At SAGA Copenhagen, we strive to be as ecological and environmentally aware as possible. It's about our children and their future, but it's also about taking responsibility and making a difference to the world we leave for our children. For this reason, it has been important for us to become GOTS-certified from the very beginning.
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
The little Green Logo with the white shirt will guarantee you that you buy the most environmentally friendly product for your child. A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres.
Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with social criteria.
The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.
GOTS-certification also guarantees social responsibility through good working conditions in all the factories we work with. This means that Social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) must be met by all processors and manufacturers. They must have a social compliance management with defined elements in place to ensure that the social criteria can be met.
- Employment is freely chosen
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Child labour must not be used
- Living wages
- Working hours are not excessive
- No discrimination is practiced
- Regular employment is provided
- Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited
OCS (Organic Content Standard)
This standard has replaced the OE 100 and OE blended standards. This standard is used on products with mixed materials, i.e. textile products with a wooden part, a bell, a music box, polyester or metal parts. Only textiles can become GOTS certified, when the textiles are mixed with other parts, it becomes OCS certified. The production facilities are the same as GOTS and the social responsibility criteria are the same.
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