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What does it mean for a garment to be GOTS-certified?

We talk to clothing brand Friends with Frank about the GOTS certification and the benefits of this for workers and the environment.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a globally recognised and independent certification for organic textiles. From the harvesting of raw materials to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, every step in the supply chain is highly regulated.

For a final product to achieve GOTS certification, everyone in the supply chain, including all processors, manufacturers and traders of textiles, need certification.

At the heart of it, GOTS-certified organic cotton is grown from non-genetically modified seeds, and without the use of fertiliser or pesticides.

The elimination of toxic chemicals from the farming process reduces pollution, water contamination and the degradation of soil. It also safeguards the health of farmers and local communities in cotton-growing areas.

The alternative, conventional cotton, is one of the most chemical-intensive crops to grow, and uses the most water to produce. The process requires a lot of pesticides, which has a negative impact on the environment. 

For the end consumer of a GOTS certified garment, they can be confident in knowing that zero harmful chemicals are used at any stage of the production process. There are further benefits of wearing organic cotton, it’s a natural fibre that is beautifully breathable, durable, and soft on the skin. Organic cotton is easy to wear and care for, making it a suitable choice for no-fuss everyday wear.

Friends with Frank have designed everyday staples that are GOTS-certified, including the Classic Tee and Classic Tank. From fabric to craftsmanship, shape and cut, they believe that to produce a true luxury basic – the kind you treasure and wear daily – that GOTS-certified organic cotton is a true winner.

Read our article on the different types of sustainable fabric here.

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