What is the GOTS label?
It ensures :
- A biological quality of the textiles since the harvest from raw materials to labeling to offer a reliable guarantee to the consumer
- A environmentally responsible manufacture
- Production stages that respect and improve the social conditions of the workers.
All GOTS-certified products offer a guarantee of textile production responsible from a health, ecological and social point of view.
What does the GOTS label certify?
The GOTS label certifies the cultivation of cotton, linen or hemp without insecticide, pesticide and GMO. It guarantees the absence of products allergens, carcinogens and health hazards.
A 50% reduction of water with the organic cotton compared to conventional cotton throughout the production chain. Ecologically sound dyeing without metal bleaching heavy metals such as lead or chromium which represent a significant source of pollution for the planet.
The GOTS label guarantees working conditions and decent wages for farmers and employees by promoting fair trade.
Rules to be respected
Only textile products that contain at least 70% of certified organic fibres can be certified by the GOTS label. They must be evaluated and must comply with a number of rules on toxicity and biodegradability.
The processors and manufacturers of the textile industry must respect the social criteria set by the standards of the International Organization du Travail (ILO). This implies lower pay, shorter working hours, and The right of children to be employed or the formal prohibition of child labor.
The rules of toxicity and biodegradability
All chemical materials must meet several criteria environmental and toxicological. Inputs such as aromatic solvents or halogens, chlorophenol, detergents, formaldehyde, fungicides or biocides, functional nanoparticles, genetically modified organisms, etc. (GMOs) and their enzymes are categorically prohibited. Metals as well as azo dyes releasing amino components. carcinogens are banned. Printing methods using aromatic solvents and the plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited. Bleaching agents must be at based on oxygen and not chlorine. PVC, nickel and chrome are prohibited. From 2014, all polyesters must be recyclable. Concerning biodegradability, all actors in the supply chain must follow a policy including objectives and procedures to minimize the impact on the environment. waste and rejects. Materials used for packaging must in no case contain PVC. All paper and cardboard used in packaging or labels must be recyclable or certified FSC or PEFC.
Natural and organic fiber
What is a natural fiber?
A natural fiber is manufactured from materials from nature: cotton, linen, hemp, wool, etc. A natural fiber is not necessarily a biological fiber because it can be subjected to chemical treatments in the process of manufacturing.
What is an organic fiber?
A biological fiber is always composed of natural fiber. It is cultivated without insecticides, pesticides or GMOs. Compost or manure is used as organic fertilizer instead.