March 10, 2017

Image: Charlotte Powell

The latest version 5.0 of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was released on the 1st of March, 2017. The newly updated version sets stricter criteria for the use of regenerated cellulosics and introduces criteria for ‘combined products’. The Global Textile Standard is a globally recognised processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres and covers high-level environmental and social criteria along a fibre’s entire supply chain.

The fifth version of the standard contains stricter criteria for the use of certain non-organic cellulosic fibres when blended with organic fibres. Previously, cellulosic fibres could make up a maximum of 30% of the total fibre mix for a product to still qualify for GOTS certification. However, GOTS 5.0 has restricted the use of viscose and modal to 10% for general use and to 25% for socks and sportswear. Lyocell can still be used for up to 30% of the fibre mix due to its “more sustainable production process”.

GOTS has introduced criteria for certifying combined products such as prams and baby beds containing fabric and car seats or furniture made from upholstery materials, allowing for these materials to be labelled as ‘certified’ in the future. Furthermore, GOTS 5.0 includes an additional section on ‘Ethical Business Behaviour’ based on the United Nations Global Compact Principles.

Tags: certification, GOTS, organic.