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.

GOTS certification standards


A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres




A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres with a maximum of 10% synthetic fibres (up to 25% for socks, leggings and sportswear)
  All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/eliminability
  The choice of accessories (e.g. buttons) is limited in accordance with ecological aspects
  A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved




Packaging material must not contain PVC. From 1 January 2014 onwards, any paper or cardboard used in packaging material, hang tags, swing tags etc. must be post-consumer recycled or certified in accordance with FSC or PEFC
  All processors and manufacturers must meet minimum social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)


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