Control Union Unveils Global Organic Latex Standard 3.0

Control Union has formally introduced the newest version of its Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) for suppliers, manufacturers and marketers of latex-based products including mattresses, bedding, top-of-bed and home furnishing products. In addition to certifying organic latex foam components, GOLS 3.0 also certifies entire finished products that use an organic latex core or foam layer. To meet the standard, the organic latex foam must be made with a 95% latex rubber sap content from organic certified rubber tree plantations.

“Control Union has had a partnership with the textile industry for many years,” explained Robert Demianew, Vice President of Control Union Certifications in North America. “When industry challenges arose in the past, we worked to find worldwide, third-party certification solutions that ensured high levels of integrity. This has been the case with our involvement in the development of the Global Recycle Standard (GRS), Global Organic Standard (GOLS) and Responsible Down Standard (RDS). We now have a fully, up-to-date and comprehensive worldwide certification program for organic latex products.”

Demianew encourages suppliers and manufacturers who wish to manufacture and market truly certified organic latex products to contact Control Union to inquire about the certification process.

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About Control Union: Based in the Netherlands, Control Union is a widely recognized third-party, global quality control inspection, logistics and certifying body with more than 3,500 employees located in 100 offices throughout 70 countries. Control Union’s third-party, global certification programs include sectors such as organic and sustainable agriculture, sustainable food, food safety, bio-energy, organic and sustainable textiles, and now latex rubber based products. Historically, programs in the sector of textiles include Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), Global Recycle Standard (GRS), Organic Content Standard (OCS), Content Claim Standard (CCS), Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). Control Union is a member of the U.S. Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Control Union’s certification division is accredited to USDA-NOP and ISO 065.