THURSDAY, 15 APRIL 2021

SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING

What does it really mean?

Sustainability

There are quite a few buzzwords around sustainability which makes it hard to differentiate between true environmental impact of our clothing choices. Not all sustainable practices are equal, which is why certification with a recognised governing organisation is imperative to making informed fashion choices.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for materials made with certified organic fibre. The not-for-profit organisation issues a clearly defined set of criteria to meet both environmental and social standards.

“GOTS is an important tool to drive sustainable transformation in a comprehensive way - from field to fashion. Using organic fibres and processing them under strict criteria definitely provides a credible and strong base to be successful in the future” says GOTS Managing Director Claudia Kersten. From harvesting raw fibre, banning the use of hazardous chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), strict wastewater treatment practices and requiring strong social compliance in management systems for workers, GOTS is able to provide credible assurance to the end customer products are ethically made. The standard also takes a long term view of the textiles industry and works in alignment of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability

This transparency empowers consumers to choose truly organic products sourced from green supply chains. Support a sustainable clothing industry by choosing certified organic cotton polos and recycled fibre shirts.

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