Fabric scraps, old clothing and textiles are cut into strips waiting for recycle.

STANDARD 100 recycled by OEKO-TEX®


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:

  • Post-industrial and pre-consumer waste material can be used.
  • In the case of the STANDARD 100 certification, recycled materials and fibres of animal, cellulosic or synthetic origin are accepted.
  • At least 20 % of the total weight of the product must be recycled.
  • Proof of the recycled origin of the material must be provided. This can be, for example, delivery notes.

What you need to consider

  • A separate certificate for recycled material/ articles needs to be issued.
  • Blends with virgin material are permitted if they are necessary for the quality of the material. We will be happy to advise you on this.
  • Depending on the origin of the raw material, there may be a higher testing frequency during the term of the certificate.

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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