What is Certification?
Look for the Logo
The only way to be sure that textile products have been both produced organically and made in factories adhering to strict environmental and social standards is to look for the Soil Association and/or the GOTS logo. These demonstrate that the fibre was produced organically, processed to strict environmental standards under good working conditions in the factories, and has been certified by an independent, third party along the whole supply chain.
Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS)
- GOTS approved products must contain at least 70% organic fibre content
- GOTS approved products never contain potentially harmful chemicals which can be found in conventional textile production
- GOTS approved companies are better for the environment (by managing their environmental impact, have high social standards, reduce energy and review water usage)
- GOTS means safe working conditions, no discrimination and no child labour
- GOTS approved products have the entire supply chain verified, even the farms must have certification to a legally recognised standard.
- The details matter! Buttons, threads, zips have to also meet strict residue criteria of GOTS
- GOTS Certification is carried out by independent companies and facilities are physically inspected to verify standards are met.
Organic Content Standard Certification (OCS)
Another logo to look out for is Textile Exchange, which demonstrates organic cotton has been grown to strict organic standards and traced from farm to finished garment. Whilst it doesn’t mean that the conditions in the factory have been checked, or the dyes and inks used to make the garments have met strict standards, it’s a good first step for ensuring that organic fibre is used and has been certified by an independent, third party along the whole supply chain.
OCS has two different types of Certification:
OCS 100 logo is used for only for product that contains 95% or more organic material.
OCS blended is used for products that contain 5% minimum of organic material blended with conventional or synthetic raw materials.