GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD (GOTS)
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria. It is backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
The aim of the GOTS standard is to ensure organic status for textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
At all stages through the processing organic fibre products must be separated from conventional fibre products and must to be clearly identified. All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meeting basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/ eliminability. Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching) and Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited.
Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and waste water treatment, including the disposal of sludge. The waste water from all wet processing units must be treated in a functional waste water treatment plant.
Soil Association is the largest UK certification body for GOTS. The only way to be sure that textile products have been both produced organically and made in factories adhering to strict environmental and social standards is to look for the Soil Association and/or the GOTS logo. These demonstrate that the fibre was produced organically, processed to strict environmental standards under good working conditions in the factories, and has been certified by an independent, third party along the whole supply chain.
PEOPLE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS (PETA)
Are the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. They focus on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in laboratories, the food industry, the clothing trade, and the entertainment business. They also work to address a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals. Every year, billions of animals suffer and die for clothing and accessories. Their skin is torn off to make leather, birds are held down while their feathers are ripped out by the handful, and small animals are kept in cramped cages for life before finally being killed for their fur. Sheep are often beaten and mutilated during shearings, and they’re also killed so that their skin can be used for shearling. Goats are similarly abused for cashmere and mohair. All this is done in the name of fashion. No matter what type of material it is or where it comes from, if the process involves an animal, it involves horrific cruelty.
The “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo is designed to highlight clothing, accessories, furniture, and home decor goods made of vegan alternatives to animal-derived materials such as leather, fur, wool, silk, feathers, or bone. It helps consumers identify vegan items at a glance while shopping and make purchases that align with their values.