Ensuring your products do much more than setting new trends in fashion.

Anyone who believes that consumers choose their textile products based only on look and fit is wrong. It is just as important to them that textiles and clothing do not harm their health and are manufactured in environmentally friendly production facilities under fair working conditions. Shoppers cannot assess the conditions on site based on the product alone. The STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® product labels give manufacturers, purchasers, brands and retailers the certainty that the products certified after successfully passing our testing meet our strict OEKO-TEX® requirements on harmful substances. Furthermore, the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label lets them know that clothing and home textiles bearing the label have been manufactured in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way. The OEKO-TEX® product labels therefore do not just create trust, but also ensure optimum sales figures.

All your questions answered - what you need to know about STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.

STANDARD 100 is a globally standardized, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished and finished textile products at all processing levels, and for any accessories used. End products are tested for harmful substances and then sold on the market can be awarded the STANDARD 100 label for marketing purposes. In the B2B sector, the certificate serves as proof that any required terms of delivery have been fulfilled. Testing for harmful substances in accordance with STANDARD 100 incorporates important legal regulations, numerous chemicals that pose a risk to health, including some that are not yet legally regulated, and a wide variety of health care parameters.

The goals of product certification in accordance with STANDARD 100 are:

  1. To provide the end consumer with a reliable, manufacturer-independent product label for non-hazardous products that are tested in accordance with the STANDARD 100 criteria catalogue and, in doing so, to help to effectively protect the consumer from harmful substance in textiles.
  2. To provide targeted support for companies in the textile chain with the implementation of their intended human-ecological product safety, based on a scientific criteria catalogue and neutral laboratory tests.
  3. STANDARD 100 is intended to simplify and accelerate supply relationships for manufacturers and retailers who want to ensure product safety for their customers.
  4. It also aims to achieve legal conformity for importers, retailers and manufacturers as a result.

 

The concept of the OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances is based on a modular system. This means that certification is available for every stage of the textile value creation chain, and that certificates from prior stages are recognized. A successful test therefore allows you to label the textiles or materials in question with the STANDARD 100 label once the certification is attained.

The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue contains a wide variety of test parameters. The central component of the STANDARD 100 are requirements, limit values and test methods based on science. In many cases, the test criteria and limit values go far beyond the applicable national and international standards. The inclusion of numerous additional potentially harmful substances strongly reflects the pioneering role that the STANDARD 100 has played for many years now.

If you would like to list articles made of organic cotton with descriptions such as “organic” or “made of organically grown cotton” on your STANDARD 100 certificate, you must also have the products tested for genetically modified organisms (GMO) during the OEKO-TEX® laboratory tests. This gives you and your customers the security of knowing that your organic cotton products actually contain what they claim - genuine organic quality. If requested, the GMO test is of course also available for your articles made of conventionally grown cotton.

As a basic principle, the tests for harmful substances in accordance with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® are based on the respective purposes of the textiles and materials. The following principle applies with that in mind: the more intensive the skin contact of a textile and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements that need to be fulfilled.

Product class I:
Textiles and materials for babies and toddlers up to three years old: underwear, rompers, bed linen, bedding, and so on

Product class II:
Textile and materials, the surface of which mainly come into direct contact with the skin: underwear, bedding, towels, shirts, blouses, socks, and so on

Product class III:
Textiles and materials, the surface of which only come into direct contact with the skin to a minor extent: jackets, coats, outdoor textiles, and so on

Product class IV:
Furnishing materials for decorative purposes: table linen, curtains, upholstery fabrics, and so on

  1. Application and provision of a test sample
  2. Testing based on the OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue
  3. Preparation of the test report
  4. Submission of the declaration of conformity
  5. Issuance of the certificate upon successful testing

The test samples selected must cover the entire product group to be certified in accordance with STANDARD 100. Such a representative selection forms the basis for the article description on the certificate. An incomplete sample selection may lead to a restriction of the certified article group.

