How to Know Our Clothing or Textile is Organic and Safe?

The meaning of safe clothing or textile is that the process in making the textile is free from hazardous chemical or substance. Harmful substances for instance pesticides, extractable heavy metals, chlorinated organic carriers and preservatives such as pentachlorophenol and tetrachlorophenol are dangerous for human being. In addition some textiles also are the cause of textile contact dermatitis.

Today there are many organic farmers as well as textiles and clothing producers registered, test and certified their products with organic certification bodies. This is very helpful for us as consumers to choose the right products.

There are three large popular certification bodies or institutes that we could refer to while buying the organic clothing and textile. One of them is GOTS which we have mentioned in the previous article, about how affordable it is to buy for organic as low as USD 6. The other two are Skal Organic and Oeko-tex.

GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)

GOTS logoGOTS is the International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard. The group is consists of four member organizations which are; OTA of United States of America, IVN of Germany, Soil Association of United Kingdom and JOCA of Japan. In addition, there are international stakeholder organizations and experts that involve in various aspects of organic farming, environment and socially responsible textile processing.

GOTS is represented in number of countries; such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, Scandinavian countries, Australia and New Zealand. They produce standards for organic textiles, certification as well as licensing and labeling. We can ensure that the products are safe and organic when we see the GOTS logo on them.

Skal Organic

SKAL logoSkal organic is another good reference for us to know whether the products that we are buying safe and organic. Skal was founded in Netherland in 1985. It is a non-profit inspection body for the organic production in accordance with the public law, based on EU-Regulations 834/2007 and 889/2008. Since 1992 Skal has been operating with new name, the Foundation Skal where its main office is in Zwolle, Netherlands.

Skal is really an independent organization, free from government, countries, United Nations or any companies. That is one of the reasons why Skal certification is valuable and well accepted in many countries. Further Skal has strong relationship with many organic organizations and government institutions in many countries around the world.

Readers could know whether the products are certified by them by looking at Skal’s “Eko” logo printed in your clothing or textiles products.


The third one is Oeko-tex standards. The Öko-Tex Standard 1000 is a certification for companies, which required products are compliance with specified criteria that avoiding or limit the uses of harmful substances or chemical in their production.

Another standard is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 or Öko-Tex Standard 100. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a testing and certification system for textiles that limit the use of certain chemicals. The standard was developed in 1992 and is shared among 17 test institutes that make up one larger organization, the International Oeko-Tex Association. International Oeko-Tex Association has offices more than 40 countries globally.

Readers could check the logo “Confidence in Textiles” when shopping for clothing and textiles. This is the warranty given by this standard.

Oeko-tex is possibly the largest and the most successful label for textiles tested for harmful substances so far. Many institutes involved in Oeko-tex such as Aitex of Spain, Nissenken of Japan, ÖTI – Institut für Ökologie of Germany and IFTH of France.

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