Our Tees are GOTS certified

Our Tees are GOTS certified

What it takes to be GOTS certified

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world's leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including environmental and social criteria, backed by independent certifications of the entire textile supply chain. The aim of the standard is to define globally recognized requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the end user. Textile processors and manufacturers should be able to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.

The consensus of the International Working Group was that a clear and unambiguous understanding of the content required the Global Organic Textile Standard itself to focus on compulsory criteria only. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, dyeing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibers. 

Fiber production

- Organic certification of fibers on the basis of recognized international or national standards (e.g. EEC 834/2007, USDA NOP)

- Certification of fibers from conversion period is possible if the applicable farming standard permits such certification

- A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers.

Environmental Criteria

- At all processing stages organic fibre products must be separated from conventional fibre products and must be clearly identified

- All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/limitability

- Ban on critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes

- The use of synthetic sizing agents is restricted; knitting and weaving oils must not contain heavy metals

- Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching)

- Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited

- Discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited

- Restrictions for accessories (e.g. no PVC, nickel or chrome permitted, all polyester must be post-consumer recycled from 2014 onwards)

- All operators must have an environmental policy including target goals and procedures to minimize waste and discharges

- Wet-processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and waste water treatment, including the disposal of sludge. The waste water from all wet-processing units must be treated in a functional waste water treatment plant

- Packaging material must not contain PVC. From 1 January 2014 onwards, any paper or cardboard used in packaging material, hang tags, swing tags etc. must be post-consumer recycled or certified in accordance with FSC or PEFC

Technical Quality and Human Toxicity Criteria

- Technical quality parameters must be met (such as rubbing, perspiration, light and washing fastness and shrinkage values)

- Raw materials, intermediates, final textile products as well as accessories must meet stringent limits in regard to unwanted residues

Minimum Social Criteria

All processors and manufacturers must meet minimum social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organization (ILO). They must implement social compliance management with defined elements to ensure that the social criteria can be met. The applicable key conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) must be used as the relevant basis for interpretation for adequate implementation and assessment of the following social criteria topics.


Certification of the entire textile supply chain

- Fibre producers (farmers) must be certified according to a recognized international or national organic farming standard that is accepted in the country where the final product will be sold

- Certifiers of fibre producers must be internationally recognized according to ISO 65 and/or IFOAM accreditation. They also must be accredited to certify according to the applicable fibre standard

- Operators from post-harvest handling up to garment making and traders have to undergo an annual on-site inspection cycle and must hold a valid GOTS operational certificate applicable for the production / trade of the textiles to be certified

- Certifiers of processors, manufacturers and traders must be internationally accredited according to ISO 65 and must hold a ‘GOTS accreditation’ in accordance with the rules as defined in the ‘Approval Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies’


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