where this ecolabel is found
Australia Austria Canada Denmark Finland France Germany Italy Japan Korea, Republic of Netherlands Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom United States



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Last updated: 20 January 2012