Soil association england organic trade association

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Soil Association, England Organic Trade Association, USA Japan Organic Cotton Association, Japan. The fi rst edition of GOTS was launched in 2006. The most recent version of GOTS (version 4.0) has been valid since March 2014. The aim of GOTS is to de fi ne globally recognized requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from the harvesting of the raw materials, through envi- ronmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling, in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer. Although this label is based on certi fi ed organic fi bers, GOTS has very strict demands, not only in terms of the use of cotton fi bers (or other natural fi bers) produced according to organic agriculture rules, but also for the rules concerning all stages of textile and clothing production, from the fi ber to the fi nal product. If the product is marketed as organic or organic in conversion, at least 95 % of the fi ber content of the products (excluding accessories) must be of certi fi ed organic origin or from in conversion. If the product is marketed as made with X % organic materials or made with X % organic in conversion materials, then 70 % of the fi ber content of the products (excluding accessories) must be of certi fi ed organic origin or from in conversion. There are several requirements for chemical inputs in all processing stages, banning several inputs, including the following: Aromatic and/or halogenated solvents Brominated and chlorinated fl ame retardants Chlorinated benzenes Chlorophenols (including their salts and esters) Complexing agents and surfactants (prohibited are all APs and APEOs (i.e. NP, OP, NPEO, OPEO, APEOs terminated with functional groups, APEO-polymers, EDTA, DTPA, NTA, LAS, α -MES) Endocrine disruptors Inputs that contain or generate formaldehyde and other short-chain aldehydes GMOs and their derivatives (including enzymes derived from GMOs) or made from GMO raw materials (e.g. starch, surfactants, or oils from genetically modi fi ed plants) Heavy metals (all inputs must be heavy metal free, although certain limits are allowed for impurities) 188 L. Almeida
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Inputs (e.g. azo dyes and pigments) releasing carcinogenic arylamine com- pounds (MAK III, categories 1 4) Inputs containing functional nanoparticles (including all nano fi nishes, namely nanosilver, structured nanosurfaces, nano-TiO 2 , etc.) Inputs with halogen-containing compounds (if they contain >1 % permanent AOX) Organotin compounds Plasticizers (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalates, bisphenol A, and all other plasticizers with endocrine-disrupting potential) Per- and poly fl uorinated compounds, such as per fl uorinated carboxylic acid (including per fl uorooctanoic acid), per fl uorooctane sulfonate (including per fl u- orosulfonic acid) and fl uorotelomer alcohol Quaternary ammonium compounds (DTDMAC, DSDMAC and DHTDMAC) Short-chain chlorinated paraf fi ns (SCCPs, C 10 13 ) Substances and preparations that are prohibited for application in textiles with a
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