The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.
The latest version 3.0 of the Global Organic Textile Standard is available for download in this section.
An overview listing relevant changes between Version 2.0 to 3.0 is available and information on the revision process is provided as well.
The Manual for Implementation is a tool developed by the Technical Committee to provide interpretation advice on specific GOTS criteria and the related quality assurance system.
The GOTS stakeholder input based formal revision procedure as well as the scheduled timetable for revision of GOTS Version 3.0 and the corresponding Manual for Implementation are introduced.