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GOTS releases new version of textile standards issued

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has released version 5.0 of textiles standards. GOTS is the worldwide recognized standard for the processing of textiles made with 95 per cent or at least 70 per cent certified organic fibers.

The use of viscose and modal is now restricted to 10 per cent. It’s 25 per cent for sportswear and socks. Lyocell may be used up to 30 per cent because of its more sustainable manufacturing processes. The criteria for the additional fiber material are now stricter regarding environmentally improved and certified regenerated cellulosic fibers. For the first time GOTS will allow combined products such as prams with textile fabrics, bassinets, car seats or furniture with textile fabric upholstery to have certified and labeled fabric components.

Core provisions such as the minimum content of certified organic fibers and the general ban on use of toxic and harmful chemicals, conventional cotton, virgin polyester have been maintained. Version 5.0 includes the tightening of composition requirements with respect to regenerated cellulosic fibers. On the other hand, the new possibility of combined products with fabric components certified to GOTS helps include a range of products that could not carry the GOTS label in the past.