Is GOTS or OEKO-TEX Fabric Better for my Child’s Clothing?

As parents, we inherently want to ensure we do the best for our children. From deciding what they eat to the clothing they wear. So I thought it would be helpful to explain some of the terms you may see used in children's fashion that wasn't around when we were children. GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or OEKO-TEX, what do they mean and why are they important?

What is OEKO-TEX Standard Fabric?

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Many of you may have seen new labels popping up all over the place with the words OEKO-TEX Standard 100, but what on earth does that mean?

OEKO-TEX is a fabric test for harmful substances. That's why it appears on products such as clothing and threads. If a product you buy has the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 label, you can be sure that no harmful substances to human health are used to make it, including the poppers/buttons and even the thread used to make the garment.

However, this has no impact on how 'green' or eco-friendly the product is, nor does it tell you that the manufacturing process pays a fair wage at all production stages. Not unless it also carries a Made in Green credential too.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where counterfeit items are an issue. However, you can always check the labels to ensure what you're buying is OEKO-TEX certified by using this link

Want more information on OEKO-TEX? Visit the official website here


What is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Fabric?

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Another popular term within fashion is GOTS or Global Organic Textile Standard. It is mainly associated with fabric and lets you know that the material is Organic. 

Organic cotton is grown using practices that protect the environment and also strive to improve it. There are no dangerous chemicals, pesticides or fertilisers used in the farming of organic cotton. It is fantastic news for planet earth but also for us too!

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is very thorough and covers every supply chain step. It is the most comprehensive accreditation covering fibre production, processing and manufacturing currently available. It also includes social criteria from the International Labour Organisation.  

These include:

  • Employment is freely chosen (no forced labour)
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Must not use child labour 
  • A fair wage must be paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practised
  • Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited

So as you can see, the GOTS standard of fabric is much more comprehensive and encompasses social and environmental standards. 

Find out more about GOTS here


In Conclusion

So as you can see, whilst both OEKO-TEX and GOTS ensure a product's safety from harmful chemicals and substances, only GOTS ensures social criteria are met. It is one reason I'm working hard to ensure that I purchase GOTS certified fabric.

I'm determined to ensure the real living wage is paid, which is why I've already factored this cost into my products. 

I hope you've found this blog post helpful, and those terms no longer cause you confusion whilst shopping. 

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