|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, 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.
GOTS Licensing and Labelling Guide (PDF, 575 KB)
Global Organic Textile Standard Version 3.0 (released *March 1st 2011, replacing Version 2.0)
GOTS Version 3.0 (PDF, 230 KB)
*All GOTS companies must fully comply with Version 3.0 by March 1st 2012
Manual for the implementation of the Global Organic Textile Standard
Manual for the Implementation (PDF, 175 KB)
To learn more about the standard visit: http://www.global-standard.org/.
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.