The Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTs, is the world-leading textile producing standard for organic fibres. Organic cotton that carries GOTs certification is proven to meet a number of criteria, including that of ecology and social responsibility – from harvesting the raw material to manufacture and labelling to provide assurance to the end consumer.
A textile product that carries a GOTs label must meet a long list of strict criteria, which includes:
- Products must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres.
- During all stages of processing, organic fibre products must be separated from conventional fibre products.
- The fibre should not be treated with toxic or carcinogenic substances such as bleach, formaldehyde, heavy metals, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
- Only non-toxic dyes should be used to colour the organic cotton.
- All producers must have an environmental policy which includes targets and procedures to minimise waste and discharges.
- Ensure that safe working practices for staff are adhered to.
The standard is internationally recognised as tough to achieve because it goes far beyond verifying the organic farming process to include every step of the manufacturing process.
As farming practices are scrutinised and more people are wanting to know where their products come from, clothing made from GOTs certified organic cotton can give consumers peace of mind that the products that they are using meet strict ethical, social and environmental standards.
Is organic cotton better?
At Cotton Boulevard, we certainly think that organic cotton is better than traditional cotton, which is why all our clothing for babies and toddlers is made using 100% organic cotton. But you don’t need to just take our word for it, as organic cotton provides a number of benefits over that of conventional cotton. These include:
Organic cotton is better for the environment:
- The production of organic cotton uses 92% less water than it takes to produce conventional cotton.
- It is a sustainable crop.
- No insecticides, pesticides or chemicals are used on the land or crop which means that both soil and rivers are cleaner and safer – which in turn benefits animals and insects. (Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides).
- It provides positive social and economic benefits to the farmers who grow the crop.
Organic cotton production is safer for farmers as they are not exposed to harmful toxins in the field or through their food and water supply.
Organic cotton is safer for babies and toddlers:
- Conventional cotton can be coarse or scratchy. Organic cotton is much softer and gets softer over time – even after many washes. This means that it is kinder to the sensitive and delicate skin of babies and toddlers.
- Being free from pesticides and harmful toxins, organic cotton baby clothing ensures that children are not exposed to any harmful substance which could cause allergies, irritations or even breathing difficulties.
Our GOTs Certified organic cotton baby and toddler clothing
At Cotton Boulevard we know where every single fibre of our organic cotton baby clothes comes from. That’s because we work closely with our farmers who grow the organic cotton and the team at the production facility. Both the organic cotton that we use and the production facility are GOTs certified.
Our organic cotton baby and toddler clothing is lovingly designed and carefully made, is incredibly soft on delicate skin, and is available in a range of sizes – from premature babies through to toddlers up to 4 years old.
Our product range includes blankets, body suits, rompers, sleepsuits, dresses, tunics, t-shirts, polo shirts, joggers, and dungarees – and we are always updating and adding to our range. If you are unsure about the difference between body suits, rompers and sleep suits, we have produced a handy guide.
If you have any questions about our clothing, or would like more information on the organic cotton that we use, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have.