For those who are new to the meaning of GOTS certification, in short it is the global standard for the organic processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles.
This helpful GOTS graphic below explains how organic vs non-organic cotton farming for textile production impacts all our health - from the cotton farmers, to the factory workers and to us as the consumer.
It is shocking to learn that there are 100 million cotton farmers in 80 countries across the globe, and each year 77 million farmers suffer poisoning from pesticides. Aside from the health concerns to farmers, there are also issues for our skin as we wear fabrics that contain toxic colour dyes and flame retardants that have the potential to be absorbed and trigger allergies, rashes and respiratory problems.
GOTS - certified organic means that every step of the cotton textile process way is organic - from the soil the cotton seed is planted in, to the harvesting of the cotton, to the manufacturing of the fabric, to the colour dyes and the swing tags. It’s all organic certified.
GOTS certification also ensures that manufacturers meet the key social criteria upheld by the International Labour Organisation’s, such as to protect workers’ rights, pay fair wages and ensure healthy and safe workplace environments and practices, ensuring there is no forced labour and no child labour.
If you’d like to learn more about GOTS, please visit the official website here.