GOTS (Global Textile Standard) is a recognised organic textile standard established by an international working group which comprises OTA (USA), INV (Germany), Soil Association (UK) and Joca (Japan). They also team up with respected experts in other fields if necessary.
Due to its stringent and thorough analytics and certification processes it is widely considered to the highest available standard for organic fibres.
GOTS ensures the organic status of textiles from the harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling, in order to provide credible assurances to the consumer. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70 percent certified organic natural fibres. The final fibre products may include, but are not limited to, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles. However, this standard does not set criteria for leather products.
The purpose of this standard is to define and implement objective requirements which are recognized on the global level and guarantee that the textiles and respective production processes are eco-friendly and sustainable, from harvesting plants to manufacturing, including the final labeling of the raw materials. Particular attention is paid to compliance with the parameters of social responsibility.
The use of the “Bio” logo under the GOTS certification is only allowed in case of compliance with the sustainability criteria which guarantee technical quality, traceability of the entire supply chain and non-toxicity to humans, as well as compliance with the social criteria and certification requirements. It also means the company quality assurance system and, on top of it, it is subjected to annual audits.
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GRS (Global Recycle Standard) is managed by Textile Exchange which one of the most important non-profit organizations that promote a more sustainable textile industry and call for respective improvements and responsible production methods. Its headquarters is located in Texas, USA, and 210 affiliated companies are located in more than 25 countries.
GRS underlines the importance of reuse and recycling and the reduction of use of raw materials, water and energy as these are crucial components of a sustainable production and consumption model. These practices also contribute to a higher quality of the finished product.
The objective analytical algorithm of GRS verifies the recycled content of products, both finished and intermediate, and approves of responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. This certification imposes restrictions on use of harmful chemical products, and enforces strict traceability of the entire production process.
GRS also establishes criteria for environment-friendly processes, social responsibility levels and proper working conditions.
Web site: www.icea.bio/global-recycle-standard-grs
OEKO-TEX Association stands for International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology. It is a union of 16 independent textile research and tet institutes that established a number of certifications in order to enable consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. It became a world leader in testing textiles thanks to it scientific-based approach, transparent methodology and verifiable lab tests.
OEKO-TEX certifications confirm absence of dangerous chemical substances in textile products. The Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX is a consistent, independent certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used, which guarantees high quality of textile products and their components.
Web site: www.oeko-tex.com
TFashion: Cosetex adheres to the criteria of TFashion, managed by Unionfiliere and promoted by Unioncamere and Italy’s Chambers of Commerce. This system provides transparent information to consumers regarding supply routes and product properties. It provides us an opportunity to tell a story of our products, make our customers aware of their authenticity and enhance the supply chain which is an advantage for both domestic and international markets.
Web site: www.tfashion.camcom.it
SMI Cosetex is an associated member of SMI (Sistema Moda Italia) which is one of the largest world organizations representing the textile industry and an essential component of the economic and manufacturing sector in Italy. SMI is committed to protecting and promoting the entire supply chain at a global level.
Web site: www.sistemamodaitalia.com
Material ConneXion was founded in New York in 1997 by George Beylerian. The project has created a worldwide organization with a permanent independent observatory focused on innovation, design and sustainability, supervised by a board of independent experts who are looking all over the world for materials, products and projects that can fully reflect these characteristics. MaterialconneXion means 1 million members, + 10 000 samples of products available in the library divided into 8 different categories (Polymers – Ceramics – Glass – Metals – Cements – Natural and Derivatives – Carbon-based materials – Production processes), 1 main office in New York, 7 offices in Bilbao, Bangkok, Daegu, Milan, Skove and Tokyo. In 2011 it was purchased by the multinational corporation Sandow, founded in 2003 with the aim of creating a network and a fully integrated platform of cutting-edge contents, tools and services for the design industry. In 2020 Sandow becomes an official operator of NYCDesign.
A board of independent experts research, select and identify the products to be subjected to a rigorous technical judgment in order to determine their propensity and characteristics to be included in the database. A jury of independent experts select the best qualified products monthly to be included in the library and in the database, based on their uniqueness, sustainability and innovation in the applications.
Web site: www.materialconnexion.com