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You regularly come across baby and children's clothing. The Oeko-Tex label. But what is it really? In summary, oeko-tex® Standard 100 is a global certification system for textile products, especially when it comes into contact with the skin, taking into account the most important regulations for hazardous substances.
Controls on OEKO-TEX® harmful substances mainly focus on the use of textiles and materials. The more intensive the contact of a product with the skin and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter anti-allergic requirements are respected.
If an item of clothing is awarded the Oeko-tex quality mark, then the garment does not contain any harmful substances. Better for your skin and health!
This label does not tell you anything about honest production or environmental pollution. Although it is of course quite possible that the garment is also fair trade. And since there is strict testing for harmful substances, the chance is also fairly high that the environmental impact is low. If you really want to buy 'eco / organic / organic clothing' , only this quality mark is not enough. But it is really a step in the right direction.
Organic or organic clothing must always be certified. And well known organization that does this is GOTS. But there are multiple certificates. This is therefore a different certification than OEKO-Tex. At OEKO-TEX we mainly look at where and how the clothing is produced. In the case of organic, the materials used are also looked at. So you can compare this to the more stringent OEKO-Tex 1000 (label with 100 plus, see below).
It is difficult to see the forest with all the labels through the trees. But with an OEKO-Tex standard 100 label you are certainly well on your way! Do you want all the way as sustainable as possible for OEKO-TEX 100 plus or organic clothing.
✔ Important legal requirements such as; azo dyes, formaldehyde, penta chlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, etc. that are prohibited.
✔ Many chemicals that are harmful to health, even if they are not yet regulated.
✔ Requirements of the US Consumables Safety Improvement Acts (CPSIA) for lead.
✔ Many classes of substances also relate to the environment.
If the label looks slightly different and contains the text '100 plus' , the clothing meets the requirements of Oeko-tex 1000 . This is a label with stricter requirements than the standard Oeko-tex 100 standard. You will therefore encounter this label less often.
The Oeko-tex 100 Plus label means that the product is produced in an environmentally friendly and human-friendly way. The people who made the product are therefore not exposed to harmful substances and work under good working conditions.
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