Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) in July 2012 made a landmark agreement with Soil Association Certification to provide inspections and customer service in the Asia Pacific region to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Soil Association Certification is a leading UK certification body linked to the Soil Association charity which is a founding member and ¼ owner of the GOTS standards. ACO will be the preferred partner in the region for Soil Association Certification’s inspections to GOTS.
An overview of the GOTS standard
- Certified organic natural fibres: Your products must contain a minimum of 95% organic fibre to be labelled as ‘organic’ and 70% to be labeled as ‘made with X% organic’
- Accessories and additional materials permitted: Non-organic fibre content and accessories must meet the requirements for material types permitted
- Minimum social criteria (based on ILO norms): If you have employees you must comply with the social and employment criteria
- Separation and traceability of organic products: Organic and non-organic products must be kept separate, and you must be able to account for incoming and outgoing organic products, including keeping supplier certificates on file
- Chemical inputs used in processing: Require approval by GOTS before use. We can provide you with details of over 4000 chemical inputs already approved or assess new inputs you want to use
- Harmful residues in accessories and final products: If there is a risk your final products or accessories may contain harmful residues, they may need to be tested
- Environmental management and waste water treatment: You’ll need an environmental policy and waste water must be tested and treated (by you or your local authority)
- Basic quality requirements: If you are applying colour, fastness must be checked; and if you are making garments, dimensional stability must be checked
- Labelling: Labels must meet the GOTS, Soil Association and ACO standards, and be checked by us prior to use.