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The Standard

Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 15:14

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.

General Description

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:33

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.

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GOTS latest version 4.0

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 15:10

The latest version 4.0 of the Global Organic Textile Standard is available for download in this section.
Also an overview listing relevant changes between Version 3.0 to 4.0 is available here.

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Manual for Implementation

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 10:16

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.

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Revision Procedure

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:39

The GOTS stakeholder input based formal procedure for revision of GOTS Version 4.0 and the corresponding Manual for Implementation are introduced.

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GOTS Monitor (Water/Energy)

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:06
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GOTS Licensees can register for a complementary download of GOTS Monitor here

Consumption of water and energy are most important aspects in sustainability considerations for textile processors and manufacturers. As part of the environmental management criteria (chapter 2.4.10) GOTS requires that - among other information - certified entities must have available and provide:

  • data on energy and water resources and their consumption per kg of textile output
  • target goals and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption per kg of textile output

GOTS Monitor (Water/Energy) aims at supporting certified entities to approach and comply with these requirements.

The main functions of GOTS Monitor (Water/Energy) are to:

  • allow an easy data collection on energy and water consumption (per kg of textile output)
  • provide realistic factory-specific benchmark values for these parameters (specifically for wet processing activities)

The user will be supported in setting and monitoring realistic improvement targets regarding the progress in the reduction of his water and energy consumption. Effects will be visible in both environmental terms to fulfil the GOTS Standard requirements and in monetary terms for the business case of sustainability.

Certified entities can register for a complementary download of GOTS Monitor here. After completing the order form they will receive information by email with all instructions how to download, install and use GOTS Monitor.

Click here to proceed to download of GOTS Monitor

[Minimum system requirements: Windows XP SP3 or newer (Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 or Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012). Minimum free space required on disk is 500MB and RAM of at least 1GB]