n. GOTS |ˌgäts |
1 (acronym) Global Organic Textile Standard: "the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well."
What in GOTS name does GOTS-certified mean, anyway?
Our founder was actually part of the group of experts that helped to establish the Global Organic Textile Standard. A finished textile must be made up of at least 70% organic fiber to be GOTS-certified. What makes GOTS so special is that is does not ONLY require the usage of organic fiber, it goes above and beyond to encourage makers to meet a number of criteria throughout the supply chain. This means that dyes must be free of thousands of toxic chemicals, wastewater must be treated properly, workers must receive a living wage and factories must meet stringent safety standards.
Gaining GOTS certification for textile products is not easy, but it's worth it. Just like shopping for organic produce with the USDA organic seal, the GOTS seal can reassure you that what you're choosing to wear is not harmful to you, the environment, or the growers and sewers along the way.
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