In recent times the world is much more focused on ecology.
Leading garment brands and retail chains worldwide which manufacture children's clothing, bed linen and textiles worn next to the skin are promoting their products with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, because it distinguishes ecologically safe textiles from textiles that contain or may contain harmful substances such as formaldehyde, heavy metals, pesticides, etc.
The principle objective of Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex is to ensure that the certified products are not detrimental to human health, when in contact with the skin. The possession of a Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certificate has become a deciding factor when selecting suppliers for textile products.
At Coats, all of our apparel and footwear manufacturing facilities produce products that are Standard 100 by OekoTex Class I certified, the most stringent class covering textile items suitable for babies and toddlers.
The Origin of Oeko-Tex
In the 1980's, The Austrian Textile Research Institute in Vienna prescribed an innovative standard known as Austrian Textile Standard (OTN 100). Similarly in very early 1990's, the Hohenstein Research Institute in Germany, renowned for its work in the field of clothing physiology, developed Hohenstein Eco Check. The combined experiences of these two pioneering institutions led to the creation of the International Association for Research and Testing in the field of Textile Ecology, also referred to as the International Oeko-Tex Association.
Today, the International Oeko-Tex Association is a group of 18 well-known textile research and test institutes with representative agencies and contact offices in over 70 countries worldwide and is responsible for testing harmful substances according to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex
The Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex is a globally-uniform testing and certification system for raw textile materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of processing, based on their ecological properties on humans. This standard includes an analysis of harmful substances, prescribing a scientifically determined limit value for each substance. The modular principle of Oeko-Tex 100 ensures that textile products at all stages of the processing chain are tested for harmful substances and certified accordingly.
The product label 'Confidence in textiles' is the most widespread and widely recognised international trademark in testing textiles for harmful substances.
Substrates covered by Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex
The Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex covers all sewing and embroidery threads such as staple spun polyester, poly/poly-corespun, polyester/cotton corespun, trilobal polyester, continuous filament polyester, continuous filament texturised polyester and continuous filament nylon 6. The certificate also approves cotton threads for special applications and bonded threads for fusible or glazed versions of the above mentioned substrates for apparel, footwear and related industries.