With each industry comes a language, used prolifically by the clothing brands you’ll find at The Thrifty Stork. Let’s demystify the most common of these – GOTS. What is it, and why does it matter? 

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

GOTS is the leading standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide. Achieving GOTS certification takes commitment and application, and communicates that a brand holds itself to the highest levels of both environmental and social standards – it applies to more than just the textiles. It is an independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. 

GOTS require regular factory audits. These audits check that workers are not discriminated against, and are provided with a safe, clean environment in which to work. These workers are paid a living wage (which means either the national standard or industry benchmark, whichever is higher).

GOTS limits the use of chemicals during the production of textiles. A GOTS product has to contain at least 95% organic fibre and must not be treated with bleach, formaldehyde or any other toxic substance.

During the production of fabrics, the use of water and energy is closely monitored. GOTS require statistics on how much water and energy is being consumed per kg of textile produced, and set targets to reduce consumption. The brands stocked by TTS work with the factories to help them meet and maintain these exacting standards.

When the entire process from farm to final product meets GOTS criteria, manufacturers are then issued with a GOTS certification.

The GOTS certification provides customers with assurance that the garment chosen is kind to both people and the planet.