If a textile item carries the STANDARD 100 mark, you can be sure that every component of this article, that is, every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article is therefore harmless to human health.
The test is carried out by independent OEKO-TEX® partner institutes on the basis of their extensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue. In the test, they take into account many regulated and non-regulated substances, which can be harmful to human health. In many cases, the limit values for STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements. The criteria catalog is updated at least once a year and expanded with new scientific knowledge or statutory requirements. It is not easy for manufacturers and customers to keep an overview of the legal situation around harmful substances every day. Experts from the OEKO-TEX® institutes do this for you.
Which items can be certified?
In principle, all textile articles at every stage of processing are suitable for a STANDARD 100 certification, from the threads to the finished fabrics and finished articles. Following a modular system, they test every single component and ingredient before the final item is allowed to carry the STANDARD 100 label. This includes threads, buttons, zippers and lining.
The prints and coatings applied to the outer material are also tested for harmful substances according to the criteria that apply to them. Whether baby textiles, clothes, home textiles or decorative materials: Products bearing the STANDARD 100 label signal confidence.
What are product classes?
A product class is a group of different items categorized according to their intended use. The various product classes differ in the requirements that the products must meet and through the limit values that apply.
Product class 1: This product class includes products for babies and has the strictest requirements and limit values.
Product class 2: This product class includes products with skin contact. This includes items that come into direct contact with the skin to a large extent, such as blouses, shirts, underwear, mattresses, etc.
Product class 3: This product class includes products without skin contact. This includes items that have no or minimal contact with the skin, such as jackets and vests, belts, etc.
Product class 4: This product class includes decorative materials. It includes all articles including initial products and accessories used for interior decoration purposes, such as tablecloths, curtains, upholstery fabrics, etc.
Source reference: oeko-tex.com