GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
GOTS is one of the most recognizable organic certificates, and specifically in North America. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading, and distribution of all textiles. It evaluates all chemicals used in the processes, to meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/eliminability and does not allow the use of toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes, no chlorine bleaching, no azo dyes, phthalates, and PVC.
A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers whereas a product labeled with ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Oeko-Tex is one of the oldest and most reliable standards out there. Although less recognizable by customers outside of Europe, when you see it on a product you can be certain it’s been tested for hundreds of chemicals and harmful substances. These include substances in the ready product but also substances that are activated and become harmful during the normal use of the product.
It requires low emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde from foam, whilst it also bans the use of some chemical flame retardants, colorants and allergenic dyes.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 includes regulations regarding prohibited azo dyes, formaldehyde, nickel etc. Chemicals harmful to health are also tested if they have not yet been statutorily regulated. The requirements also take into account the intended use of the textiles. The more intensive the skin contact of a textile product, the stricter the limit values for each product class.
Product class I: Articles for babies and toddlers
Product class II: Articles used close to the skin
Product class III: Articles used away from the skin
Product class IV: Materials
This certificate is only issued by Oeko-Tex themselves, ensuring the above strict criteria is met, giving trust to customers.