We are all familiar with the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 seal. Under the motto "Confidence in textiles" it gives us the security of buying an ecologically sensible product.
In this blog article we want to give you some information about the meaning of the seal of approval.
WHAT DOES OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 ACTUALLY MEAN?
OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 is one of the world's best-known labels for textiles that have been tested for harmful substances.
For products that have been awarded the STANDARD 100 label, all components of the article, i.e. all threads, buttons and other accessories, have been tested for harmful substances. These articles are therefore harmless to health. The test is carried out by independent OEKO-TEX® institutes based on an extensive OEKO-TEX® catalog of criteria. The limit values set for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international specifications.
For further classification, OEKO-TEX® has established product classes that differentiate products according to their intended use. The intensity of the skin contact plays a particularly important role here:
Product class 1: products for babies | strictest requirements and limit values
Product class 2: Products with skin contact (close to the skin) | e.g. blouses, shirts, underwear, mattresses, etc.
Product class 3: Products without skin contact (distant from the skin) | e.g. jackets and waistcoats, belts etc.
Product class 4: furnishing materials | e.g. table linen, curtains, upholstery fabrics etc.
IN SUMMARY OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 MEANS:
- Strict catalog of criteria
- Uniform worldwide
- Independent testing institutes