Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® looks at hazardous substances, such as heavy metals, toxic dyes and carcinogens, making sure textiles are safe for the people and the environment.
The standard applies to various levels of production, such as raw and finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, sewing threads or labels as well as ready-made garments. For a whole garment to be certified, all of its components need to have the Standard 100 certification.
This certification goes beyond fashion industry and is also applicable to mattresses, feathers and downs, foams and upholstery.
The standard was introduced in 1992, with a focus on consumer health – especially to prevent adverse health reactions to textiles.
The tests are based on the release of harmful substances from the material, which has to meet a scientifically founded criteria catalogue with more than 100 individual parameters. The closest the material comes into contact with the skin the higher the requirements need to be met in tests.
OEKO-TEX® 100 is the most well-known standard by OEKO-TEX® as well as one of the most accepted and recognised certification globally.