GOTS: New version 4.0 released
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The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) International Working Group has announced Version 4.0 of its standard for the processing of textiles made from certified organic fibers. GOTS' core provisions such as the 70 % minimum content of certified organic fibres, bans on GMO, nanotechnology and carcinogenic substances have been maintained. There are modified rules on the conventional 'additional fibre materials': These now may consist of regenerated, respective synthetic fibres - up to 30 % - provided they are environmentally improved and certified. Other changes include the bans on virgin polyester and of angora (recently in the headlines due to animal cruelty concerns).
New criteria were adopted for specific product groups, such as textile personal care products or mattresses. The most important addition to the social criteria that are based on the ILO key conventions (eg. banning child labour) is to take into consideration available results of various other reliable programs and certification schemes in this field. More information is available from GOTS.
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