The Global Organic Textile Standard asks you: “Got GOTS?”
(Get it? It’s an acronym!)
Nonetheless, if you’re in New York, this might be an event you should look into. The International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS IWG) extends an invitation to a free seminar about the organic textile processing standard in New York City on Tuesday, June 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The event is co-hosted by the Organic Trade Association (member of the IWG), Textile Exchange, and the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Attending will be representatives from along the apparel and textile chain including manufacturers and retailers.
So what exactly is the GOTS? Well here’s their mission in a nutshell:
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers worldwide. It defines high level environmental criteria along the entire supply chain of organic textiles and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
At the training, experts will provide an overview of the standard, case studies of companies certified to GOTS, and a walk-through of the process of getting your company certified. Getting GOTS certification enables your company to offer products to the ever more discerning “green” consumer that are organic from field to finished product and meet the new U.S. Department of Agriculture textile labeling policy which now explicitly permits use of the term “organic” for finished textile articles certified to GOTS.
The meeting will be held at the Sheppard Mullin offices located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 39th Floor in New York City.
The seminar will be kicked off by Ted Max, co-leader of Sheppard Mullin’s Fashion, Apparel and Beauty Team. Speakers include:
– Sandra Marquardt, the GOTS IWG Representative in North America
– Grace Gershuny, OTA Representative to the GOTS IWG Technical Committee
– Stefan Bergill, Sales Manager, econscious (GOTS-certified promotional wear manufacturer)
– Marci Zaroff, Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer, Portico Brand Group (hospitality and retail brand offering GOTS-certified products)
If you can’t make it to the New York event, there will be a San Francisco seminar come fall — so stay tuned for information on that!