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GOTS Spoke at CRB-ISEAL Event on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) in New Delhi, India

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

CRB ISEAL

Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) had partnered with ISEAL Alliance, UK to organize a day-long seminar on the topic ‘CSR Mandate & Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Contribution to Business, Economy, Society and Environment in India’. It was held on December 16, 2014 in New Delhi.
Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in India and Bangladesh, spoke on “GOTS- Benefits and Contribution to India”. In his presentation, he gave the background and history of GOTS. He emphasized on salient features of the standard. He also listed out the benefits India has got since 2006 from GOTS, including the ones to businesses and environment. The presentation was concluded with an appeal to Govt of India for a formal recognition of GOTS standard in India on lines of USA govt.
The other speakers were from the Government of India, United Nations, World Wildlife Fund, International Labor Organization, Quality Council of India and other standards. The entire day was dedicated to discussing various aspects of engaging with CSR and sustainability through voluntary standards, in both the public and private sector businesses and was attended by over 120 representatives from government, businesses and civil society organizations.
Dr. Bimal Arora, CEO for CRB, said “We try to achieve 8 percent growth target with balanced growth in all sectors. While this is commendable, it also has negative impacts on environment and biodiversity. Correspondingly, there has been increase in number of institutions working on CSR, and CRB is one such institution working towards sustainability in a trading context.

GOTS joins German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

GOTS joins German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

A German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles was initiated by the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller. Launched in October, the goal is to improve the social, ecological, and economic conditions in the supply chains for textiles and apparel products. Marcus Bruegel, GOTS Technical Director, and Claudia Kersten, GOTS Marketing Director, contributed in working groups as well as on the steering committee in the development of the Partnership, and GOTS is one of the Alliance standards included the Plan of Action.

Read more here: www.textilbuendnis.com

German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

Soil Association Report: Organic Cotton Helps Feed the World

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

 

Organic Cotton Helps Feed the World A September Soil Association briefing, “Organic cotton helps to feed the world,” explains how organic cotton helps farmers feed both their families and local communities around the world. The report, launched as part of the organization’s “Organic Textiles Week,” shows how organic cotton farming requires farmers to grow a diversity of crops to maintain healthy and fertile soils and fight off pests.These crops also are a source of food, enabling farmers and their families to feed themselves and their communities throughout the year and provide additional income. The report provides case studies of how organic cotton is farmed in China, Africa, India, Europe and the USA.

Read the press release here: www.soilassociation.org


 

Textile Exchange Organic Cotton Report Shows Use Soaring

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

 

Textile Exchange Logo According to the July Textile Exchange 2013 “Organic Cotton Report,” the Top 10 organic cotton users in the world were: H&M, C&A, Puma, Nike, Decathlon, Tchibo, Coop Swiss, Target, Williams-Sonoma, and Inditex (Zara). In 2013, the amount of organic cotton the companies had to use to make it to the list increased 50% from two to three million pounds! The Top Ten organic cotton producing countries in 2013 were: India, China, Turkey, Tanzania, the U.S., Burkina Faso, Egypt, Mali, Uganda, and Peru. While there was a 21% drop in global production, that figure is likely to go down with the formation of a coalition of enthusiasts formed to push for change. Organic cotton was grown on approximately 215,133 hectares in 18 countries.

Download the press release here: textileexchange.org


 

GOTS joins IFOAM

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

 

IFOAM logo GOTS has become an affiliate member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), given its globally-recognized standard for the processing of organic fibers and the organization’s commitment to the organic movement. IFOAM has formally recognized and endorsed GOTS, and requests governments to refrain from establishing other national organic textile processing standards.

For more information, please visit: www.ifoam.org


 

New LCA from TE: Organic Cotton Proven to Cause Less Environmental Damage than Conventional Cotton

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

 

The LCA of Organic Cotton Fiber Cover According to the Textile Exchange, data from its November “Life Cycle Assessment of Organic Cotton Fiber” proves that organic cotton causes less environmental damage than conventional cotton. The most significant findings when comparing organic cotton to conventional are: 46% reduced global warming potential, 70% less acidification potential, 26% reduced eutrophication potential (soil erosion), 91% reduced blue water consumption, and 62% reduced primary energy demand. The study is based on data from producer groups located in the top five countries of organic cotton cultivation which account for 97% of global organic cotton production: India, China, Turkey, Tanzania, and the U.S. The analysis was funded by GOTS and 13 other Textile Exchange member organizations.

Read more and download report here