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GOTS hosts roundtable for textile industry in US
Mar '18
GOTS hosts roundtable for textile industry in US
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) recently hosted a popular roundtable for the textile sector in Charleston, SC, US. The headline was “Making a Business Case for GOTS Certification”. GOTS roundtables take place all over the globe to connect stakeholders and help with opportunities and provide feedback to GOTS on specific sectoral or regional needs.

The roundtable attracted a packed room of brands, trade associations, textile manufacturers, organic certification agencies, and organic cotton farmers. They heard and discussed presentations on topics ranging from general 2017 GOTS progress, particularly in the apparel and home textiles sector, to supply chain integrity, current and future markets, and international opportunities.

From the Organic Trade Association (OTA), one of the GOTS founding organisations and co-host of the roundtable, Gwendolyn Wyard talked about how GOTS intersects with United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Programme and Monique Marez reported on OTA’s recent marketing survey; why today’s millennial consumer is tomorrow’s organic parent.

Best practice examples how GOTS strengthens the US textile and apparel industry were presented by Marci Zaroff (Metawear) and Eileen Mockus (Coyuchi), both US pioneer enterprises. Furthermore, Angela Wartes-Kahl from Oregon Tilth Certification Organisation (OTCO), one of the GOTS accredited third party certifiers presented on how you can safeguard your company from “Greenwashing” through third-party verification.

GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing) of apparel and home textiles made with organic fibre, and includes both environmental and social criteria. In May 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) formally recognised GOTS certification supporting the proper labelling of textiles sold as “organic” in the US GOTS certification enables consumers to purchase items that are third party certified organic from field to finished product. (GK)

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