Textile Certifications

 GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard

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.

Textile products must consist of at least 70 percent organically produced natural fibers to be awarded a GOTS label. The GOTS label will show the percentage of organic fibers within the textile.  Kb-T & Kb-A are German abbreviations and refer to the organic standards of the  natural fibers. 

Kb-T stands for "certified animal husbandry", used for textiles such as wool. No mulesing is allowed to be performed on the sheep – a criticized, painful procedure performed to prevent parasitic infection in sheep. Kb-A stands for "controlled organic cultivation", and is used for textiles such as cotton.

As soon as a product consists of at least 95 percent certified organically produced natural fibers, it may carry the GOTS label "kbA/kbT" or "Bio" or "organic" without having to indicate a percentage.   



IVN BEST  – "Naturtextil" IVN certified BEST

This quality seal, well known within Europe, currently sets the strictest ecological standard for textile production at the highest technical level currently feasible. BEST reflects the standards for eco-friendly textiles developed by the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN) since 1990 and reviews the entire textile production chain both in terms of ecological standards and in terms of social accountability. IVN Best exceeds the GOTS standard, which permits up to 30% non-organic fibers. IVN is the only standard requiring 100% natural fibers. Production under IVN matches the GOTS standard. Using the IVN seal requires the membership and certification according to IVN standards.  



Find out more at https://global-standard.org/