The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world's leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. The aim of the standard is to define globally recognized requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labeling in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers should be able to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.
Two labels exist for this standard according to the composition of the product to be certified:
Organic textiles - it requires 95% minimum of fibres coming from organic agriculture (with 5% maximum of synthetic or artificial fibres).
Textiles containing organic fibres - it requires 70% minimum of fibres coming from organic agriculture (with 10% maximum of synthetic or artificial fibres, this threshold to 25% for footwear and sportswear and 30% for recycled, made from organic raw material or substainable fibers ).