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For consumers, it can be hard to understand whether textiles are produced in a sustainable and fair manner. Certificates can help. Although you can also get lost in the jungle of certificates. And not all certificates are the same. One of the most important textile certificates is OEKO-TEX®.

For 25 years, they have gradually brought more transparency into global textile production processes. OEKO-TEX®, based in Zurich, consists of an association of 18 independent research and testing institutes in the field of textile and leather ecology in Europe and Japan, with contact offices in more than 60 countries. The Swiss offer different standards. The product labels STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® stand for textile and leather products tested for harmful substances. The MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label identifies textiles that have been tested for harmful substances and simultaneously manufactured under sustainable conditions.

The STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification and the DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® analysis optimize the manufacturing process of ecologically and socially responsible textile and leather production. ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® identifies environmentally friendly chemicals, auxiliaries and dyes used in the textile and leather industry. The standards are regularly improved.

The work of the institutes is of great importance to both companies and consumers. Companies can show that they take their environmental and social obligations seriously and thus create trust. For consumers, an OEKO-TEX® certificate is a guarantee that certain standards have been met. In a time when “greenwashing” is a common marketing practice, this certificate is an invaluable tool that facilitates purchasing decisions.

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