Planet Textiles 2013 Annual Conference took place in Shanghai on October 22, 2013. This year’s focus was ‘Sustainability in China Reality or fantasy? Nearly 12 international guest speakers including Shirley Han from GOTS were invited to discuss on the sustainable practices in the Chinese textile industry. Han shared information on organic cotton growing in China, as well as the rising demand of organic clothing in China. Her topic on ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Organic in China’ gave information on the growth of organic cotton using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment, organic production systems etc. It also highlighted the benefits and hurdles.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognised world-wide and ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.
Since its introduction in 2006 the Global Organic Textile Standard has already demonstrated its practical feasibility. Supported by the growth in consumption of organic fibres and by the remarkable demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sector, it has gained universal recognition, enabling processors and manufacturers to supply their organic textiles with one certification accepted in all major markets. With the introduction of the logo and labelling system the GOTS is already visible not only on the shelves of natural textile shops but large-scale retailers and brand dealers as well. This is a milestone in consumer recognition and a strong acknowledgement of our reliable quality assurance concept.