In coordinance with the ever-prominent shift to greener living, there are certain standards set to ensure textiles are the safest they can be. It’s strange to think something as harmless as fabric could be harmful, but it’s true. The Oeko-Tex Standard is a testing and certification system for materials used to produce textiles. From their raw state to the end product, standards are set at all stages of production.
“Sustainability is a high interest initiative within the home furnishings industry, both as a response to consumer and regulatory demands and as a key component of corporate strategies that emphasize environmental accountability,” says Bill Perdue, AHFA vice president for environment, health, safety and standards. “Third party certification is a critical tool for manufacturers to ensure their supply chains are delivering products that meet desired quality and ecological standards.”
Companies like Fabricut, a decorative fabrics distributor, are complying with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Take their “Connect” Pattern, for example. The textiles are produced using strict environmental guidelines, creating fabric that’s free of carcinogenic dye stuffs creating a skin friendly pH.
If all components of a textile comply with the requirements of the Oeko-Tex criteria, a textile manufacturing company like Fabricut receives certification. They are then entitled to use the Oeko-Tex label to mark their products. The Oeko-Tex certificate is issued for a period of one year and can be extended subject to further successful testing. In order to ensure ongoing compliance with the test criteria, the authorised Oeko-Tex Institutes carry out control tests every year on a minimum of 15% of all certificates issued on Oeko-Tex products available in the shops.