What is G.O.T.S?

What is G.O.T.S.?

jude & laurel is currently working our hardest to be G.O.T.S. certified! We are very proud to make all of our products with organic fibres, with the exception of the elastic in our waistbands. But stay tuned; our R&D team is on the hunt for a solution!

There are so many new terms being introduced with each step towards a better world. G.O.T.S. happens to be one of them! Allow us to tell you a bit about what it means, and why it’s important to us, to abide by their standards for our operations!

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria,

Many of the large scale factories use products in their clothing that stays in landfills for years! Mainly from the poly-blend  thread, and the components used in all of their tags. Then there’s the plastic tag holders, often there are little baggies holding spare buttons, sometimes the buttons themselves! It’s more than we tend to realize!

Here are the parameters set out by G.O.T.S.:

  • At all stages through the processing organic fibre products must be separated from conventional fibre products and must to be clearly identified

  • All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meeting basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/eliminability

  • Prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes

  • The use of synthetic sizing agents is restricted; knitting and weaving oils must not contain heavy metals

  • Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching)

  • Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited

  • Discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited

  • Restrictions for accessories (e.g. no PVC, nickel or chrome permitted)

  • All operators must have an environmental policy including target goals and procedures to minimise waste and discharges

  • Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and waste water treatment, including the disposal of sludge. The waste water from all wet processing units must be treated in a functional waste water treatment plant.

  • Packaging material must not contain PVC. Paper or cardboard used in packaging material, hang tags, swing tags etc. must be recycled or certified according to FSC or PEFC

As you can see, there are a lot of well-set boundaries to follow! Any organization who is this specific, only lets the best of the best boast their acronym!