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GOTS Certification Sees Steady Growth as Interest in Organic Increases

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Last year alone, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified more than 150 new facilities, bringing its total number to 3,814 in 68 countries.

The leading processing standard for textiles made with organic fibers, GOTS provides the type of backing that lets consumers buy items that have been certified as organic from field to end product.

Growth has flourished as the market for organic textiles takes off. According to the Organic Trade Association’s latest Organic Industry Survey, organic textiles is the most rapidly growing non-food organic category in the U.S. The sector grew 18 percent in 2014 to $1.1 billion in sales.

GOTS marketing director Claudia Kersten, said, “The figures show that GOTS’ credible and independent certification of the entire supply chain is an important driver for the business case for sustainability – in contrast to mere self-claims.”

India led with the largest increase in certifications in 2015 at 74, followed by Europe with 58, Turkey with 27 and Bangladesh with 21 new certified facilities.

The top five countries in terms of the total number of GOTS certified facilities are: India (1,441), Turkey (489), Germany (306), Bangladesh (210) and China (201).

Asheboro Elastics, O Ecotextiles and the ErgoBaby Carrier were among the American companies that became GOTS certifies in 2015.

GOTS said 847,749 workers are employed at 2,799 of its certified facilities, and that number will likely reach closer to 1 million once final figures are in.

“We will, with the cooperation of the independent GOTS certifiers and academic research, collect and report additional data in order to demonstrate GOTS’ ecological and social impact,” GOTS managing director Herbert Ladwig said.