What is GOTS certification?
Organic cotton means that it is grown completely without artificial fertilizers and chemical pesticides.
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is one of the world's leading manufacturing standards for textiles, i.a. clothing, home textiles, made from certified organically produced raw materials. GOTS includes strict environmental criteria as well as social criteria along the entire textile manufacturing chain. GOTS only gets bigger and bigger every year.
Textile production often involves the release of toxic chemicals into both air and water. For those who work in the textile industry, this often means that the workplaces are downright dangerous. GOTS prohibits the use of commonly used chemicals in manufacturing that can lead to cancer, birth defects and other serious illnesses. Some chemicals also destroy ecosystems and biological diversity internationally.
The certification does not only apply to the certification of organic materials. It also ensures that farmers and the environment are protected during cultivation. During production, the factory workers and the environment are protected, where environmentally hazardous chemicals may not be used. We as end consumers are protected because there are no harmful residues in the end product.
What are organic raw materials?
Ecological is a production system with national standards for the protection of the environment and animal welfare. Organic raw materials include organic cotton, silk, linen and wool.
Why is organic cotton better?
- It uses 1/10 of the amount of water used in the production of conventional cotton. Cotton grows in warm countries where there can be problems with water supply and drought, so water conservation in cotton production is extremely important.
- No toxic pesticides that can harm people, animals and the environment must be present.
- It binds the soil (prevents depletion and drought) through, among other things, crop rotation, composting and natural decay processes
- Is overall better for the environment
Source: Global Organic Textile Standard website