Independent Organic Services is dedicated to assisting fiber and textile clients in building and strengthening domestic supply chains through organic certification
From the first manufacturing step, for each raw fiber, to the finished good -the Global Organic Textile Standard offers a certification framework for textiles since textiles fall outside of the scope of the National Organic Program. In the United States, the most common organic raw material grown and processed is cotton, followed by wool and then in limited supply fiber flax, alpaca, hemp fiber, and so on. IOS has experience with all fiber production systems and most textile manufacturing operations.
As the former Fiber and Textiles specialist for Oregon Tilth from 2016-2020, Angela has an intimate knowledge of domestic supply chains and imported textile goods after assisting 50 OTCO clients and their 70 facilitates with GOTS certification. She has served as the vice-chair on the Organic Trade Association's Fiber Council since 2018 and is a board committee member of Fibershed's Regional Fiber Manufacturing Initiative.
The organic textile industry is only growing and without adequate support to meet GOTS compliance we will not see strong organic supply chains flourish.Textile clients who propose to close the gaps in domestic supply are sought - specifically in spinning, knitting (conversion), weaving, and finishing.
Consulting services include:
Development of Organic System Plan for fiber farms, processors and mills
Response to non-compliances or notices of suspension for certified entities
Evaluation of potential suppliers / risk analysis of existing supply chain
Development of compliance manuals, SOPs and staff training to meet GOTS criteria
Organic raw material sourcing
Development of transitional fiber program for brands - cotton, wool, hemp, or fiber flax (linen)
Label and marketing review for certification requirements