Climate change and resource scarcity are increasing the demand for recycled products - this also applies to the textile sector. To take this development into account, OEKO-TEX® has been offering its customers the option of integrating recycled materials as part of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification since April 1st, 2021.
But how does OEKO-TEX® define recycled material? Which requirements do you have to meet? What do you need to know so that "recycled" is mentioned in your certificate? You can find the answers to these questions here.
OEKO-TEX®’s definition of recycled material
Definition of pre-consumer material (or post-industrial material): material diverted from the waste stream during the manufacturing process. Excluded is the reutilization of material such as rework, regrind or scrap generated in a process and capable of being reclaimed within the same process that generated it.
Definition of post-consumer material: material generated by households or by commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the goods or services which can no longer be used for its intended purpose. This includes returns of material from the distribution chain.
Which requirements do you have to meet?
The following requirements and regulations must be met:
What you need to consider
Helene Melnitzky, OEKO-TEX® Manager at OETI, sees as one of the advantages:
"With the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® recycling certification, our customers have the opportunity to communicate their contribution to more sustainability with a hang-tag".
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