What is GOTS ?
Global Organic Textiles Standard, or GOTS, is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres worldwide. It defines the highest level environmental and social standards, with the aim to define requirements to ensure the organic status of textiles.
Under GOTS factories are audited to check that workers are provided with a safe and clean environment and are paid a living wage (which means either the national standard or industry benchmark, whichever is higher.)
GOTS prohibits the use of chemicals commonly used in textile processing that can cause serious illnesses and bans the use of any pollutants which can destroy eco-systems. This means happier farmers and factory workers, and a happier planet. As part of the sustainability management criteria, GOTS requires each factory to tell them how much water and energy they use to process the cotton. They also target goals and procedures to help reduce energy and water consumption.
Allergenic and toxic chemical residues are not allowed in GOTS certified clothing. This is a big plus, as it means our clothes are kinder to delicate skin, and less likely to trigger nasty allergies.
We also use non-toxic dyes to further reduce our chemical footprint, due to the nature of these dyes over time colours may not appear as bright as toxic dyed and synthetic fabrics.
One of the main fibres we use is GOTS organic cotton. Organic cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy.
Where are DulcieDot Garments Made ?
Our garments are handmade in both Sydney, Australia and in Agra, India.
We are proud to partner with The Social Outfit in Sydney, Australia. The Social Outfit is a social enterprise and charity empowering people from refugee and new migrant backgrounds, with a particular focus on female humanitarian migrants by providing employment and training in clothing production, retail, design and marketing. As well as manufacturing and selling ethical and sustainable quality products that help to financially support these communities.
Our makers in India work under FairTrade conditions ISO certified to SA8000. SA8000 certification is the leading global social certification that ensures that the workplace is operated under ethical practices, and they are dedicated to fair treatment of all staff. We continue our mission of ensuring FairTrade and an active focus on social responsibility. Our manufacturers factory is also certified to the GOTS standard.