The GOTS label

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What is the GOTS label?

The GOTS Label "Global Organic Standard" has existed since 2006 in the industry and trade sectors. He is recognized as a global reference. This is the most complete certification in organic textiles.

It guarantees:

- A biological quality textiles from raw material harvesting to labeling to provide a reliable warranty to the consumer

- A responsible manufacturing from an environmental point of view

- production steps respecting and improving social conditions of workers.

All GOTS certified products offer a textile production guarantee responsible for a health, ecological and social point of view.

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What certifies the GOTS label?

Health
The GOTS label certifies a cultivation of cotton, flax or hemp without insecticide, pesticide and GMO. It guarantees the absence of allergenic, carcinogenic and health products.

Ecology
A reduction of 50% water with organic cotton compared to conventional cotton throughout the manufacturing chain. A healthy ecological dye, without money laundering using heavy metals such as lead or chrome which represent a substantial source of integration for the planet.

Social
The GOTS label guarantees working conditions and decent wages for peasants and employees by promoting fair trade.

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The rules to be respected

Environmental rules

Only textile products that contain at least 70% organic certified fibers can be certified by the GOTS label. They must be assessed and must comply with a certain number of rules on toxicity and biodegradability.

Social rules

The transformers and manufacturers of the textile industry must meet the social criteria set by the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO). This implies decent remuneration, correct working hours or the formal ban on working children.

The rules of toxicity and biodegradability

All chemical materials must meet several environmental and toxicological criteria. Inputs such as aromatic or halogenated solvents, chlorophenol, deersifs, formaldehyde, fungicides or biocides, functional nanoparticles, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their enzymes are categorically prohibited. Heavy metals as well as azo dyes releasing carcinogenic amino components are banished. Printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited. Singling agents must be based on oxygen and not chlorine. PVC, nickel and chrome are prohibited. Since 2014, all polyesters must be recyclable. Regarding biodegradability, all stakeholders in the supply chain must follow an environmental policy including objectives and procedures aimed at minimizing waste and discharges. The materials used for packaging should in no case contain PVC. All papers and boxes used in packaging or labels must be recyclable or FSC or PEFC certified.

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Natural and organic fiber

What is a natural fiber?

A natural fiber is made from materials from nature: cotton, flax, hemp, wool, etc. A natural fiber is not necessarily a biological fiber because it can be subject to chemical treatments in the manufacturing process.

What is a organic fiber?

An organic fiber is always composed of natural fiber. It is cultivated without insecticides, pesticides, or GMOs. Compost or manure are used as organic fertilizers instead.