The label on those cozy pajamas you are eyeing for your little one says made with 100% organic cotton. Most of us will assume that the word ‘organic’ means the clothing was made without harmful chemicals and therefore free of any toxic residues. Yet, all it means is that the cotton that was used to make the fabric was grown according to organic farming standards. While that is a great start, seeing the word ‘organic’ on a label does not address the manufacturing process. And it’s during manufacturing where that pristinely-made organic cotton fabric can be subject to hundreds of toxic chemicals that can leave their residue on the final product.
For clothing that is guaranteed free of harmful toxic residues, look for the GOTS label. GOTS stands for the Global Organic Textile Standard and it’s the gold standard when it comes to organic clothing.
What is the Global Organic Textile Standard?
GOTS lays out criteria for the manufacturing, labeling, packaging and distribution of raw fibers (cotton, wool, silk, linen) that are certified organically-grown by a national or international farming standard. By only allowing certified organic fibers to qualify for GOTS certification, GOTS promotes organic and biodynamic farming and avoids GMOs, toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
Throughout every step of the manufacturing process (pre-treatment, dyeing, printing and finishing), GOTS prohibits the use of a long list of toxic chemicals so that they do not end up in the environment, harming factory workers or as toxic residues on the final product.
Partial List of Chemicals That Are Prohibited
chlorinated plastics (i.e. PVC)
brominated and chlorinated flame retardants
complexing agents and surfactants (i.e. NPEs)
plasticizers (i.e. PAH, phthalates, Bisphenol A)
per- and polyfluorinated compounds (i.e. PFOA)
heavy metals: antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, cobalt, copper, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, nickel, mercury, selenium, silver, zinc, tin
Other Items That Cannot Contain Harmful Toxins
Also, buckles, buttons and press-studs, edgings, elastic bands and yarns, embroidery yarns, fasteners and closing systems, inlays, interface, labels, interlinings, pockets, seam bindings, sewing threads, shoulder pads, zips cannot contain asbestos, carbon fibers, silver fibers, chrome, nickel, material from threatened animals, plant or timber or chlorinated plastics such as PVC.
Packaging must not contain PVC. Paper or cardboard in packaging material, hang tags or swing tags must be recycled or certified by the FSC or PEFC. Factories must have a policy for how to handle waste in an ecologically responsible manner.
And finally, manufacturers must follow the key conventions of the International Labor Organization.
Labor cannot be forced or bonded
Workers have the right to join or form trade unions and bargain collectively
Working conditions are safe and hygienic (must teach fire prevention and practice evacuation drills)
No child labor
Workers are paid a living wage, deductions from wages for disciplinary measures is prohibited
Working hours cannot be excessive
Discrimination is prohibited
Employment must be regular
Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited
How to Spot GOTS
Look for the label!
GOTS provides two label-grades of certification:
Grade 1 and Grade 2.
Final products consisting of 95-100% certified organic materials are Grade 1 and list the word ‘organic’ underneath the GOTS logo on the label.
Final products consisting of at least 70% certified organic materials are Grade 2 and list the words ‘made with [X]% organic materials’ underneath the GOTS logo on the label.
GOTS-Certified Clothes: Made with Care
Winter is coming and it’s time to bundle up. If you are looking for that one coat or hat that will last the whole season, and maybe even next winter, you’ve come to the right place. And of course, they are GOTS-certified, exquisitely made and built to last.
Childhood Dream Jacket
We call it the Childhood Dream Jacket because children must have had a say in designing it. It has everything they want so they can stay comfy while they play: large pockets to fit all their precious treasures and an extended back to prevent the jacket from riding up when they bend down to look for them.
A roomy hood doesn’t get in the way of exploring and large tagua buttons are easy for their little fingers to manage. The hood, neck and shoulders are lined with fine organic cotton.
But most importantly, it protects them from the elements without being heavy and bulky. Soft, light and natural, organic boiled wool is practically windproof and yet breathes so it will regulate your child’s temperature.
Heirloom quality, after one child outgrows it, it can be passed down to siblings and then treasured as a keepsake to remember the winters full of play and warmth.
Warm and Cozy Hat
This is the ultimate cold weather hat. It is cut low to keep more of baby’s face warm and to completely cover their ears.
No more bright red cold ears that ache when they come inside!
Organic cotton lines the inside, boiled wool stops the wind on the outside, and two ties make sure it stays in place.
Because it’s made of wool, it naturally adjusts to all kinds of cold weather: cool mild winter nights to snowy days.
Must-Have Bunting for Cold Weather
No need to stay indoors to keep warm. This gorgeous baby bunting made of boiled organic wool will protect your baby against the elements unlike any other outfit.
Breathable, but practically wind proof. Soft and cozy, yet almost waterproof. Comfy is an understatement.
The big hood and neck is lined on the inside with organic cotton so nothing itches baby. Roll-up cuffs on the sleeves and legs customize the fit and big tagua nut buttons down the front allow for easy dressing. Perfect to wear over baby’s clothes when playing and romping around in the snow.
No wonder these are a best-seller. Bring on winter!