The nice thing is Oeko-Tex labels and certificates confirm the human-ecological safety of textile products and leather articles from all stages of production (raw materials and fibres, yarns, fabrics, ready-to-use end products) along the textile value chain! Some also attest to socially and environmentally sound conditions in production facilities.
Ok, you have an overview, but which kind of specific certificates do they have?
by Oeko-Tex product label, is a document of testing methods and limit values for potentially harmful chemicals. What is interesting is that this testing and certification system may be applied to textile materials, intermediate products at all stages of production and ready-made textile articles. For example: raw and dyed finished yarns, raw and dyed finished fabrics and knits, and consumer goods (all types of clothing, home and household textiles, bed linen, terry cloth items, textile toys and more).
The Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex aims at making it obvious to consumers that the labeled textile products have undergone laboratory testing for a wide range of harmful substances, and that the content of those substances remains below the limit values established by the Oeko-Tex Association. All of the Friendly Factory factories have the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certificate!
by Oeko-Tex (Sustainable Textile Production) is a worldwide certification system for environmentally friendly and socially responsible production facilities in the textile and clothing industry (:
A STeP label is not meant to be displayed on products, but rather to be used in business-to-business communication. Given the locally different legislative regulations, STeP is a tool to render the sustainability and social achievements of textile facilities comparable across country borders, isn't it nice? The guiding principle of certification according to STeP by Oeko-Tex is not a one-off optimization of environmental measures but the permanent improvement of overall environmental performance within a company!
Made in Green
by Oeko-Tex is a label for textile products that are sustainably produced and have been tested for harmful substances according to the Oeko-Tex criteria.
Specifically, the textile product must have undergone successful testing for compliance with the requirements of the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, and the product as well as the majority of its components and predecessors are produced by companies that have been audited and STeP certified by Oeko-Tex.
Those kind of certificates are so so important for big companies to prove the safety of their product and production process, but it may be hard to get for small business, you should reach us to understand which kind of factory fits better with the core values of your company and which certificates do they have!