Organic Certifications Up in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) reports the number of certified facilities grew by more than 18 percent last year, up from 3,085 facilities in 2013 to 3,663 facilities in 2014.

GOTS is recognized worldwide as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. GOTS certified facilities are now located in 64 countries around the world. Growth is evenly spread across all market segments including the mass market and the big brands. GOTS certification enables consumers to purchase items that are certified organic from field to finished product.

Countries with the greatest increase in GOTS certification in 2014 are India, Bangladesh, Germany, Turkey, and China. The Top Fifteen countries in terms of the total number of GOTS-certified facilities are: India, Turkey, Germany, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Italy, South Korea, Portugal, Japan, France, USA, UK, Austria, and Hong Kong.

According to the Organic Trade Association’s recent Organic Industry Survey, the market for organic textiles is the most rapidly growing non-food organic category in the U.S., growing to $1.1 billion in sales in 2014. The sector grew 18 percent in 2014, its strongest growth since 2009. Much of this growth is the result of the 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture policy that requires companies that label their textiles as organic to certify their products to the U.S. organic food standard, or GOTS.