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In the study published yesterday by Stiftung Warentest “Traceability of clothing with textile seals”, GOTS took first place. "We took a closer look at 5 seals for sustainable clothing [...] what convinced us most was the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)", writes Stiftung Warentest. The GOTS is the only one of the certified seals to show complete transparency and traceability while complying with the strict ecological and social criteria along all stages of production - from the field to the finished textile.

Stiftung Warentest selected three items of clothing each with the different seals for the investigation. All operating and transaction certificates have been checked. The company certificates confirm the ability of GOTS-certified companies to manufacture according to GOTS criteria. Transaction certificates act like shipping slips and prove that the goods in question are certified. The independent auditors determined that the full traceability of the GOTS certified textiles is guaranteed from the cultivation of the cotton through spinning, knitting, finishing to the finished textile and that all ecological and social obligations are met. "We are extremely pleased about the great praise and recognition of the GOTS from such a renowned institute," said Franziska Dormann, GOTS representative in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Products may only be sold with the GOTS label if the entire supply chain is certified and the necessary operating and transaction certificates are in place. In order to guarantee this comprehensive safety for GOTS-certified textiles, an independent on-site certification based on the GOTS standard is carried out annually by specially accredited testing institutes.

About GOTS: GOTS is recognized as the world's leading standard for the entire processing (from the post-harvest process to spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, finishing and manufacturing) of clothing and home textiles made from organic fibers (such as organic cotton and organic wool).

It defines environmental requirements at a high level and at the same time demands compliance with social criteria. Central provisions include the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), highly hazardous chemicals (such as carcinogenic azo dyes and formaldehyde) and child labor, and the requirement for strict wastewater treatment practices and socially responsible management. GOTS was developed by leading international standards organizations - Organic Trade Association (US), Japan Organic Cotton Association, International Association of the Natural Textile Industry (Germany), and Soil Association (UK) - with the aim of defining globally recognized requirements that determine the biological status of Textiles and thus guarantee credible product safety for the consumer. GOTS is a non-profit organization that is self-funded. You can find more information about GOTS at www.global-standard.org.

Bielefeld, June 28, 2019

Franziska Dormann
Representative in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
[email protected]

GOTS
Global Organic Textile Standard