GOTS certification – everything you need to know
We are increasingly becoming more conscious about what goes into our bodies, shopping for organic produce and being careful about what we eat. But what about the clothes we wear and the sheets we sleep in? Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides and pesticides than any other crop in the world. Its production is toxic, thirsty and energy intensive. Do we really want to invite these chemicals into our home and have these against our skin? We have the opportunity to adjust our consumer habits by switching to organic with the fabrics/textiles we buy, in the same way as we have been doing with food produce.
This is why we only sell bed linen that has Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification and Oeko-Tex® certification. We’ve gone to great lengths to understand the supply chain, from seed to fabric, to make sure our sheets are made the right way. This is better for you, better for the farmers and their families, and better for the environment.
What are these certifications?
The simplest way to explain these certifications is that organic cotton GOTS certification is all about how the raw materials for your fabric are grown, and looks at the whole journey literally from seed right through to the end product – the fabric; Oeko-Tex® certification (covered in our last blog) is about how the fabric is processed (including dyes and finishes) and focuses on the end product;.
Why are these important to Linen Quarter?
We only work with manufacturers who have this certification. It ensures we can trace back to the origin of our cotton, so you and your family can feel confident knowing our products are authentic, pure and chemical free. This traceability of supply chain is at the heart of our business. Certified organic cotton delivers proven benefits for farmers, their families and the environment. We are proud to say that all of our products are GOTS and Oeko-Tex® certified.
What is GOTS certification?
GOTS certification is the worldwide leading textile producing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain – from seed to fabric. Throughout the quality management process, it is ensured that at every stage no chemical pesticides, harmful bacteria or synthetic fertilisers have been used in the final product, allowing products to be internationally GOTS certified.
The standard’s aim is to define globally recognised requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling, to provide credible assurance to the end consumer. So, no matter where you are in the world, you can look for the GOTS logo to know that your bedding (and clothes) are safe for you, your family and the planet.
GOTS goes further than sustainability. Its social impact is immense
To have GOTS certification, social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) must be met by all processors and manufacturers. These cover minimum wages, working hours, no child labour, no discrimination, as well as safe and hygienic work conditions. This, as well as the environmental side of organic cotton, is critical to the quality of life of all the people (and their families) along the journey from plant to duvet (or pillowcase or fitted sheet).
Where can I find out more about GOTS certification?
More information can be found on the GOTS website www.global-standard.org
Have you cottoned on to organic cotton yet?
When you buy GOTS certified organic bedding, you can be sure that the origin of the cotton can be traced, from seed to fabric. This means that you and your family can feel confident knowing products are authentic, pure and chemical free. You can also be assured that the working conditions for the people who made these products are safe and fair. You can sleep easier at night knowing where your bed linen comes from, and that you’ve played a part in protecting and improving the lives of others.
This is why we only sell GOTS certified organic cotton bed linen. It’s safe, kind and fair. When it comes to making sustainability claims you can trust, nothing beats it!
Thanks for reading.