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The OEKO-TEX Standard for Textiles

The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is a globally recognized certification for textiles and fabrics that ensures they have been tested for harmful substances. It was developed by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (OEKO-TEX) to provide consumers and manufacturers with confidence that the textiles they use are free from harmful chemicals and safe for human use.

When a fabric or textile product is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, it means that it has been tested for a comprehensive list of potentially harmful substances, including but not limited to:

  1. Carcinogenic and allergenic dyes
  2. Pesticides and heavy metals
  3. Formaldehyde
  4. Phthalates
  5. Flame retardants
  6. Chlorinated phenols
  7. Organotin compounds

The certification process involves laboratory testing to ensure that the fabric meets specific criteria for each tested substance. If the fabric meets the stringent requirements set by OEKO-TEX, it receives certification, which is usually indicated by a label or tag on the product. The certification is valid for one year, after which the fabric needs to be retested for renewal.

There are different product classes within the OEKO-TEX Standard 100, each catering to different usage scenarios and populations, such as products for babies, toddlers, and adults. The certification is widely recognized by consumers and manufacturers as a mark of safety and environmental friendliness.