IFOAM-Organics International calls for the widespread adoption of a whole-chain-approach to organic textiles

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IFOAM - Organics International calls for the widespread adoption of a whole-chain-approach to organic textiles. At the General Assembly in 2017, a motion was adopted, stating that:

“Textiles advertised/labelled ‘organic’ and made with organic fibers produced according to recognized standards (e.g. IFOAM Family of Standards), should also be processed to a standard (endorsed by IFOAM - Organics International) that prohibits hazardous and residual inputs according to a clear procedure.

IFOAM - Organics International acknowledges that such standards should cover the whole supply chain (as is the case with food). Stating the organic fiber content (“contains X% organic cotton”), e.g. through the Organic Content Standard by Textile Exchange, is a relevant step.

IFOAM - Organics International will communicate this to stakeholders and engage with them for the widespread adoption of a whole-chain-approach (chain of custody) to labelling organic textile products."

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is to date the only textile processing standard endorsed by IFOAM-Organics International. A short 4-minute video explains why consumers should look for the GOTS label on organic textiles. The video is available in many languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and Turkish. 

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