Understanding Oeko-Tex

Who is Oeko-Tex?

The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (Oeko-Tex) with headquarters in Zürich (Switzerland) was founded in 1992. Founding members were the German Hohenstein Institute and the Austrian Textile Research Institute (OETI). Currently, the Oeko-Tex Association includes 18 neutral test and research institutes in Europe and Japan with contact offices in over 70 countries around the world. Oeko-Tex is a registered trade mark, representing the product labels and company certifications issued and other services provided by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (which also calls itself Oeko-Tex for short).

The Oeko-Tex Association issues the product-related labels Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 100), Made in Green by Oeko-Tex (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus) and Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex, the label Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex for chemicals to be used in textile production, and the STeP by Oeko-Tex label (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 1000) and the Detox to Zero status report for production facilities.

Oeko-Tex labels and certificates confirm the human-ecological safety of textile products and leather articles from all stages of production (raw materials and fibres, yarns, fabrics, ready-to-use end products) along the textile value chain. Some also attest to socially and environmentally sound conditions in production facilities.

 

Oeko-Tex Environmentally Friendly Fabrics

 

What is Oeko-Tex Standard 100?

Home textiles certified with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® give consumers around the world a high level of safety from harmful levels of chemical substances. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue comprises of several hundred regulated harmful substances. All elements of a textile product must meet the required OEKO-TEX® test criteria.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® test criteria are uniform across the globe and are updated at least once every year. Exclusively independent testing institutes from the OEKO-TEX® Association are responsible for all testing and, ultimately, for issuing STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certifications.

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 test certifies that a fabric passes the following performance criteria standards:

  • Textile does not contain allergenic dye-stuffs and dye-stuffs that form carcinogenic arylamines of the MAK-groups III A1 and III A2
  • Textiles that do not carry pesticides and chlorinated phenols. Textiles that have been tested for the release of heavy metals under artificial perspiration conditions.
  • Textiles free from formaldehyde or containing trace amounts significantly lower than the required legal limits.
  • Textiles with a skin-friendly pH
  • Textiles free from chloro-organic carriers.

These fabrics have been thoroughly tested to this standard and have been granted the authorization to proudly display the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label.

 

How does a manufacturing facility become certified?

Oeko-Tex is a registered trade mark, representing the product labels and company certifications issued and other services provided by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (which also calls itself Oeko-Tex for short). Click image below to watch this short video that illustrates the certification process.

 

Alendel’s Oeko-Tex Library At Your Fingertips

We have simplified sourcing of our Oeko-Tex compliant fabrics. This link will take you directly to our designated page. Shop by product category, sheers, drapery, multi-purpose and upholstery fabrics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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