Effective protection against possible harmful substances in textiles is provided by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which the Hohenstein Institutes helped to develop 15 years ago. This is a voluntary test and certification system for textile fibers, yarns, fabrics and manufactured end products of all kinds. Items that have been tested successfully can be endorsed by retailers with the product label “Confidence in Textiles“, which provides a valuable guide for purchasers of textiles.
The test criteria include legally banned or regulated substances, chemicals that are known to be harmful to health and parameters enabling consumers to take precautions regarding their health. Taken as a whole, therefore, they go far beyond existing legal requirements. The level of testing depends on the intended use of the textile product in question: the closer the skin contact, the stricter the limits that are prescribed. Baby items and textile toys are therefore tested particularly rigorously.