Are Your Clothes Organic?

  • by Alan Taylor

 

 

With so much green washing happening from companies today we thought it would be good to discuss some of the certifications that are out in the world.⠀

In terms of organic GOTS is the main player in terms of certification. They focus on tracing certified organic fibres (mainly cotton, but also certified wool and silk) through the supply chain from the farm gate to the final supplier. GOTS has a broad scope covering both environmental and social issues in textile supply chains.⠀

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 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.⠀

Look out for their logo on your garment labels to ensure what you are getting is truly organic. ⠀

Remember to ask the brands that you buy from if they use organic textiles and if they say no ask them why not. You as the consumer hold a tremendous amount of power as a whole. If we all ask for organic textiles the companies will change for us.⠀

BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) are the other main body that evaluates organic standards but just for cotton. There are other certifications that evaluate other aspects from recycling to water standards, we will cover these in the future posts.⠀

What sustainable information would you like to know more about? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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