|The International Working Group on a Global Organic Textile Standard is made up of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), The Soil Association (UK), International Association Natural Textile Industry (IVN) (Germany), and the Japan Organic Cotton Association. |
The aim of these standards is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
These standards for organic textiles cover the production, processing, manufacturing,GOTS Licensing and Labelling Guide (PDF, 575 KB)
packaging, labeling, exportation, importation and distribution of all organic
fibers. The final products may include, but are not limited to fiber products,
yarns, fabrics and clothing.
Standard and Manual:
Global Organic Textile Standard Version 4.0 (released *March 1st 2014, replacing Version 3.0)
GOTS Version 4.0 (PDF, 230 KB)
*All GOTS companies must fully comply with Version 4.0 by March 1st 2015
Manual for the implementation of the Global Organic Textile Standard
Manual for the Implementation (PDF, 175 KB)
Summary of relevant changes from Version 3.0 to 4.0
List of relevant changes
GOTS Version 3.0
Manual, Issue 1st March 2011
To learn more about the standard visit: http://www.global-standard.org/.
View the list of other downloads available on the GOTS site.
Please contact one of the following OTA-member certification agencies for getting certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard:
Control Union USA, Inc.
IMO Institute for Marketecology
Oregon Tilth, Inc.
OTA members may find further information at:
PLEASE NOTE: All fiber sold as organic in the US must meet the USDA National Organic Program rule for crop production, and if necessary, livestock production.
For information on the GOTS web seminar or to purchase the recording click here.