OEKO-TEX Standard 100 in Textile Field

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What is OEKO-TEX Standard 100?

OEKO-TEX standard 100 is a globally unified testing and certification system for textile products.

The system applies to products in all links of the textile industry chain. Including below:
textile raw materials;
intermediate products;
finished products;
accessories used in finished textile products;

We can control harmful substances in textiles through this system.

Testing & Modularity Regulation

The inspection of hazardous substances includes below:
prohibited and restricted substances;
dangerous chemicals to health;
inspection parameters classified as maintenance health precautions.

Modular management: 
We can apply for the certification when we are in any position in the textile production chain.
The certificates of upstream products can be recognized when downstream products are certified. And upstream certified products can be exempted from testing. Certified textiles that pass the test are authorized to use the OEKO-TEX label.

Testing Ways for OEKO-TEX

Oral ingestion: 
Oral absorption of harmful chemicals is essential for baby products. Oral absorption was detected through artificial saliva dissolution.

Absorption through the skin: 
Check whether the substances contained in the textile are released from the material when the human body sweats. And check the amount of release by using an artificial sweat test.

Harmful Inhalation: 
Laboratory testing includes odor measurement and emission measurement. The lab determines the potential for inhalation of harmful substances from indoor air.

Testing Details of OEKO-TEX

MAK amines banned in AZO dyes;
Other carcinogens and allergenic dyes;
Aryl Chloride;
Extractable heavy metals and heavy metal decomposition products;
solvent remains;
PH value;
Color Fastness;
Organotin compounds;
Volatile Substance Emissions;
Flame Retardant Regulations;

4 Products Catagories of OEKO-TEX

First Catagory: Textiles and textile toys for infants and young children aged zero to three years. For example, Underwear, baby jumpsuits, bedding, mattresses, soft toys, etc.
Second Catagory: Textiles with most surfaces in direct contact with the skin. For example, Underwear, bedding, towels, shirts, tops, stockings, etc.
Third Catagory: Textiles that do not have a slight surface contact with the skin. For example, Jackets, Coats, Outdoor Products, etc.
Fourth Catagory: Decorative upholstery materials. For example, tablecloths, curtains.

The Meaning of the Certificate

Indicates that the listed products have passed the standard testing and meet the requirements.
After obtaining the certificate, the inspected products are allowed to be equipped with the Oeko-Tex label.

Validity of OEKO-tex Certificate

Validity: 12 months;
Cost: annually;

To know more, you can visit the OEKO-TEX website.

Hey, I'm Liao, the author of this article. Product advisor at Zibo Be4u Textile Co., Ltd I have been in the textile industry for ten years. And I would like to share what I have learned, hoping that it will help you.

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