Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Organic cotton fabric leaders get GOTS certification
Organic cotton fabric leaders get GOTS certification
10
Feb '12
Apparel and interior designers, home sewers, and product manufacturers looking for organic fabrics processed without harmful finishing agents need look no further! Popular fabric designer Harmony Art, based in Gualala, CA, and online fabric retailer Organic Cotton Plus, based in Ridgefield, CT, have become certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard(GOTS). GOTS certification requires the use of organic fiber while prohibiting the use of toxic finishing agents, such as formaldehyde, and child labor. Organic Cotton Plus fabrics are available its website.

Harmony Art fabrics are available from Organic Cotton Plus and several other retailers.

Organic Cotton Plus is the oldest organic fabric business in the U.S., opening in 1991. In 2010, it was acquired by Fox-Rich Textiles, Harmony Art's fabric supplier. In 2005, Harmony Art changed its focus to designing only for organically grown cotton, adding color and design to what had been mostly white and natural color fabrics. Harmony Art is the U.S.'s first solely organic fabric designer to get certified to GOTS. The two companies sell to hundreds of companies in North America and overseas.

“We have sourced and designed high-quality, attractive GOTS-certified fabric since it became available in 2007,” says Harmony Susalla, Harmony Art owner/designer. “Now that we're certified, we have paved the way for our end-product manufacturers to become GOTS certified and complete the supply chain – providing consumers with a field-to-fashion organic product! When it comes to fiber, we are where the organic food movement was more than a decade ago.”

“We are proud to have raised the bar as to what is possible in the textile world,” said Linda Hayes, Organic Cotton Plus manager, who warehouses the fabrics in Starr, SC. “Consumers will get the same high quality fabric and colorful designs they expect and enjoy,” she continued, “but now they have the reassurance of having third-party, independent certification proving the fabrics are certified organic from field to fabric as well. What is also exciting is that the interest in GOTS-certified fabrics has increased so much, we plan to increase the breadth of our organic fabric offerings 50 percent in 2012!”

The companies are two of the first to get certified to the voluntary standard in North America (by independent certifier OneCert). By doing so, they have dramatically increased the strength of the GOTS supply chain in the region. When manufacturers of finished products using the fabrics get certified, the chain will be complete, and consumers will be able to view reference to GOTS on promotional materials.

The two are also some of the first U.S. companies to get certified to GOTS since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in May, 2011, announced new textile labeling guidelines addressing which textiles may be considered “organic,”— similar to those that are in place for organic food. Finished products must be certified either to GOTS or the USDA standard to be able to carry the claim they are “organic”. As the USDA regulations focus primarily on agricultural production and inputs and do not include processing or manufacturing standards for most textile products, GOTS-certified products may be sold as “organic” in the U.S.


Must ReadView All

Pakistan govt notifies 50% duty drawback on exports

Textiles | On 21st Oct 2017

Pakistan govt notifies 50% duty drawback on exports

The Pakistan government has notified the ‘Duty Drawback of Taxes...

Ghana sets up task force to clamp down on textile piracy

Textiles | On 21st Oct 2017

Ghana sets up task force to clamp down on textile piracy

Ghana’s ministry of trade and industry has set up a taskforce to...

Courtesy: Coach

Fashion | On 21st Oct 2017

US company Coach to change name to Tapestry from Oct 31

Coach Inc., a New York-based house of modern luxury accessories and...

Interviews View All

Anvita Mehra
Confidential Couture

‘It is going to take some time for Indian buyers to get accustomed to...

Milind Khandwe
Hindoostan Innovation Centre

‘Modern technical textile is an indispensable tool for science and...

Anshul Sood
Oceedee

‘Indian footwear market is nascent and largely a trend follower’

Ravindra Jain, Ashish Baid

Oswal Prints Private Limited has been manufacturing and exporting ethnic...

Hardik Sanghvi

Idealin Fogging Systems has been engaged in designing and manufacturing...

Rikesh Mistry

Jupiter Comtex Pvt Ltd, established in 1973, started its textile machinery ...

Marcel Alberts
Eurofibers

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

October 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
77.1%
No
12.9%
Skip
10.0%

Total Votes: 70

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
61.4%
No
28.6%
Skip
10.0%

Total Votes: 70

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
85.7%
No
10.0%
Skip
4.3%

Total Votes: 70

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
75.7%
No
11.4%
Skip
12.9%

Total Votes: 70


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search