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We are one of the founding members of the "International OEKO-TEX®" Association, a union of 18 renowned institutes for ecological textile research and testing.
Consequently, we certify products to the „STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®" and “LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®”as well as textile manufacturers and retail companies to the certification system "STeP by OEKO-TEX®".
In addition, we mark materials, which are both tested for harmful substances and come from a sustainable production with the “MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®" label.
Further, the "ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®" is a certification system for products used in the textile industry including colorants, auxiliaries and chemicals.
DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX ® is the comprehensive verification and reporting system that prepares your facility for the requirements requested by the Detox campaign of Greenpeace.
The „STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®" is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production.
It also comprises the testing of non-textile components. Its aim is to ensure products are free from harmful substances. As part of their delivery requirements, many companies already require products to be certified to „STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®" .
OEKO-TEX® supports REACH compliance
REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. By complying with the latest OEKO-TEX® test criteria, companies can be confident that they are also complying with the relevant conditions of the REACH regulations on harmful substances. The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA Candidate list , produces a candidate list of harmful substances. In the event that new candidate substances are relevant for textile production, OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue will assure the substances are checked and, if required, added to the OEKO-TEX®' own testing parameters.
The identification of a substance as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) and its subsequent publication, is of special concern to the OEKO-TEX® community.
As of 2021: CERTIFICATION OF RECYCLED MATERIALS
Recycled materials are difficult to certify. With their previous life, recycled materials are posing different challenges than regular virgin material. Therefore within the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® framework these materials are treated differently.
THE COMPELLING BENEFITS
For more information see Factsheet RECYCLED MATERIALS IN STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® in the download section OR:
"STeP by OEKO TEX®" is an independent certification system for brands, retail companies and manufacturers within the textile and leather chain who want to communicate their sustainable production conditions transparently and credibly. The modular structure of the "STeP by OEKO TEX®" certification allows a comprehensive analysis of all relevant company areas such as quality, chemicals and environmental management, environmental performance, health and safety and social responsibility.
"STeP by OEKO TEX®" as a certification tool is especially designed for the individual processing stages of textile and leather production. It supports the textile and leather sector to achieve continuous improvement of its production environment.
New CO2 and water footprint tool for STeP and MADE IN GREEN customers starting in 2022
STeP by OEKO-TEX® is now offering an online tool for calculating your ecological footprint for carbon dioxide (CO2) and water consumption. At the end of 2021, it will be optionally available to all STeP-certified companies.
The new tool offers your production plant the opportunity to measure, analyse and reduce production-related carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption.
"MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®" is an independent textile label for highlighting consumer products and semi-finished products at all levels of the textile chain that are made from materials tested for harmful substances and that have been manufactured by using environmentally friendly processes and under safe and socially responsible working conditions.
Added value for industry and retail
Reliable supplier relationships are often a key fact or in the successful implementation of sustainable aspects such as product quality, regular education and training of employees and improving working conditions. The "MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®" label makes all of this visible to the consumer.
Added value for the consumer
The "MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®" label shows the consumer that the textiles concerned are tested for harmful substances and sustainably produced in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines.
Each item certified with the Made in Green label also features a unique product ID and/or a QR code, which provides full traceability and transparency for the consumer.
Integration of the carbon and water footprint into the MADE IN GREEN label
OEKO-TEX®'s objective for 2021 is the systemic integration of the carbon and water footprint into the MADE IN GREEN label. This will enable consumers to find out directly, by scanning the label of each product, what impact the manufacture of the respective article has on our ecosystem.
The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX ® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for leather and leather articles of all levels of production.
Examples of articles that can be certified include:
For the leather materials the conditions and criteria of the latest valid LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX ® are applied, for non-leather components contained (e.g. textile materials, metallic accessories etc.) the requirements of the latest valid STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX ® have to be met.
As a manufacturer-independent label, the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX ® can serve as a marketing tool which can clearly document your responsibility with regard to the human-ecological product safety of your articles to your customers along the supply chain through to brands, retailers and consumers.
The ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is the comprehensive verification and certification system for textile chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries. ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in a sustainable textile production.
The ECO PASSPORT textile chemical verification system is fully integrated and harmonized with the two OEKO-TEX® certification systems for sustainable textile production (STeP by OEKO-TEX®) and product safety (STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®).
The ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative - Level 3 - accepts the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® as an indicator of conformity with their MRSL (harmful substance exclusion list for textile production). Upon approval, companies can have their products certified by ECO PASSPORT listed in the OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide / and if they wish from now on also in the ZDHC Chemical Gateway.
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