OEKO TEX labels for an environmentally friendly textile
Based in Zurich, the OEKO-TEX® Association is a cooperation that aims to ensure health and ecological qualities in the textile industry. OEKO-TEX certification ensures that all components of a product do not contain harmful substances or chemicals, and are certified by accredited research institutes that are regulated by the International OEKO-TEX® Association, regardless of the origin of the product.
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® was developed through a collaborative effort of laboratories in Austria and Germany and is known worldwide as a unified certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and final products at all production stages. The standards are updated every year and always in line with legal regulations and the latest scientific data. OEKO-TEX Standard tests up to 100 harmful substances (pesticides, carcinogenic dyes, heavy metals, etc.) to guarantee, for example, the quality of your eco-responsible swimsuits .
As a voluntary certification system for textiles, OEKO-TEX's STANDARD 100 has been effectively contributing to the removal of undesirable substances from textile articles for more than 20 years . More than 150,000 STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certificates have already been issued. More than 10,000 manufacturers, brand suppliers and retailers in 98 countries work with OEKO-TEX® to ensure their products are tested for possible harmful chemicals according to STANDARD 100.
Other Oeko-Tex labels and certifications
The Oeko-Tex Association issues the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex labels (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 100), but also other labels such as:
- Made in Green by Oeko-Tex (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus);
- STeP by Oeko-Tex (formerly Oeko-Tex Standard 1000);
- Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex for chemical products for textile production;
- Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex ;
- Or Detox to Zero for production facilities.
STEP by OEKO-TEX®
STeP by OEKO-TEX® , formerly OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 , is an independent certification system for brands, retailers and manufacturers in the textile chain who wish to promote their achievements in sustainable manufacturing processes to consumers, in a way transparent, credible and clear. This certification can apply to all or part of the processing steps, from the raw fiber to the finished product (an ethical swimsuit, for example).
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a certification label that applies to products made by STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified companies. The label is only granted after the entire predetermined production chain has been STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified. The label guarantees that materials have been tested for harmful substances, manufactured in environmentally responsible facilities, and in safe and socially responsible workplaces. You are thus guaranteed to buy an eco-responsible swimsuit of safe origin!
LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®
LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a global certification for leather and leather goods of all production levels. It includes 4 classes of products:
1- products for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old (leather clothing, leather gloves, sheepskin, fur, etc.);
2- products worn close to the skin;
3- products worn away from the skin;
4- products used in decoration or furnishing.
This certification limits or eliminates banned chemicals such as azo dyes, chromium, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, short chain chlorinated paraffins, PFOS, and other unregulated chemicals.
ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX
ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX is an independent certification system for textile chemicals, dyes and accessories. A two-step verification process analyzes whether compounds and each individual ingredient meet specific requirements for sustainability, safety and compliance with legal regulations.
DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®
DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® is a global reporting and verification system applied throughout the textile supply chain for the requirements required by Greenpeace's Detox campaign . It deals with the management of chemical transport, reduces harmful substances involved in production, regulates waste water and production waste, and improves protective measures for environmental preservation.
The brands of ethical swimwear and eco-responsible swimwear with the DETOX TO ZERO label are therefore among the most respectful of the environment!