On the one hand, the certificate holder must ensure product conformity. This is done on a daily basis through the internal company quality controls that were agreed in the declaration of conformity. On the other, Hohenstein, as the OEKO-TEX® test institute, carries out control tests each year on at least 25% of all the issued certificates. To do so, products from previous stages are tested based on samples from current certification processes. Furthermore, random samples of OEKO-TEX® certified products that are available on the market are purchased and tested again in the laboratory. In addition, independent auditors commissioned by OEKO-TEX® conduct unannounced site inspections to assess on-site quality assurance in the facilities.

The STANDARD 100 certificate is valid for twelve months and can be extended by another year upon request three months prior to the end of this period. This procedure is recommendable to ensure continuous product safety and a smooth-running process along the entire textile chain. 

Yes. Product certification in accordance with STANDARD 100 can be achieved only by establishing a suitable quality assurance system in the company to ensure product conformity. Likewise, the QM system must be recognized by Hohenstein.

Only when all the component parts meet the stipulated test criteria can the certification be awarded. For ready-made articles, a dedicated certificate must also exist, even if the individual components have already been certified in accordance with STANDARD 100.

Since the STANDARD 100 label is a protected trademark, all companies that want to use the label to highlight the certified textiles in their products and for other marketing activities must comply with the applicable provisions for using the label. Forgery and misuse of the trademark will be prosecuted under criminal and civil law. Furthermore, they may cause the underlying STANDARD 100 certificate to be revoked. A STANDARD 100 label is only valid if a test number that was actually issued and the responsible testing institute are shown on it. These details must also correspond to the company’s own certificate.

A STANDARD 100 label applied to a product alone is not sufficient as proof of successful testing for harmful substances. While purchasing product lines or findings, you should therefore always insist that the supplier submits a valid OEKO-TEX® certificate. The details on the STANDARD 100 test label (test number and test institution) must also correspond to those of the supplied certificate. Products that are not listed on the certificate must not be marked with the label.

Some specific benefits of the STANDARD 100 that are not to be missed.

  • A practical tool for your operational quality assurance
  • Consumer protection with textile products that are harmless to human ecology and legally compliant, without needing to lay out the necessary resources yourself
  • The modular principle of STANDARD 100 lets you test and certify textile products throughout every processing stage. That lets you avoid duplicated tests and save costs by using certificates from prior stages – even with products with complex structures
  • The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue is applied worldwide and provides a standardized requirement profile for purchasing and delivery conditions, which simplifies and accelerates the flow of information
  • The greater transparency increases product safety, especially for companies with extremely short production cycles and expensive internal quality assurance systems, and provides significant time-savings
  • As a manufacturer-independent label, the STANDARD 100 is a helpful marketing tool that you can use to transparently document your responsibility with respect to the human-ecological product safety of your products for your customers throughout the textile chain, including brands, retailers and consumers 

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All your questions answered - what you need to know about MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a traceable product label that is issued only for textiles that have been:

  • Produced from materials that have been tested for harmful substances
  • Produced in environmentally friendly facilities
  • Produced in safe and socially acceptable workplaces

The MADE IN GREEN product label can be awarded to any textile product worldwide in any stage of textile production. Products with the label are easy to trace, which enables a whole new level of transparency for companies and consumers.

Any company in the textile chain can apply for MADE IN GREEN for its products.

The OEKO-TEX® principles are based on specific criteria outlining the OEKO-TEX® certificates that individual components and facilities must have in order to be awarded with the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label. On the one hand, they include the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, which guarantees that the textile product has been tested for more than 300 harmful substances. On the other, STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification allows for the verification of sustainable textile production processes.

If textile products that consumers can purchase on the market are to be provided with the MADE IN GREEN label, they must meet the following requirements and criteria:

  1. Each individual component that makes up at least 5% of the total weight of a textile product must originate from production facilities that have been certified in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX®. At least 85% of the weight of an individual textile product must originate from production facilities that have been certified in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX®. 
  2. As a general rule for the criteria mentioned above, all facilities in which making-up and wet-chemical processing take place must be certified in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX®. 
  3. The product must be certified in accordance with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. 

