Recycled materials are difficult to certify. With their previous life, recycled materials are posing different challenges than regular virgin material. Therefore within the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 framework these materials are treated differently.
For the certification of recycled materials with OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 different rules apply as for regular materials. If recycled is mentioned in the article scope the following basic rules apply:
At least 20% of the main textile material needs to be recycled
More information about the source of the materials is requested in the application
An effective quality management system needs to be proven. This is needed to ensure a consistent product quality.
The testing program can differ compared to virgin material. While there is no chemical test whether a material is recycled or not, the varying source can lead to a higher testing frequency.
A separate certificate from a virgin material is needed.
Blends with virgin materials are allowed when they are necessary for the manufacturing of the material.
If you have successfully undergone the certification process for STANDARD 100, you can label your products accordingly for 12 months.
License fees are charged for the certification. Depending on the amount of testing involved, this includes the laboratory costs and costs for visits to your company. Our institutes will be happy to make you a non-binding offer.
You can request an extension of your STANDARD 100 certificate at any time from your responsible institute.
As holder of a STANDARD 100 certificate, you agree to undergo regular audits by our independent testing institutes. The mandatory company visits take place in a 3-year cycle.
Your benefits as a manufacturer
You are able to show your supply chain that you are offering recycled materials – and that they are tested for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100.
A hangtag informs consumers about recycling in the sense of a circular economy.