As issues of sustainability and brand certification become more important, so has the Global Organic Textile Standard increased its scope.
The number of facilities certified to GOTS increased 11 percent to surpass the 3,000 mark in 2012, growing to 3,016 in 2012 from 2,714 facilities in 2011, according to new data from the GOTS International Working Group.
Considered the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers worldwide, GOTS certification means consumers are purchasing items certified organic from field to finished product.
“Increasingly, consumers are demanding ecologically and socially responsibly processed textiles, and companies are searching for tools to make their supply chains more sustainable,” said Herbert Ladwig, GOTS managing director.
The top 20 countries for the number of GOTS-certified facilities were India, Turkey, China, Germany, Pakistan, South Korea, Italy, Bangladesh, Japan, the U.K., France, Portugal, the U.S., Austria, the Netherlands, Greece, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Peru and Switzerland.
While the top three countries remained the same as the previous year, Germany rose to fourth place, surpassing Pakistan, and Portugal moved from 20th to 12th place by more than doubling the number of its certified facilities. In addition, companies became certified in five countries — Bahrain, Colombia, Kenya, New Zealand and Paraguay — with no previous GOTS-certified manufacturing. GOTS certified facilities are now located in 62 countries around the world.
Overall, Europe led the way with a 44 percent increase in the number of GOTS-certified facilities from 2011 to 2012. Countries with the greatest increase in facilities gaining GOTS certification in 2012 were India, China, South Korea, Germany, Bangladesh and Portugal.
The U.S. ranks 13, with the number of GOTS-certified facilities increasing to 44 from 40 in the year, which the organization said reflected the increased awareness of U.S. organic textile policy that requires companies claiming their fiber products are organic to be certified either to GOTS or the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program’s standards.
In October, GOTS and the Soil Association launched the first global organic cotton campaign, asking textile industry leaders, “Have you cottoned on yet?” to urge them to sign on and publicly commit to supporting organic fiber production and processing to GOTS.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye