At Herdy we are always thinking about how to do the right thing, including how we source the raw materials in our products, such as the 100% organic cotton used in our new Herdy Baby range. Doing the right thing is a core aspect of Herdy, it’s what makes us smile.
Baby GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
Ethical fashion for ewe and your baby
The clothing and fashion industry increasingly faces questions about sustainable raw materials, fair treatment of workers and the environmental burden created by modern clothing manufacturing.
When designing our new Herdy Baby clothing range, we wanted deliver a range of super comfy clothing which reduced the impact on the environment and was better for your baby. That’s why we teamed up with a textiles manufacturer who is fully 'Garments Without Guilt' certified and we have used 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.
Is organic cotton actually better?
Organic cotton is grown in ways that reduce the burden on our environment, it helps maintain soil fertility, encourages greater biodiversity, and uses much less water.
The main benefit, however, is that the crops aren’t treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and GMOs. As they harm farmers, workers, customers, and wildlife.
Less than 4% of all cotton grown globally is organic.
Pesticides poison farmers all over the world, and factory workers breathe in their fumes during the manufacturing process. According to the World Health Organization up to 20,000 lose their lives each year from pesticide poisoning.
Pesticides and insecticides mix into run-off water after heavy rain, contaminating lakes, rivers, and waterways.
What is GOTS?
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is an independently certified, worldwide textile processing standard for organic fibres. It covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading, and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres.
For products to be labelled as GOTS certified “organic” they must be made with a minimum of 95% certified fibres.
Our new Herdy Baby range is made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.
GOTS certification ensures that strict criteria related to the environment, technical quality, human toxicity, and social aspects are met at every stage of the cotton harvesting and production process. These criteria for certification are comprehensive, but here's a brief example to illustrate the high standards required:
- No use of toxic heavy metals;
- Bleaches must be oxygen based;
- The waste water from all production must be treated in a waste water treatment plant;
- At all stages through processing, organic fibre products must be separated from conventional fibre products and identified;
- Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited;
- No PVC, nickel or chrome accessories are permitted.
Technical Quality & Human Toxicity
- Raw materials, intermediates, final textile products and accessories must meet stringent limits regarding unwanted residues;
- Technical quality parameters must be met;
- Employment is freely chosen – no forced labour or child labour;
- Living wages must be paid;
- Equal pay for men and women;
- Working hours are not excessive and weekly rest is respected;
- No discrimination is practised;
- Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited.
GOTS Certification includes and supersedes the Garments Without Guilt certification.
GOTS certified, eco-friendly organic clothing
At Herdy, we take our environmental responsibilities seriously. We're always seeking ways to enhance our supply chain, the materials we use, and how we package our products. This is to make sure we minimize our impact on the environment as much as we can. We actively seek to collaborate with like-minded suppliers, partners, and manufacturers. By creating high-quality garments that are organic, ethical, and eco-friendly, we also extend the lifespan of our products. When you purchase clothing from Herdy, you support us and our manufacturers in the continued production of GOTS-certified organic cotton items. These items are not only better for the environment but also promote the well-being of farmers and workers. They are more durable and offer more comfortable, huggable clothing for your baby.