It Means More Than You Think!
Control Union Certifications has pioneered the first global standard for organic latex: the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).
GOLS is highly regarded, especially in the sleep products sector. GOLS outlines requirements for latex products made from organic raw materials, as well as for material from non-organic origins.
The GOLS standard addresses criteria for natural rubber from certified organic plantations (USDA, NOP or EU) that is processed at manufacturing units. To achieve GOLS certification, a product must contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material. The GOLS standard features permissible limits for harmful substances, emission test requirements and polymer and filler percentages.
Rubber plantations and processing units, up to and including the final retailer, are certified according to the standard. By using transaction certificates at every point of sale in the supply chain, trace-ability from the plantation to the final retailer is ensured.