Benefits / Downsides:
Environmental Standards: GOTS sets stringent environmental criteria that govern the entire lifecycle of textile production, from resource extraction to the final product, focusing on reducing the ecological footprint.
Social Standards: It enforces ethical practices, ensuring workers in the textile industry receive equitable treatment and safe working environments.
Transparency: It promotes clarity and accountability through a process where every production step is thoroughly documented by independent Third-Party GOTS accredited Certification Bodies
International Recognition: GOTS is a trusted name in organic textile certification, valued globally by consumers and industry leaders for its commitment to environmental and social responsibility.
Cost: Obtaining the GOTS certification can be expensive, especially for small businesses.
Limited scope: GOTS only certifies organic textiles, so it may not be suitable for companies that produce non-organic textiles or that use a combination of organic and non-organic fibers.
Enforcement: Enforcement of the GOTS standards can be difficult, especially for companies that operate in countries with weak regulatory systems. Even with the GOTS certification being verified by third-party auditors, some investigations have discovered fraud involving GOTS-certified textiles that weren’t produced with organic crops. As a result, some GOTS certifiers like OneCert, EcoCert, and Control Union have been banned in the EU; OneCert even lost its license to certify under GOTS.
Complexity: The GOTS standards are complex and can be difficult to understand for people who are not familiar with the textile industry or sustainability issues.