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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

This formal government recognition of GOTS confirms that our approach in defining and safeguarding ‘organic textiles’ is well suited to provide responsible and reliable clarity for the textile industry, trade and consumers. By refraining from inventing its own national rules for organic textiles but relying instead on GOTS as the worldwide established organic textile standard, the U.S. government is avoiding creating new trade barriers to this globalized sector while at the same time ensuring that – once the memorandum is fully enforced – organic textile claims are backed by a reliable and transparent international certification programme based on comprehensive rules for socially and environmentally responsible textile production. Other governments could ensure worldwide equality in defining and safeguarding organic textiles by taking the U.S. approach as a blueprint for any regulatory activities in the sector.