The ORGANIC COTTON certification verifies the use of organic cotton from farm to finished product. It is relevant in the textile industry, particularly for clothing and home goods. Products with this label are free from GMOs and have been tested for pesticides and other harmful substances. The certification also extends to the entire supply chain, starting from the ginning facility, which must provide certification of fibers according to international standards.
To acquire the certification, an annual audit is conducted by an OEKO-TEX® institute. The process ensures safety through rigorous testing for pesticides and other substances, even those not yet legally regulated. However, mixtures of conventional and organic cotton are not allowed, limiting the range of products that can be certified.
The certification is valid for one year. While there is no specific information on the renewal process, an annual audit is required, suggesting that renewal would involve a similar procedure.
For organizations, the certification provides a competitive edge by assuring customers of the organic and safe nature of their cotton products. For consumers, it offers peace of mind regarding chemical safety, especially for products that come into close contact with the skin. However, the absence of information on ongoing improvement measures may leave some questions about the certification's adaptability to evolving best practices.