2020, the year of pandemic, has motivated people more towards sustainability and organic!
The latest figures of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification too confirm as in 2020, this certification has touched five figures for the first time ever.
In 2020, 10,388-certified facilities adopted GOTS certification – that’s an increase of 34 per cent.
16 GOTS-Approved Certification Bodies report that over 3 million people in more than 72 countries were working in GOTS-certified facilities.
GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing) of apparel and home textiles made with certified organic fibre (such as organic cotton and organic wool), and includes both environmental and social criteria.
A statement from GOTS says that there were significant increases in all regions. Top 10 countries for certified facilities are India (2,994), Bangladesh (1,584), Turkey (1,107), China (961), Germany (684), Italy (585), Portugal (449), Pakistan (391), US (167) and Sri Lanka (126).
GOTS-approved chemical inputs now number 25,913 – an increase of 13 per cent in 2020. This confirms that these inputs are increasingly used as a risk management tool by wet processors to satisfy legal and commercial residue requirements.
Claudia Kersten, MD, GOTS says, “The exceptional increase in this unprecedented year shows that decision makers value GOTS as an important tool to drive sustainable transformation in a comprehensive way – from field to fashion. Using organic fibres and processing them under strict GOTS criteria definitely provides a credible and strong base for market players to be successful in the future.”
It is also pertinent to mention here that GOTS version 6.0, to be implemented from 1 March 2021, includes stricter social and environmental criteria.
Certified entities will now have to calculate the gap between wages paid to ‘Living Wages’ and will be encouraged to work towards closing this gap.