Mini Rodini loves nature and acknowledges that we have a responsibility to preserve and protect it as much as we possibly can. One part of this is working with GOTS*-certified cotton.
GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard) is an international certification that demands strict environmental criteria on the entire manufacturing process. The manufacturing process of textiles often involves different facilities and processes before the final product reaches consumers and GOTS ensures that an organic certifier evaluates all phases of production. That includes farming, harvesting, production, processing, manufacturing, packaging and branding.
Today, a lot of garments on the market are labeled “organic”. But what the end consumer often does not know is that these can contain as little as 5% organic materials. The organic GOTS-standard guarantees 95% organic cotton, which also considers the whole production process; from seed to finished product.
The final products may include, but are not limited to fibre products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles. The standard does not set criteria for leather products.
There are two GOTS grades: ‘organic’ and ‘made with organic’.
A textile product carrying the label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres. The label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres. Blending conventional and organic fibres of the same type in the same product is not permitted.
The use of ingredients like formaldehyde, GMOs, heavy metals, copper, fumigants, fluorocarbons, aromatic solvents, and chlorophenols are prohibited in any part of the production process.
Raw materials known to be toxic (to the earth, the ozone layer, or any living organism) are prohibited.
Organic materials do not come in contact with non–organic materials.
All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated
The final textile product can not contain any harmful substances or toxins
All processors and manufacturers must meet minimum social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO):
Employment is freely chosen
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
Working conditions are safe and hygienic
Child labour must not be used
Working hours are not excessive
No discrimination is practiced
Regular employment is provided
Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited
Technical quality parameters must be met (s.a. rubbing, perspiration, light and washing fastness and shrinkage values)
Raw-material samples are collected for residue testing in labs that are accredited according to strict regulations.
Manufacturing plants that are GOTS certified will be audited once a year. In addition, unannounced "surprise" visits are to be expected.
This chart illustrates how the GOTS-certification grade compares to others, with regards to the criterion listed above. The GOTS is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide.