Organic textiles: not afraid of "standards" but worried about "hype"
not long ago, the global organic textile standards working group released the organic textile certification standard with a minimum value of 1s standard (gots) version 3.0. The revised content of the new clause involves many links from fiber processing to garment production, which are quite satisfactory. However, rather than worrying about how to adapt to the contents of the new regulations, some export enterprises that have participated in the certification in China are more distressed by the excessive hype of the concept of organic textiles
certification has become a stepping stone to the European and American markets
similar to some ecological textile certification standards that have sprung up in recent years, organic textile certification is not a rigid regulation on exported textiles and clothing. This seemingly dispensable certificate has now become a customs clearance certificate that many export enterprises must hold. Mr. Li, a representative of a garment export enterprise in Guangdong, felt deeply about this: "now, more and more European customers will ask us for the certification certificate of organic textiles. Especially those high-end clothing brands, they pay special attention to this certification standard."
due to the enhancement of consumers' awareness of ecological and environmental protection, organic textiles have achieved seamless connection with the market from the concept of niche. When world-renowned brands such as Nike, Levi's, Timberland and Wal Mart, Marks & Spencer's and large supermarkets in Europe and America all send out the message of great demand for organic textiles, the certification of organic textiles is regarded by export enterprises as a stepping stone to open the high-end markets in Europe and America. Beijing aikesaile Certification Center is an organization engaged in the certification of organic products. According to you le, the textile department of the certification center, the number of enterprises participating in the global certification of organic textiles has increased in the past two years. At present, large export enterprises can achieve an annual output value of 1billion yuan, and the products are mainly cotton textile products and infant clothing
most export enterprises believe that there are two main reasons why organic textile certification is favored by European and American clothing enterprises, especially high-end clothing brands. In addition to the above-mentioned factors of increasing consumer demand, on the other hand, it is because only high-end clothing brands have the ability to absorb the high cost of organic textiles. "The production cost of a certified organic garment is 50% higher than that of an ordinary garment. Garment enterprises with low added value cannot accept such a price at all." Mr. Li explained
in fact, such a high comparative cost is closely related to the content and audit standards of the certification system. It is understood that the purpose of the global organic textile certification standard is to ensure that organic textiles meet the specifications from harvesting raw materials, to production through environmental protection and in line with enterprise social methods, and to the final product packaging and labeling. The audit covers the whole process of all natural fiber planting, processing, packaging, labeling, export, storage and transportation since the implementation of the quota system. In short, this certification system is not only for the detection of final samples, but for the monitoring of all production links from spinning, weaving, printing and dyeing, sewing and so on. This also means that enterprises applying for certification need to invest more in production and manufacturing to ensure that the processing links can meet the relevant requirements of organic standards
advantageous enterprises are not afraid of the "standard" threshold
in addition to the normative requirements for the production process of organic textiles and clothing, the global organic textile certification also includes a unique social certification system. It sounds as if this has increased the difficulty of enterprise certification. Is the threshold of organic textile certification here? For the doubt, you le explained, "it is not difficult for large export enterprises to meet the social requirements in the certification standards. In fact, the provisions mentioned in the article to provide employees with a safe and hygienic working environment and prohibit the employment of child labor must be observed by every legally operated enterprise."
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