Yesterday, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) International Working Group (IWG) announced the release of GOTS Version 4.0 and the corresponding updated Manual, as well as a chronological summary on relevant changes. The documents are now available in the download section of the GOTS website. GOTS is the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from certified organic fibers. The GOTS standard was first approved in 2006 by the GOTS IWG, made up of the Organic Trade Association (U.S.), the Japan Organic Cotton Association, International Association Natural Textile Industry (Germany), and the Soil Association (UK). The new GOTS 4.0 is the result of a revision process with multi-stakeholder input. Stakeholders, including OTA, who operate internationally with expertise in the field of organic production, textile processing, textile chemistry, and social criteria, were invited to participate along with industry representatives, NGOs, and consumer interest groups. Key changes include a ban on conventional cotton, conventional angora and virgin polyester, modified rules on the allowance of regenerated and recycled synthetic fibers, and criteria for specific product groups such as textile personal care and mattress and bedding products. The transition period to fully comply with the new version will be one year. A press release with additional region specific facts is available for download. OTA will offer a webinar on the new GOTS 4.0 version in the near future. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard, OTA’s Regulatory Director for Standards and Food Safety, or sign up for OTA’s Fiber and Textiles Forum to discuss the changes with fellow OTA members.
Release of New GOTS Version 4.0
March 4, 2014 in Government Affairs & Policy
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