What Exactly Is Standard 100 By OEKO-TEX And Why Does It Matter?

by: Rosie Dalton | 1 month ago | Features

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You may have seen the OEKO-TEX label bandied about by leading ethical fashion labels. But what does OEKO-TEX Standard 100 actually mean and why does it matter?

Well, for starters, the OEKO-TEX motto is “more transparency for a more sustainable future”. So, in a nutshell, this is what the worldwide certification system strives towards. And it does so by looking at hazardous substances in our textiles and making sure that those textiles are safe for both people and the planet. 

In the words of OEKO-TEX, “STANDARD 100 is one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety.” Some of the sorts of harmful substances that OEKO-TEX tests for include heavy metals, toxic dyes, and known carcinogens.

First introduced in 1992, Standard 100 requires that a material meet a scientifically founded criteria catalogue with more than 100 different individual parameters. The closer the material comes into contact with the skin, the higher the requirements that need to be met in these tests.

“[Standard 100] applies to various levels of production, such as raw and finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, sewing threads or labels as well as ready-made garments,” Good On You clarifies. “For a whole garment to be certified, all of its components need to have the Standard 100 certification.”

Today, OEKO-TEX 100 is one of the most well-recognised textile certifications worldwide. But, although commonly used in fashion, this certification is not exclusive to the fashion industry. In fact, it also extends to all kinds of fabrics including upholstery and other home furnishings. 

So, in short, keep an eye out for OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified garments to help minimise the amount of toxic chemicals found in your wardrobe.



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