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Oeko-Tex Standard 100
With around 12% of people allergic to a dye and/or resin allergen in clothing and cases of dermatitis from clothing on the rise, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is the most relevant mark to show the absence of allergenic or harmful dyes in clothing.
The Oeko-Tex 100 Standard is a guarantee of the safety of textiles and dyestuffs to human health. We source products and textiles that are certified by the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard, Class I, which means that more care has been taken in adopting environmentally friendly production methods throughout the manufacturing process. This is useful to the consumer who wants to shop for clothing that is kind-to-skin and more environmentally friendly: When you see the Oeko-Tex 100 mark next to one of our products, you can be reassured that the product was made in a way that does not cause harm to the people who made it, the environment in which it was made and does not contain any chemicals that will harm you, the wearer.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an international testing and certification system for textiles, limiting the use of certain chemicals in textiles products.
- If all components of a textile comply with the requirements of the Oeko-Tex criteria catalogue without exception, the textile manufacturer receives certification and is entitled to use the Oeko-Tex label to mark the products in the shops.
The Oeko-Tex certificate is issued for a period of one year and can be extended subject to further successful testing. In order to ensure ongoing compliance with the test criteria, the authorised Oeko-Tex Institutes carry out control tests every year on a minimum of 15% of all certificates issued on Oeko-Tex products.
Oeko-Tex standard 100
Responsibility for the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is shared between the 17 test institutes which make up the International Oeko-Tex Association, which has branch offices in more than 40 countries worldwide. The criteria catalogue which forms the basis for the tests for harmful substances is based on the latest scientific findings and is continually updated; the human ecological safety of the textiles tested are more far-reaching and comprehensive every year.
The test criteria and the related test methods are standardized on an international level and are widely included as guidance in terms and conditions of purchase and delivery right through to the retail sector. With a total of over 51,000 certificates issued for millions of different individual products, and over 6,500 companies involved worldwide, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 has become the best known and most successful label for textiles tested for harmful substances.
The test samples are tested by the independent Oeko-Tex institutes for their pH-value, formaldehyde content, the presence of pesticides, extract-able heavy metals, chlorinated organic carriers and preservatives such as pentachlorophenol and tetrachlorophenol. The tests also include checks for any MAC amines in azo dyestuffs and allergy-inducing dyestuffs.
Allergy-inducing dyestuffs are particularly relevant to textiles. Textile dyes, which can be divided into several types (i.e. disperse, reactive, acid and direct) are the main causes of textile contact dermatitis.
There has been an increasing frequency of contact dermatitis to clothing, in part undoubtedly to the greater awareness of this condition. Although dyes in clothing may be allergenic, there is a difference between a patch test, where the dye is placed directly on the skin, and a dyed textile where the dye will not transfer as easily to the skin; however, excess dye on a fabric may be readily available to the skin. A study in 2003 indicated that 12.3% of those patch tested were allergic to a dye and/or resin allergen.
The Oeko-Tex standard 100 is the best and most recognisable mark relevant to the presence of allergenic or harmful dyes in clothing, and useful to the consumer who wants to shop for clothing that is kind-to-skin.
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