We believe that, beyond even our ducks, it is our greatest obligation to be ethical and sustainable in our brand. Our commitment to being sustainable and transparent are evident from the sourcing of our blank apparels. We source our apparel from one of few businesses in the industry that undergo the most comprehensive organic certification process, The Global Organic Textile Standard, otherwise known as GOTS. We pride ourselves on producing apparel that is of the highest quality, that can be loved and appreciated to the fullest extent of its lifetime. In order to shift the world of fast fashion, where consumers overconsume, brands overproduce, and pollution and environmental consequences are rampant, we must first lead as an example ourselves.
As a continuation of our commitment to sustainability and traceability, we have completed the most comprehensive organic certification process in the industry. Our heavyweight organic fleece is 100% GOTS certified organic. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
From the harvesting of the raw materials to the labelling, this certification is a credible assurance to the end consumer of an organically produced product. The sad reality is that without these types of certifications businesses and brands get away with rampant greenwashing tactics and it is especially bad in the apparel industry. As a society we should demand transparency, authentication, and certification from our suppliers. It is the very reason we went through this laborious and thorough process for our clients.
You will see these special GOTS markings on the tags and packaging of our fleece products indicating this certification which is of massive importance in authenticating and verifying organic standards. The aim of the standard is to define internationally recognized requirements that ensure organic status of the entire apparel garment.
What is GOTS?
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
The aim of the standard is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles; from the harvesting of raw materials, environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, through labelling that provides a credible assurance to the end consumer.
This certification is accepted in all major markets, giving certified goods the assurance of global adherence and standardization with their organic standards.
They Key Features of GOTS Certification
The GOTS certification means that products are made with organic materials under strict environmental and social conditions included in the certification.
Organic fiber production is not directly covered by the GOTS certification system, as GOTS itself does not set standards for organic fiber cultivation. Instead, the cultivation of organic fibers is under the scope of organic farming standards, many of them defined by national governments - such as the IFOAM Family of Standards.
Social & Environmental Criteria
GOTS evaluates the processing and manufacturing of textiles on the basis of both, environmental and social criteria. This means assessing everything from the chemical inputs being used to the ethical treatment of workers. To become GOTS certified, it is mandatory to meet all of the criteria.
All Processing Stages
The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles carrying a GOTS certification. All must be certified to strict ecological and social criteria in order for the product to carry the GOTS label. In this way, the GOTS puts an end to greenwashing.
Third Party Certifications
On-site inspection and certification of processors, manufacturers and traders is performed by independent Third-Party GOTS accredited Certification Bodies and forms the basis of the GOTS monitoring system. It serves to provide a credible assurance for the integrity of GOTS certified textiles.
The Benefit of a GOTS Certification
- Products carrying GOTS logos contain the credible assurance of organic origin of the product, as well as environmentally and socially responsible processing.
- The entire organic supply chain is covered, from harvesting to manufacturing and trading, delivering credible assurance to end consumers.
- Protection of health, safety and rights of all employees involved in the production of a GOTS certified garment.
- Only low impact GOTS Approved Chemical Inputs free from hazardous substances are allowed to be used for the processing of GOTS Goods.
- GOTS Goods meet technical quality parameters like colorfastness, shrinkage, etc.