The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard grew more than 18 percent last year to 3,663 facilities from 3,085 in 2013. GOTS certified facilities are now located in 64 countries around the world.
GOTS is recognized worldwide as a leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. GOTS certification enables consumers to purchase items that are certified organic from field to finished product.
Countries with the greatest increase in GOTS certification in 2014 were India, with a 338 increase; Bangladesh, with 89 more facilities; Germany, with a gain of 32; Turkey, with 21 added, and China, with a gain of 18 facilities.
The top 15 countries with the most GOTS-certified facilities are India, Turkey, Germany, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Italy, South Korea, Portugal, Japan, France, the U.S., U.K., Austria and Hong Kong.
“The growth in certifications demonstrates that GOTS has become the standard of choice for brands and retailers to efficiently manage their organic fiber supply chains,” said Claudia Kersten, GOTS marketing director. “Certification to GOTS also demonstrates a company’s commitment to sustainability through third-party and independent GOTS certification, and reference to GOTS on product labels instead of self-claims.”
According to the Organic Trade Association’s recent Organic Industry Survey, the market for organic textiles is the most rapidly growing non-food organic category in the U.S., reaching $1.1 billion in sales in 2014. The sector grew 18 percent in 2014, its strongest growth since 2009. Much of this growth is the result of the 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture policy requiring companies labeling their textiles as “organic” to certify their products to the U.S. organic food standard or GOTS, as well as grocery retailers urging their suppliers to become certified to GOTS.
The number of companies in the U.S. gaining certification in 2014 increased 20 percent over 2013 and included Burt’s Bees Baby, Boll & Branch, IMM Group, Loomstate, Maggie’s Organics, MetaWear, Michael Stars, Organics and More, Portico, Synergy Organic Clothing, Under the Canopy, PACT Apparel, Welspun and Xamax. The companies make an array of products, from apparel for all ages to beds and bedding, and personal care products.
The First International GOTS Conference, which is sold out, takes place on May 22 in Mumbai, India.