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GOTS’ Latest Factory Monitoring Tool Focuses on Water and Energy Consumption

Water and energy consumption are getting greater attention in the apparel supply chain.

The latest version of the Global Organic Textile Standard’s (GOTS) “Monitor” software was released last week, will focus on evaluating factories’ compliance when it comes to water and energy consumption (per kilogram of textile output), and targets and procedures to reduce energy and water consumption.

This additional level of coordination allows GOTS to help set achievable reductions in resource consumption for businesses, according to the organization, while reinforcing a sustainable business model.

Version 2.0 of the “Monitor” corrects certain bugs, and GOTS said stability, scalability and portability for the software have all been improved.

GOTS, itself, is a collection of four member organizations: the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in the U.S., IVN in Germany, Soil Association in the U.K. and the Japan Overseas Cooperation Association. These organizations, in concert with other international groups with expertise in organic farming and eco-friendly textile production, offer certification for textile production centers that follow the Global Organic Textile Standard and work to limit excessive resource consumption.

In March, GOTS announced an 8.2 percent increase in GOTS-certified facilities in 2107, reaching 5,024 such facilities, compared to 4,642 in 2016. These facilities can be found in 62 countries and employ 1.74 million people worldwide, according to the organization. India has the highest concentration of GOTS-certified facilities with 1,658, followed by 534 in Bangladesh, and Germany, which boasts 480 certified textile production centers.

Textile producers can become GOTS-certified by undergoing annual inspections of production areas. Certification specialists trace organic fiber product flow, verify waster water treatment and assess the social and environmental impacts of all inputs and accessories used in the production process. GOTS then compiles this information into a database, giving organic textile producers access to global sustainability benchmarks and examples of successful organic textile production operations.