Tuesday, April 1, 2014

An Organic Cotton Standard -- thumbnail sketch

Many producers of organic cotton follow the Global Organic Textile Standard. This is a means by which producers and vendors can become certified. I have been buying GOTS certified cotton. What does it mean to use certified organic cotton? Is it really that different than non-certified non-organic cotton?  Here's a quick summary, taken from the GOTS website:

Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.

Over the next posts, we'll explore the detail behind the summary.