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 This Is the Soil Association Organic Standard
Sustainability | 26.01.2017

Inspecting the supply chain for environmental and social criteria

The Soil Association Organic Standard: Textiles Made from Organically Produced Natural Fibers

This Is the Soil Association Organic Standard. The Soil Association Organic Standard is based on the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), better known as the GOTS.
The Soil Association Organic Standard is based on the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), better known as the GOTS.
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The Soil Association Organic Standard is a seal issued by the Soil Association, which was founded in the UK in 1946 and is one of the country’s most well-known organic seals. It initially certified products like food and cosmetics, but has also been certifying clothing and textiles since 2003.

For textiles, the Soil Association Organic Standard is based on the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), of which the Soil Association was one of the founding members.

The Soil Association Organic Standard is based on the GOTS

The GOTS is considered the leading global standard for processing textiles made from organically produced natural fibers and uses environmentally friendly and socially responsible criteria to certify a product’s entire production process, from the production of the original fibers up to the end product, including the supply chain.

The GOTS label certifies organic cotton as well as all other organically produced plant and animal-based natural fibers. Synthetically manufactured fibers made of regenerative raw materials, such as viscose and lyocell, cannot be certified, however. Find information on the Soil Association Organic Standard here.


Dr. Regina Henkel (Quelle: Dr. Regina Henkel)
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