Textile Exchange is a strong supporter of GOTS, and we encourage all companies to strive to have their products meet this important standard.
The Global Organic Textile Standard is a comprehensive standard that allows companies to ensure that their organic fiber products are produced to very strict criteria relating to quality, tracking, and social and environmental considerations.
OE Standards and GOTS: Quick Reference Guide
OE Standards and GOTS
The mission of Textile Exchange (TE) (formerly Organic Exchange, OE) is to catalyze global market forces to expand organic fiber agriculture. One of the goals that the TE Board of Directors has identified is to ‘establish a solid framework to ensure organic product integrity’. Texitle Exchange is actively doing this by creating tools and bringing together key players for education and training at every opportunity.
The market for organic fiber products is growing rapidly, and there has been a rapid increase in the number of companies involved. Our goal is to support this growth while protecting organic product integrity.
The Organic Exchange Standards (OE 100 and OE Blended) were developed to support organic product integrity by filling a gap in the market; companies needed a way to validate the presence of organic fiber in their finished products. At the time the OE standards were developed, there was no existing textile certification standard that covered only the handling and tracking of the organic cotton throughout the supply chain. Even with the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), there was still a need for a standard that addressed the cases where GOTS did not apply, such as the blending of conventional and organic fibers, or the use of over 30% non-organic fiber content. Although the OE standards do not offer the same comprehensive coverage as GOTS, they do ensure integrity when organic cotton is being used, and allow the industry to continue to innovate and grow in many ways. This is particularly beneficial to farmers as it allows for increased use of organic cotton.
The OE standards may be used for different reasons:
The OE standards were developed with the input from an Advisory Committee consisting of certification experts from around the world, including representatives of the founding GOTS committee. We have hosted certification sessions at our various conferences during which we ask for input on our products and processes, and we continue to welcome any feedback that will make us more effective and promote greater security for the organic fiber market.
Texitle Exchange is fully committed to facilitating the sustainable growth of the organic fiber industry while focusing on product integrity. All of our efforts, from the OE standards and the tools we develop, to the meetings and trainings we hold, support this goal. GOTS is also key tool for supporting this goal, and our collective tools and efforts combine to build a healthy and sustainable market.