Jugenheim/Germany, October 2014. The GOTS certification of our Colombian hammocks made of organic cotton was a good reason to celebrate. Which is why we, together with our Colombian production partner, organized the FIESTA GOTS in Medellín. The event brought all co-operation partners even closer together: Colombian co-workers, the CEO’s, as well as a number of stakeholders …
Our certification according to the GOTS is more than just a piece of fabric attached to a product. It marks a milestone and is a wonderful reward for our commitment to introducing organic cotton to Latin America: It is a milestone that tells us, that it is possible to successfully continue on the road we have taken. And it is a signal to all who care about the ecological and socially responsible production of textiles.
Aside from the celebrations surrounding the award ceremony, we also talked about possible future scenarios concerning an increase of sustainability in the production and marketing of hammocks with our partners. Journalist Markus Kohler summarized some of his impressions from his journey to the FIESTA GOTS in a wonderful article published in the Swiss magazine Coopzeitung.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading certification system for the sustainable production of textiles. It is globally recognized, as it defines strict ecological and social guidelines that have to be met through all stages of the production, in order to qualify. Thus, the LA SIESTA Colombian hammocks made of organic cotton meet internationally accepted criteria, whose truthfulness is confirmed by the GOTS seal.
After his retirement from the LA SIESTA managament, company founder Alexander Grisar strongly promotes the cultivation of organic cotton in Latin America. Checking the first batch of organic cotton from Colombia was major sense of achievement for him, as it originated from a project that was initiated by him.