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Bio Gots

What’s the aim of the GOTS logo ?

As a consumer, the GOTS logos guarantee that products based on textile fibres answers a certain amount of environmental and human well-being conditions.
To guarantee the organic quality of these products, each actor of the textile industry must apply to a series of criteria that have been defined independently and that are recognised worldwide.

What is certified ?

The GOTS standard cover all of the journey of a based textile fibre product : from the production, transformation, wrapping, labelling to the distribution.
All products composed of fibres, wool, fabric, clothing and furnishing fabrics are included.
There are two levels of certification :

  • The GOTS « organic » guarantees a product composed of 95% of certified organic fibres.
  • The GOTS “made with organic materials” guarantees a product composed of 70 to 94% of certified organic fibres.

What are the criteria’s ?

The standard revolves around two principal poles : ecology and human well-being :

  • Prohibition of use of dangerous chemical substances as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes..
  • All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meeting basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/eliminability
  • Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching)
  • Packaging material must not contain PVC. Paper or cardboard used in packaging material, hang tags, swing tags etc. must be recycled or certified according to FSC or PEFC
  • Working conditions must be are safe and hygienic.
  • All the polyesters must be recyclable after use.
  • Employment is freely chosen, no child labour, no discrimination is practised, Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited. Living wages, working hours are note excessive.

Guarantees

Only products that have been certified by conforming to all the different requirements can be labelled GOTS.
Certified organisations monitor that certified companies comply with all the requirements of the standard by making audits and analysis.