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SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is helping clothing and textile manufacturers gain a better understanding of the growing market for organic cotton.

Consumers are increasingly demanding products that are organic, not least organic textiles. Total global production of organic cotton was estimated at 239,787 metric tons in 2018/19, an increase of 31% on the previous year, which itself followed a 56% increase. Growth is predicted to continue.

SGS’s Consumer Compact article looks at the growing demand for organic cotton while considering its benefits for the planet, growers and manufacturers.

Read the original Consumer Compact article, ‘The Growing Market for Organic Cotton.’

SGS Chemical Testing for Textiles

SGS offers a comprehensive range of services to help brands ensure their products are truly organic, including non-GMO screening of the raw materials using ISO IWA 32 to ensure no genetically modified cotton has been used.

In addition, they offer chemical residue tests for a range of substances, including alkylphenol and alkylphenol ethoxylates, adsorbable organic halogens, azo dyes, chlorinated benzenes and toluenes, chlorinated paraffins, chlorophenols, cyclic siloxanes, disperse dyes, heavy metals, formaldehyde, glyoxal, organotin compounds, per- and polyfluorinated compounds, pesticides, phthalates, and PAHs. If a substance is detected at a level above the acceptable limit, the product cannot claim to be ‘organic’. After all, in the end, it’s only trusted because its tested.

Learn more about SGS Chemical Testing for Textiles.

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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.