A total of 39 US companies gained certification to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2019, bringing the total to 113 individual companies.
GOTS covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70 per cent certified organic natural fibres.
The newly-certified companies include one knitter, Roshan Trading Inc, and four cotton gins: King-Mesa Gin, Mesa Farmers Cooperative Inc, West Gin, and Woolam Gin.
A total of 14 manufacturers were certified: Avocado Green Brands, BAC Distributing, Brentwood Home, Chevaldi, Diamond Wipes International, Fibertex Nonwovens, Fischer Manufacturing, New Fashion Products, Panditos, Quality Sleep Shop, Sleep Technologies, Procter and Gamble, Tour Image, and WPT Corporation.
Retailers to gain certification included A1 Home Collections, Cole and Cleo, Conscious Step, Everlane, Fair Seas Supply Company, Green Cotton Group USA, Helix Sleep, Hope & Henry, Louis Dreyfus Company Cotton, Noleo Care Company, Modn Made, Organics and More, Pem-America, Sweet Dreams, Standard Fiber, Revman International, Sally Fox, Simple Ecology, The Home Depot, The William Carter Co, and Warwick Fulfillment Solutions.
Products may only be sold with a GOTS label if the entire supply-chain is certified and the necessary scope and transaction certificates have been obtained to prove certification. An independent on-site inspection is carried out annually by GOTS-approved certifiers.
A GOTS spokesperson said: “Savvy consumers demand third-party validation from companies of integrity who have gone the extra mile to achieve GOTS certification promising compliance with stringent ecological and social criteria.
“Additionally, GOTS helps to ensure compliance with each of the 17 United Nation Sustainable Development Goals, to achieve sustainable development.”
Courtesy: Eco Textile