Interim products that are sold to companies within the supply chain must meet the following requirements and criteria: the holder of the label must be certified in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX® and meet all the criteria mentioned above.

The validity of the label ends for the holder after one year and must then be renewed. If there are any changes to the supply chain that relate to the requirements for the MADE IN GREEN label, a new label must be issued. The purchaser of textiles that are marked with the MADE IN GREEN label must be able to track the available information for a period of five years.

The MADE IN GREEN label includes a product ID. The purchaser can verify that the label is authentic by entering the product ID at www.madeingreen.com or scanning the QR code. Companies that use the MADE IN GREEN label internally can also obtain information about its validity by entering the number in their MADE IN GREEN dashboard.

The product ID takes the form of a number and/or QR code. It provides information about where a product was manufactured and shows that it has been tested for harmful substances and produced in accordance with OEKO-TEX® principles. You can obtain this information by entering the product ID at www.madeingreen.com or scanning the QR code.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a traceable product label for textiles that have been tested for harmful substances and manufactured through environmentally friendly and socially responsible production processes. Products that have been tested for harmful substances can be marked with the label for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.

Some specific benefits of MADE IN GREEN that are not to be missed.

  • You establish sustainable production and working conditions in your supply chain
  • The MADE IN GREEN label gives you the opportunity to communicate your commitment to sustainability to your end customers, business customers and any other stakeholders in a credible manner
  • If you wish to make your entire supply chain transparent, you can use the MADE IN GREEN label as a trustworthy way to demonstrate that your suppliers in every country of production maintain agreed quality and environmental standards and fair and safe working conditions.
  • The MADE IN GREEN label lets you highlight your long-term supplier relationships, which form the basis for successfully achieving sustainability objectives such as product quality and good working conditions
  • The unique product ID or QR code let your customers trace their products that are marked with the MADE IN GREEN label for greater transparency. That includes information about all the production facilities along the textile chain in which the textile was produced, the stage of production in which the fabrics were employed and the countries in which the product was manufactured.

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All your questions answered - what you need to know about LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®.

The LEATHER STANDARD is a globally standardized, independent testing and certification system for leather products at all levels of production as well as any leather accessory materials used. Testing for harmful substances in accordance with LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® incorporates important legal regulations, numerous chemicals that pose a risk to health, including some that are not yet legally regulated, and a wide variety of health care parameters.

The goals of product certification in accordance with the LEATHER STANDARD are:

  1. To provide the end consumer with a reliable, manufacturer-independent product label for non-hazardous products that are tested in accordance with the LEATHER STANDARD criteria catalog and, in doing so, to contribute to effective consumer protection.
  2. To provide systematic support for companies along the supply chain in achieving their targeted level of human-ecological product safety on the basis of a scientific criteria catalogue and neutral laboratory tests.
  3. The LEATHER STANDARD is intended to simplify and accelerate supply relationships for manufacturers and retailers who want to ensure product safety for their customers.
  4. The LEATHER STANDARD serves as a trustworthy product label for consumers who consciously seek out safe leather products that are not harmful to health.
  5. It also aims to achieve legal conformity for importers, retailers and manufacturers as a result.

The concept of the OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances is based on a modular system. This means that certification is available for every stage of leather production, and that certificates from prior stages are recognized. A successful test therefore entitles you to mark the leather products in question with the LEATHER STANDARD label once the certification is attained.

The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue contains a wide variety of test parameters. The central component of the LEATHER STANDARD are requirements, limit values and test methods based on science. In many cases, the test criteria and limit values go far beyond the applicable national and international standards.

As a basic principle, the tests for harmful substances in accordance with LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® are based on the respective purposes of the leather materials and products. The following principle applies with that in mind: the more intensive the skin contact of a leather product and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements that need to be fulfilled.

