A Greener And Better World
A Better Future For All
Sustainability Is Key
Because Our Everyday Practices Impact The Planet
With a great history and know-how of the industry, Portugal represents a local production country with all the benefits that this brings to the planet, offering high quality products with reasonable prices, paying fair wages, ensuring good working conditions, following ecological and ethical practices, and adhering to ground-breaking procedures and sustainable materials.
Fully committed to embrace a sustainable and environmentally-friendly future, understand the importance of certified standards as a way to promote the development of a circular economy within an ethically green textile industry.
With that in mind, these multiple initiatives and programs of certification attest our ecological concerns and guarantee that our final product went through a supply chain where social, health, safety, and environmental conditions have been considered and verified.
Global Organic Textile Standard
The GOTS standard has emerged from an increase in the demand of organic fibers and the need for a consolidated processing criteria from the textile industry and retailers, defining important social and environmental guidelines that need to be applied throughout the entire organic textiles supply chain.
GOTS aims to guarantee that organic textiles become part of our everyday lives, with the environment always in mind.
It certifies welfare standards for animal husbandry and prohibits genetically modified organisms, assuring an organic production based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility.
GOTS prohibits the use of toxic, persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, and certifies all ecological and labor conditions in apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials.
Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Standard System establishes its assessment within a framework based on three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic.
These work together to ensure sustainable cotton production, promote good practices, and encourage the scaling up of collective action to establish Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
The criteria that are upheld by the Better Cotton Standard System are in themselves based within seven principles, covering crop protection practices, water stewardship, health of the soil, biodiversity, fiber quality, decent work and an effective management system.
These principles are a way to ensure that cotton is produced with the best practices concerning the environment and the communities, and the main reason why BCI stands out when compared with other types of sustainable certifications.
This standard ensures that every component of a product was tested for any potentially toxic element, covering multiple human-ecological attributes, including harmful substances which are prohibited or regulated by law, chemicals which are known to be harmful to health, but are not officially forbidden, and parameters included as a precautionary measure to safeguard health.
The tests include around 100 control parameters and take into account the intended use of the textiles. The more intensive the skin contact of a textile product, the stricter the limit values for each product class.
A STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX label is a synonym of customer confidence and high product safety.
As admittedly aware and concerned brands regarding health regulations, we and our partners have the means and knowledge to help your company produce fully tested and OEKO-TEX recognized products.
Based on the International Labor Organization conventions, SA8000 allows certified companies to be at the forefront of particularly sensitive management areas, such as quality, health and safety, and environment.
The goal is to ultimately create efficiency, a consistent approach to managing, and social performance improvement.
SA8000 targets the improvement of the organization’s competitiveness as it voluntarily ensures the ethical component of its production cycle and process.
It guarantees compliance with national legislation and all of the standard’s requirements regarding child labor, forced or compulsory labor, health and safety, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration, and management system.
Quality Management System
ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
This standard establishes a number of quality management principles that contemplate a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, and the pursuit of continual improvement.
With ISO 9001, companies strive to ensure that customers get consistent, high-quality products, benefiting the company itself in the long run.
GT Portugal and its partners promote the implementation of some important opportunities for efficiency improvements in every step of our supply chain, ranging from energy efficiency to recycling, from labeling to packaging.