We’re excited to announce that we are officially GOTS certified.
Biddle Sawyer Silks are the only organic silk supplier in the UK, and our silk woven fabrics have recently received accreditation from the Global Organic Textile Standard.
GOTS is recognised worldwide as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres, and in order to become GOTS certified, textile products must contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres.
Guaranteeing quality assurance to consumers, GOTS assesses the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles in terms of ecological and social criteria to award them organic certification.
Carried out by independent certification bodies, every part of the production process is analysed from start to finish in order to ensure that all guidelines are adhered to.
What are the GOTS guidelines?
Assessing everything from the production of fibres to the processing and manufacturing, the GOTS standard covers environmental, technical and social criteria. In order for a product to be labelled GOTS, it must meet the strict guidelines.
For the fibre itself to be GOTS certified, the independent bodies require evidence that the organic fibres have been farmed without genetically modified seeds, and without the use of any chemicals, pesticides or AZO dyes. This provides reassurance to the customer that their organic materials contain no harmful or toxic chemicals.
The environmental criteria for processing and manufacturing includes ensuring that any packaging does not contain PVC and the processing of organic textiles must be clearly separated from that of non-organic products.
To guarantee fair and socially responsible production of GOTS fibres, all processors and manufacturers must meet the guidelines of the International Labour Organisation. Their ethical business practices ensure fair wages among workers, safe and hygienic working conditions, no inhumane treatment of workers and no child labour.
Our GOTS certification
Throughout every part of our sourcing and production process here at Biddle Sawyer Silks, we aim to uphold our environmental and social responsibilities. As such, we work only with sustainable and ethical suppliers and manufacturers.
By doing so, we have worked in full compliance with the criteria of GOTS standards, and we are incredibly proud to have been accredited for our silk woven fabrics.
We’re delighted to be able to show this transparency to our customers, who can be sure that our products are completely organic and authentic.
Reducing our impact on the environment is a priority for us, and we’re fully committed to ensuring that we do so in a way that allows us to offer our customers the finest quality organic silks in the UK, as we have done since 1926.
Biddle Sawyer Silks GOTS membership number: SADK28359160920CD20-03909