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7th October 2014, Zurich

New Oeko-Tex product label for safe and sustainably produced textiles

Switzerland based Oeko-Tex Association presents a new certification for textiles proven to be safe in terms of human ecology and that are additionally produced in a sustainable and socially responsible manner, with a product label Made in Green by Oeko-Tex.

The label replaces the previous certification system Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus and the Spanish mark Made in Green by Aitex.

The label replaces the previous certification system Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus and the Spanish mark Made in Green by Aitex.

The latter is already used by several companies, of which Mango is the most well-known fashion brand, which use it to distinguish their products. After taking over the name rights, Oeko-Tex and its 16 member institutes are, from now on, the exclusive issuers of the new Made in Green label.

Perfect tool for communicating

“As a logical enhancement of our product portfolio, the Made in Green by Oeko-Tex label offers companies in the textile industry the perfect tool for communicating to the consumer their commitment to sustainability directly on the product,” commented Dr Jean-Pierre Haug, Oeko-Tex General Secretary.

With the STeP by Oeko-Tex certification, brand suppliers, manufacturers and retailers since last year have been able to have their production plants assessed, analysed and audited by the Oeko-Tex institutes with regard to sustainable production conditions.

Complete up-to-date package

As a logical enhancement to this, Oeko-Tex recently also developed MySTeP database which enables the central administration of existing Oeko-Tex certificates and optimum management of the complete supply chain with regard to sustainable key performance indicators (KPIs).

With the established Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and the latest range of Oeko-Tex services, the textile and clothing industry now has at its disposal a complete up-to-date package, which can specifically support companies on their path to improved product safety and sustainability, the Association reports.

Added value

“The basic difference and added value when compared with its predecessors is in the transparency of the new Made in Green by Oeko-Tex label for the consumers,” explained Dr Haug.

Using the given test number and a QR code, the textiles and the manufacturing process can be tracked. Other prerequisites apply for the allocation of the Made in Green by Oeko-Tex label than for the Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus and Made in Green by Aitex.

“We understand that not all companies can meet the requirements for the new product certification Made in Green by Oeko-Tex straight away. In spite of this, the Oeko-Tex Association cannot relax the defined requirements under any circumstances. However, we offer all companies the best possible support in the implementation of the necessary prerequisites,” said Dr Haug.

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  • Juris bruzuks 9th October 2014 7:29AM

    Oeko-Tex ??? This is a `Misleading Myth` that we increasingly hear being told to us by designers and sellers of fabrics and yarns in the modern fashion industry, so as to be able to entice out more money from the consumer. At some stage during their make-up all fabrics, fibers, yarns and fabrics are: • Exposed to washing with detergents and softener so as to give them a clean and soft feel next to the skin. • Dyeing is carried out to give the fabrics and yarns attractive colors thus making them more pleasing to the eye and easier to sell than they would be in their original state. • Even a plain white fabric or yarn is not naturally white… the white has been achieved through the process of bleaching. All Detergents, Softeners, Dyes, and Bleaches as used today in the 21st century treatment of fabrics and yarns are chemically based. Even the wool that comes from a sheep is washed and dyed prior to being spun into a yarn…. What of the feed that the sheep ate? Was that not also treated with chemicals? What of the inoculations that the sheep receives to keep it healthy and disease free? Are they not also chemical based and made in a laboratory somewhere? The closest exception to this rule is silk as it requires no washing or chemicals to be spun and wove into a fabric, however… people tend to like nice colors which are added through the introduction of dyes which are in effect chemical based. It can be said that some yarns and fabrics are "Less Environmentally Damaging" than others, but not that they are "Eco Friendly" as they to some degree have received some treatment with chemicals. In this day and age where chemicals are in everything we eat, drink, and wear, people having become "Environmentally Aware" and are trying to save the planet. Manufacturers and sellers of food, drink, fabrics, and yarns have also been quick to jump on the band wagon trying to cut for them selves a new niche in the market by declaring their goods to be "Environmentally Friendly" so as to make more sales and extract higher profit margins.… ...by right their products should be saying "Less Environmentally Damaging" as this is the only true claim that they can make.

    The best clothes- Lack of Seams Clothes Juris Bruzhuks and John De Prendergast.

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