In an time when sustainability and conscious consumerism are increasingly important, we know that making more sustainable buying decisions is something that each and every one of us is responsible for.
Organic clothing and in particular cotton that’s produced using eco-friendly and ethical practices, makes a strong choice for those seeking to minimise their environmental impact.
At the forefront of this movement is the Global Organic Textile Standard certification (also referred to as GOTS) which is a seal of approval that reassures consumers that their clothing is truly organic.
In this blog, we'll delve into the world of GOTS certification and answer some common questions about organic clothing.
What exactly is GOTS Certification?
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a globally recognised certification for textiles made from organic fibres. It sets stringent environmental and social criteria for the entire textile supply chain, from the cultivation of raw materials to the final product's labelling.
GOTS aims to ensure that organic clothing is not only made from organically grown materials but is also produced in a way that is environmentally responsible and socially ethical.
What makes clothing "organic"?
Organic clothing is made from fibres derived from crops grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, GMOs, or chemical fertilisers. These crops are cultivated using natural farming practices that support soil health and biodiversity.
Why is GOTS certification important?
GOTS certification ensures that a textile product has met strict organic and ethical standards throughout its entire lifecycle. It covers factors like chemical usage, water treatment, workers' rights, and more. When you choose GOTS-certified products, you're supporting sustainable practices and responsible manufacturing.
Is GOTS certification only about the fabric?
No, GOTS certification encompasses the entire supply chain. It not only requires organic farming but also mandates environmentally friendly processing, responsible manufacturing, and fair labour practices.
Are GOTS-certified products chemical-free?
GOTS restricts the use of certain harmful chemicals and dyes in the manufacturing process, but it doesn't claim that the final product is entirely chemical-free. Instead, it ensures that chemicals used are within safe limits and don't harm the environment, workers, or consumers.
Is organic clothing more expensive?
Organic clothing might be more expensive due to the careful farming practices and ethical labour conditions involved. However, the price difference reflects the true cost of sustainability and fair practices, unlike fast fashion and unethically produced cheap textiles.
Because GOTS emphasizes responsible manufacturing, the focus on durability and longevity can lead to higher quality products which may enjoy a longer lifespan than more cheaply produced counterparts.
Is GOTS certification applicable to all types of textiles?
Yes, GOTS covers a variety of textile products from clothing to home furnishings. It ensures that from bedsheets to baby clothes and everything in between, all are produced with organic and ethical considerations.
Is there a link between GOTS certification and fair labour practices?
GOTS certification includes social criteria designed to ensure the fair treatment of workers. It upholds labour rights, prohibits child labour, and provides safe working conditions.
How can I verify if a product is GOTS certified?
To verify whether a produce is GOTS certified, look for the GOTS logo on the product's label or in the product description, alternatively, you should be able to find an information page on a brands website that mentions GOTS certification.
You can also check the official GOTS website for a list of certified brands and products.
In a world where our clothing choices have consequences for the planet and those living on it, opting for organic clothing with GOTS certification is a great way to contribute to a more sustainable future.
We know that going organic isn’t always viable, but in choosing high-quality GOTS certified clothing, you’re ascribing to the ‘buy once, buy well’ ethos that helps to keep cheap clothing out of landfill.
By understanding the importance of GOTS certification and making informed choices, you're not just buying clothes. It’s bigger than that. Think of it as you investing in the health of our planet and the wellbeing of the communities responsible in their manufacturing.
The best way to take care of your organic cotton tops is to use the original Holé button cover, which helps protect your clothing from tiny holes, helping to increase the lifespan of your clothes.