GOTS – Was ist der Global Organic Textil Standard? - NIKIN EU

GOTS – What is the Global Organic Textile Standard?

With the GOTS quality seal, textiles are intended to become more sustainable. At NIKIN we also offer GOTS certified products with part of the range. But what is behind the Global Organic Textile Standard, and how do manufacturers get the coveted label?

The abbreviation GOTS refers to the “Global Organic Textile Standard”. The aim of its development was to create framework conditions that would make the sustainability of the world of work, the working conditions themselves and the impact on the environment and animals as favorable as possible.


This is how GOTS came into being

It all started with a working group that four organizations agreed on in 2008 - the Global Organic Textile Standard International Working Group or IWG. Participants from four countries come together:

  • International Association of the Natural Textile Industry from Germany
  • Organic Trade Association of the United States
  • Soil Association from Great Britain
  • Japan Organic Cotton Association

The combined skills of these participants with regard to the sustainable, ecological and social production of textiles are considerable and form the basis for the development of the GOTS. As a non-profit organization in the legal form of a GmbH, the IWG is responsible for securing and maintaining the standards and the associated certifications and licensing with the GOTS seal.

Check must be for the GOTS label

The “top class” of the quality seal is the controlled organic cultivation of fibers and other products, but also controlled organic animal husbandry, abbreviated as kbA or kbT. To qualify for the GOTS seal, at least 70 percent of textiles must come from controlled organic production. Products that even reach 95 percent are only labeled with the abbreviations kbA/kbT. This stands for high-quality, sustainable fabrics and garments made from them, but also for compliance with the GOTS requirements along the entire supply chain - and this must therefore be transparent. Not only the direct manufacturers are affected, but also the partners for transport and logistics and other participants and users.

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GOTS: What criteria are applied?

The GOTS label includes all phases of the value chain of textiles - however, products made of leather or fur are excluded. The created criteria include the following areas:


  • chemical additives
  • Avoid using materials such as chrome, nickel, PVC
  • Environmental protection program in all partner companies along the value chain

Technical quality

  • Requirements for the technology used
  • Protection against toxic/harmful substances
  • Compliance with limit values ​​for eligible materials/substances

Social compatibility

  • Application of the basic guidelines of the International Labor Organization

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What does a product with a GOTS label mean for the consumer?

For the consumer who buys a certified product, GOTS means safety for themselves and the family, protection against imponderable contamination with substances that are harmful to health and the environment - and a clear conscience thanks to the strict requirements entire value and supply chain. Manufacturers and sellers of textiles who receive the coveted GOTS seal not only strive to comply with passive exclusion criteria, but must also actively ensure the implementation of requirements for a better living and working situation for their employees and be careful in their dealings with the environment to be sustainable. This doesn't make GOTS goods cheap at first glance - but if you consider the associated advantages, they are beneficial for everyone involved in the long term.

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NIKIN is also GOTS certified

We as NIKIN have also been GOTS certified since the beginning of 2019 and parts of our product range have also been GOTS certified since the middle of the same year. Approx. 50% of our cotton items have a GOTS label, and the materials of other products are GOTS certified. We are trying to increase these values ​​and are seeking further certifications. If you are interested in our commitment to sustainability, then ediscover now our sustainability values according to which we produce and our complete list of materials and substances!

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