Last month’s GOTS India Seminar organised by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) saw active participation from
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is an internationally-recognised organic textile standard. Since its introduction in 2006, GOTS has demonstrated its practical feasibility and is supported by the growth in consumption of organic fibres and the demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sectors, including home textile industry.
By an HTA Correspondent
Titled ‘Sustainability as Key to Business Efficiency,’ the GOTS India Seminar 2018 held on Monday, 29th May 2018 at Le Meridien Coimbatore, turned out to be a resounding success. Over 180 international brands and retailers, textile manufacturers, chemical suppliers, testing laboratories, accreditation agencies, academicians, industry stalwarts, standards bodies, service providers, consultants and media representatives, and other stakeholders from the field of organic textiles and sustainability gathered to discuss efficiency through sustainability.
Four sessions of the seminar addressed the various aspects of efficiency in sustainable fashion, home textile and textile manufacturing. The sessions included buyers’ perspective, chemical compliance, social responsibility and futuristic certification systems.
The participating Indian companies presented case-studies on how investments in environmental and social compliances have led to increased savings, business efficiency and higher profitability.
GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing (including ginning, 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. Key provisions include a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), highly hazardous chemicals, such as Azo dyes and Formaldehyde, and child labour, while requiring strong social compliance management systems and strict waste water treatment practices. In 2017 more than 1.74 million people were working in GOTS certified facilities.
It was noted by all present at the Coimbatore seminar that India has made remarkable progress in terms of processing of organic textiles in fashion and home textile industries. As per December 2017 data, out of the 5,024 facilities GOTS certified worldwide, the highest, more than 1,650 are in India. The Indian brand Soul Space, one of the first movers in this space, shared their vision of GOTS-certified clothing line for Indian consumers.
“Indian consumers as well as Indian brands are looking for ecological fashion products, but gaps remain for criteria and communication. GOTS has the potential to fill these gaps by providing uniform criteria for sustainable production and communication in all parts of the supply chain,” said Sumit Gupta, GOTS representative for India and Bangladesh.
A not-for-profit, self-financed agency, GOTS was developed by leading international standard setters – Organic Trade Association (U.S.), Japan Organic Cotton Association, International Association Natural Textile Industry (Germany), and Soil Association (UK) to define globally-recognised requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from field to finished product.