WHAT DOES OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 STAND FOR?
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a worldwide, consistent, independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, finished textile fabrics and end products at all stages of production. With their slogan “Confidence in textiles” Oeko-Tex became a worldwide synonym for responsible textile production, safety and transparency. Oeko-Tex certification is a very important step towards less usage of dangerous chemicals in the textile industry.
Nooteboom Textiles supports this initiative.
The goal of Oeko-Tex is to provide the end consumer with a reliable, third-party, independent product label for non-hazardous products that are tested in accordance with the Standard 100 criteria. Oeko-Tex supports companies in the textile chain who ensure their products are free of harmful substances. Annual tests are carried our exclusively by authorized, independent textile research and testing institutes with proven expertise. Tests for harmful substances include those prohibited and/or regulated by law, chemicals that according to current knowledge are harmful to health and testing parameters such as precautionary measures to safeguard health. All Oeko-Tex certified fabrics are tested for substances like prohibited AZO dye stuff, pesticides, extractable heavy metals and pH value.
Our licence number for Oeko-Tex class I is 1909104 Centexbel, our licence number for Oeko-Tex class II is 1711060 Centexbel and our licence for Oeko-Tex class I Organic is 2209208 Centexbel.
WHAT ARE THE FOUR CLASSES OF OEKO-TEX CERTIFICATIONS?
There are four classes of Oeko-Tex, because the more the skin contact of a textile, the stricter the requirements that need to be fulfilled in terms of human ecology.
Class I: Textiles for babies and toddlers up to the age of three (underwear, romper suits, children toys);
Class II: Textiles that have a large part of their surface in direct contact with the skin (shirts, blouses, socks);
Class III: Textiles that do not come into contact with the skin or only have a small part of the surface in contact with the skin (jackets, coats, interlining materials);
Class IV: Materials for interior decorating and decorative purposes (curtains, upholstery, bags).