Definition of Oeko-Tex
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification is a label created in 1992 by the German research institute Hohenstein and the Austrian Textile Research Institute (ÖTI). It is a normative document of international scope which aims to guarantee fabrics which are harmless to humans, i.e. produced without harmful chemical substances and in accordance with a strictly controlled manufacturing process.
To obtain Oeko-Tex certification, the manufacturer must meet certain conditions in its manufacturing process:
Limitation or exclusion of harmful chemicals (heavy metals, phthalates, allergenic or carcinogenic substances, etc.) depending on use (decoration, textiles, etc.)
From the coating, outer material and seams to the zip; all textile components must comply with Oeko-Tex regulations
Finally, the application for certification must be renewed each year, which guarantees constant monitoring of the conformity of the manufacturing process. It is finally accepted after a series of tests carried out by the Institut Français du Textile-Habillement (IFTH), an approved Oeko-Tex laboratory in France.
The benefits of Oeko-Tex certification
Oeko-Tex certification is a response to the socio-environmental awareness of the textile and clothing industry. Indeed, by limiting or even excluding the use of chemicals in the manufacturing process, it is a guarantee of respect for the environment. In this sense, it also constitutes a benefit for human health because it ensures a natural manufacture of the textile which limits the risks of inconvenience for the skin. Thus, the textile industries mainly use Oeko-Tex fabrics in the manufacture of children’s items and household linen.
Oeko-Tex & Domotex
This is not new; the textile industry has always used chemicals in its production. In 2009, the national consumer institute conducted a study which revealed that out of 40 children’s T-shirts, 9 were declared dangerous due to excessive use of phthalates, endocrine disrupters used in textile designs and inscriptions.
At Domotex, your fabric supplier, we are aware of this danger to our health. This is why 98% of our fabric production is Oeko-Tex certified and Reach regulated to protect the health of our consumers. Indeed, we do our utmost to participate in the virtuous circle of responsible economy so that all the natural needs of mankind are harmless and environmentally friendly. Domotex is also committed to certifying its GOTS fabrics by 2021, to date the highest distinction in terms of social equity and the environment.