Clothes made from organic fabric are the eco-friendly alternatives of the materials that are artificial and synthetic as they are light and airy but also durable. They are also biodegradable, so they do not harm the environment.
As I have mentioned before ’fast fashion’ is one of the most contaminating industry today. In that post I wrote about our GOTS certificated items, that is a standard of raw materials with high quality. Now, I would like to share some thoughts on another standard called OEKO-Tex and you can see how complex standard it is.
What is the OEKO-Tex 100 Standard?
While the GOTS certificate inspects and evaluates the manufacturing of the raw material, the OEKO-Tex 100 Standard is interested in how the fabric is processed, such as dyes and finishes. It analyzes all the bits and pieces according to their chemical features.
To achieve the OEKO-Tex Standard 100 the following conditions must be met:
Applying for the standard is voluntary, but there is an annual updating procedure
Certification is conducted by independent laboratories.
The conduct itself considers every conceivable way that harmful substances can enter the body.
Each part of the garment, including stitching, zips, buttons and coatings must be tested. If a clothing item has the standard certificate it means it does not contain any harmful substances.
The OEKO-Tex Standard 100 is a global standard, it is the same in every country.
More about the OEKO-Tex 100 Standard Qualifying Test
It is interesting to know how many pieces make up your favorite shirt or skirt that can all can interact with the natural processes in your body. Yes, when a harmful chemical gets into your system due to a certain metal, then it will be your liver that has to work it out or keep in your body. However, an OEKO-Tex test can measure the amount of harmful substances.
The extent and requirements depend on the intended use of the textile product and there are 4 groups of fabrics to examine:
Items for babies and infants (up to 36 months of age)
Items with direct prolonged or large-area skin contact – e.g. underwear
Textiles without or with little skin contact – e.g. jacket
Furnishing materials for decorative purposes – e.g. curtains, table linen, carpets
As a part of the qualifying process the applicant needs to send a sample of every piece of the piece – so buttons, studs, sewing threads and labels as well. These are inspected under strict conditions and there is a committee that visits the manufacturer before issuing the certificate, too. Later, at least in every three years, there is a repeated check for update.
All of our products have the OEKO-Tex Standard which means the first category of clothing items for us – moreover, there are even stricter requirements here and the fabrics and there is an additional test for saliva resistance. It is for the obvious reason that harmful substances can mix with the child’s saliva causing trouble or allergy. Therefore, if you buy clothes in our web shop, you can be sure that your kid is safe when he chews on a little pendants or braids.