What is Certified Organic?
When we hear the word “natural” this does not mean it is Certified Organic. Most things in nature are natural; this does not mean they are respected. Organic products are produced with no chemical pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilisers or genetically modified organisms. Nor is a further array of highly toxic heavy metal chemicals used in the final manufacturing process, such as defoliants, formaldehyde and chlorine.
How to Verify Organic Certification
Firstly, see that there is a certifying body on the label or tagging of the item you are purchasing. You can then look up this certifying body on the internet and proceed to submit the individualised licence number for certification which should be written clearly on the label.
Here are the directions to check up on GOTS certification:
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If this link doesn’t work you can look up the current one via just an online search.
The Excelsis Bed sheets are Certified Organic Cotton by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is the first independent and internationally acknowledged official inspection and certification body offering organic certification according to worldwide-accepted standard for ecological textiles. Some of what this certification and inspection includes is the processes of growing, spinning, knitting, manufacturing and dying. (See: What is GOTS Certification? for more.)
What is GOTS Certification?
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) (www.global-standard.com; see also: www.organic-textile-services.com) is a collaborative effort between the United States Organic Trade Association, Soil Association, International Association Natural Textile Industry (IVN) and Japan Organic Cotton Association (JOCA) to codify textile standards so consumers and manufacturers have one certification – an important step toward harmonization and transparency in textile labels. Since work began on codifying the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2002, it has evolved into the leading set of criteria in the field of organic textile processing. All parameters are listed and accessible.
GOTS aims to define a universal standard for organic fibres – from harvesting the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, to labelling – in order to provide credible assurance to consumers. Standards apply to fibre products, yarns, fabrics and clothes and cover the production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, exportation, importation and distribution of all natural fibre products. GOTS provides a continuous quality control and certification system from field to shelf.
GOTS has detailed social criteria: Fair wages; No forced or bonded labour; Working hours are not excessive; No child labour; Workers are free to leave after reasonable notice; Working conditions are safe and hygienic; No harsh or inhumane treatment of workers is allowed.
The GOTS parameters for materials include prohibitions or restrictions on:
- Aromatic solvents
- Chloro Phenols (TCP, PCP)
- Complexing agents (APEO)
- Formaldehyde and short chain aldehydes
- Fungicides and biocides
- Halogenated solvents
- Heavy metals
- Ammonia treatment
The GOTS certification applies to only natural fibres; it cannot be applied to polyester or other synthetic fibres.