Stuttgart, Germany – The new version is a result of a comprehensive stakeholder input process in which various organizations with expertise in organic production, textile processing and social criteria participated. It follows the overall approach of GOTS to define high level verifiable environmental criteria throughout the entire processing chain of apparel and home textiles (including spinning, knitting, weaving, wet processing, manufacturing, and trading) made from a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres and requiring social criteria while still providing for a practical set of requirements that is technically achievable even in large scale industrial textile production and for mass market brands and retailers in order to achieve a considerable environmental and social impact in the textile industry.
- The latest version 5.0 of the Global Organic Textile Standard and the corresponding Implementation Manual version 5.0 is available for download in this section.
- Also a summary of changes between Versions 4.0 and 5.0 is available.
The implementation deadline for GOTS certified entities to fully comply with Version 5.0 is 1 March 2018.
Source: Global Organic Textile Standard