Today, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) becomes one of the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programmes Accepted Certification Standards. GOTS approved chemical products will from now on be conformant to ZDHC MRSL Level 1.
Right from the beginning, the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme decided not to develop its own certification system for ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) conformant chemistry to accelerate the global impact of the organisation. ZDHC instead leverages existing certification bodies as indicators of ZDHC MRSL conformance.
“Our community of ZDHC Accepted MRSL Conformance Certification Standards is growing, and we are happy to have the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) on board,” says Scott Echols, ZDHC Programme Director ''To date more than 500 chemical suppliers dyestuffs and chemicals have been assessed by GOTS already and more than 15,000 trade names of colourants and auxiliaries have been listed as approved."
Today, GOTS joins BLC Chem-MAP, ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® and ToxServices Full Materials Disclosure™ (ToxFMD™) as ZDHC Accepted MRSL Conformance Certification Standards. This means that from now on, GOTS approved formulations will be indicated as Level 1 conformant to ZDHC's MRSL. Also, their approved chemical products will directly be verified and officially ranked within the ZDHC Gateway - Chemical Module.
“While the Global Organic Textile Standard prohibits an even greater number of chemical groups, we are pleased that ZDHC has formally recognised GOTS approved chemicals as satisfying Level 1 conformance” says Rahul Bhajekar, Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance from GOTS.
To become a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard, interested organisations can apply here for acceptance of their chemical formulation certification system by the ZDHC Foundation.
To find out more about the accreditation process, please review the ZDHC MRSL Conformance Guidance.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the voluntary textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing). Key provisions include a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and highly hazardous chemicals while requiring strong social compliance management systems and strict waste water treatment practices.