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At Nature's Kids, we get asked by customers "what is GOTS", and why is it different from "made with organic". The GOTS website states: "The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain."
Did you know that GOTS consists of 4 main member organisations, including OTA (USA), IVN (Germany), Soil Association (UK) and JOCA (Japan), and a number of international stakeholders?
Their aim is to define a worldwide standard for the organic status of textiles. This includes the harvesting of raw materials, environmental manufacturing, and socially responsible manufacturing. An example is a textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres.
For our company, a very important element of the GOTS certification is to do with labour. This includes, safe places to work, no child labour, a living wage, no excessive working hours, no discrimination, regular employment, and no forced labour.
Those companies which produce GOTS clothing, have regular inspections at all levels of the processes. If as consumers we can take control of what we buy, and ensure that we are thinking not just about the way something looks, but the impact that product has on all levels, then hopefully we can begin to make a difference.
You can find out more at the below website.