Information on the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)


The GOTS - a clear and safe buying decision for your organic fabrics - look for the GOTS logo

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world's leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including environmental and social criteria, supported by independent third-party certification of the entire textile supply chain, i.e. from the extraction of fibers, through spinning, weaving or knitting, washing and dyeing, to sale.

The GOTS logo may only be applied to a fabric/textile, for example, if all these companies involved in the production of the fabric comply with the GOTS criteria. Therefore, all processors, manufacturers and retailers "along this textile chain" must themselves be GOTS certified.

Bio Stoffhandel Siebenblau is already certified according to GOTS since the year 2012, we are allowed to use the trademarked GOTS logo and we are proud to be a part of this sustainable textile chain. Here you can see our GOTS certificate.

In this clip the GOTS is explained in a short and simple way :

What does it mean when I see the GOTS logo on a product?

To be sure that a product is really GOTS certified, the labeling must be complete. This means that besides the GOTS logo, firstly the labeling level ('kbA/kbT' or 'organic' or 'made from kbA/kbT fibers' or 'made with organic'), secondly the reference to the independent certification body and thirdly the license number of the certified company must be indicated. You can access the information about the certified company by entering this license number (or name), in the public database in the search field. Here is an example of correct GOTS labeling:


What social criteria does GOTS include?

When working with GOTS certified tools and processes, workers are protected from toxic chemicals. Additionally, GOTS social criteria are based on the International Labor Organization (ILO) core standards, which include bans on child labor, forced labor, and other conditions. GOTS goes even further, however; for example, fire prevention and evacuation drills are required and compliance with the social criteria must be documented.

More information at: www.global-standard.org