Confidence in textiles – an international synonym for responsible textile production – and the motto of the independent test institutes of the International Oeko-Tex Association. It refers to their tests for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for textile products which pose no risk whatsoever to health.
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 was presented to the textile and clothing industry for the first time in 1992 at a trade fair. Just one year after the launch of the product label, there were 214 companies involved in Oeko-Tex certification at all stages of the manufacturing process in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
For companies in the textile and clothing industry, the Oeko-Tex criteria catalogue provides, for the very first time, a uniform, scientifically founded evaluation standard for the human and ecological safety of textiles, against the background of the globalized and extremely fragmented nature of the textile manufacturing chain.
The Oeko-Tex label indicates to interested end users the additional benefits of tested safety for skin-friendly clothing and other textiles. In this way, the test label provides an important decision-making tool when purchasing textiles.
There are currently over 7,500 textile and clothing manufacturers throughout the textile processing chain in around 80 countries certified according to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. With over 60,000 certificates issued and millions of labelled articles in almost all product sectors, the "Confidence in textiles" label is the best known and most widespread test label for textiles tested for harmful substances in the world.
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