Fifty companies in the US have now been certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), while Canada now has seven companies certified to the programme.

Ramblers Way Farm Inc of Kennebunk, Maine, which manufactures garments made from GOTS certified organic wool, was the fiftieth company to be added to the GOTS public database for the US.

GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing  – including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing – of apparel and home textiles made with organic fibre such as organic cotton and organic wool. The standard includes both environmental and social criteria.

Key provisions include a ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), highly hazardous chemicals such as azo dyes and formaldehyde, and child labour, while requiring strong social compliance management systems and strict wastewater treatment practices.

In 2015, more than 3,800 facilities were certified to GOTS in 68 countries. The number of workers reported in 3,419 GOTS certified facilities exceeded 1,050,000.

Certification enables consumers to purchase items that are certified organic from field to finished product.