Product class 1:
Textiles and materials for babies and toddlers up to three years old: leather clothing, leather gloves, sheepskin baby blankets, furs, and so on

Product class 2:
Products used in close contact with skin: leather trousers/jackets, leather gloves, leather underwear, and so on

Product class 3:
Products used away from the skin: lined leather jackets/coats, leather bags, leather belts, and so on

Product class 4:
Furnishing materials: upholstery covers, and so on

  1. Application and provision of a test sample
  2. Testing based on the OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue
  3. Preparation of the test report
  4. Submission of the conformity declaration
  5. Company audits before or shortly after the certificate is granted
  6. Issuance of the certificate upon successful testing

The test samples selected must cover the entire product group to be certified in accordance with the LEATHER STANDARD. Such a representative selection forms the basis for the article description on the certificate. An incomplete sample selection may lead to a restriction of the certified article group.

The LEATHER STANDARD certificate is valid for twelve months and can be extended by another year upon request three months prior to the end of this period. This procedure is recommendable to ensure continuous product safety and a smooth-running process along the whole supply chain.

Yes. Product certification in accordance with the LEATHER STANDARD can be achieved only by establishing a suitable quality assurance system in the company to ensure product conformity. Likewise, the QM system must be recognized by Hohenstein.

On the one hand, the certificate holder must ensure product conformity. This is done on a daily basis through the internal company quality controls that were agreed in the conformity declaration. On the other, Hohenstein, as the OEKO-TEX® test institute, carries out control tests each year on at least 25% of all the issued certificates. To do so, products from previous stages are tested based on samples from current certification processes. Furthermore, random samples of OEKO-TEX® certified products that are available on the market are purchased and tested again in the laboratory. In addition, independent auditors commissioned by OEKO-TEX conduct unannounced site inspections to assess on-site quality assurance in the facilities.

Due to the properties of leather, the different associated production processes and the chemicals used, different limit values to those that apply to textiles are sometimes required.

By signing the application, the applicant commits to and is solely responsible for complying with all the animal and species conservation legislation that is relevant to them. The OEKO-TEX® Association and Hohenstein as one of its member institutes do not accept any liability in this regard.

A ready-made product can be labeled only if all its components, without exception, meet the necessary test criteria – that is, in addition to the leather, any textile fabrics, sewing threads, inserts, prints, labels, and so on, that the product includes and any non-textile accessories such as metal buttons, zip fasteners and rivets. The relevant conditions and criteria for the materials in question apply. In addition, a separate certificate has to be issued for ready-made products. Having OEKO-TEX® certificates for the starting materials and components used alone is not sufficient.

Since the LEATHER STANDARD label is a protected trademark, all companies that want to use the label to highlight the certified textiles in their products and for other marketing activities must comply with the applicable provisions for using the label. Forgery and misuse of the trademark will be prosecuted under criminal and civil law. Furthermore, they may cause the underlying LEATHER STANDARD certificate to be revoked. A LEATHER STANDARD label is only valid if a test number that was actually issued and the responsible testing institute are shown on it. These details must also correspond to the company’s own certificate.

A LEATHER STANDARD label applied to a product alone is not sufficient as proof of successful testing for harmful substances. While purchasing product lines or findings, you should therefore always insist that the supplier submits a valid OEKO-TEX® certificate. The details on the LEATHER STANDARD test label (test number and test institution) must correspond to those of the supplied certificate. Products that are not listed on the certificate must not be marked with the label.

Some specific benefits of the LEATHER STANDARD that are not to be missed.

A practical tool for your operational quality assurance

  • Consumer protection through leather products that are harmless to human ecology, without needing to lay out the necessary resources yourself
  • The modular principle behind the LEATHER STANDARD lets you avoid duplicated tests and save costs
  • The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue is applied worldwide and provides a standardized requirement profile for purchasing and delivery conditions, which simplifies and accelerates the flow of information
  • The LEATHER STANDARD is the basis for many of the Restricted Substances Lists (RSLs) of retail chains, discounters, producers, and so on, is therefore the basis for many terms of delivery
  • As a manufacturer-independent label, the LEATHER STANDARD is a helpful marketing tool that you can use to transparently document your responsibility with respect to the human-ecological product safety of your products for your customers throughout the supply chain, including brands, retailers and consumers

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