Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Many of our manufacturers and suppliers are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) which is dedicated specifically for Fiber & Textile handling and production. GOTS is a project of the International Working Group, who developed these consensus-based standards over many years of discussion and deliberation. The aim of the standard is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. You will find the GOTS certification on the following products sold at Earthsake:
Organic Cotton Towels,
Organic Cotton Linens ,
Organic Bedding ,
Organic Mattress Protectors.
Keep in mind that although several other Earthsake manufacturers & suppliers also use source materials that are GOTS Certified materials, they are not allowed to use the GOTS certification on their end products if GOTS does not do the certification for such end products. Specifically, "GOTS labelling conditions do not offer to use the GOTS label (or any reference to GOTS certification) on the final textile product if the GOTS certification is valid for intermediate stages (such as yarn or fabric stage) or for specific components of the product only." While the spirit of the requirement is a good one, the enforcement of it requires that even if you use GOTS Certified materials you can not make mention of that fact -even when GOTS does not offer certification for your type of end product. This creates a counter-intuitive problem with regard to informing the public about what makes your product special and your commitment to using organic materials. The core requirements are specified on the GOTS website at: http://www.global-standard.org/licensing-and-labelling/how-to-get-products-labelled.html.
Rest assured, Earthsake remains committed to sourcing not only the best products available but ensuring they use certified organic materials wherever possible - even if they can not say they use them.