Please contact the seller or brand directly regarding complaints about products. OEKO-TEX® does not sell or manufacture products; we test and certify textile and leather products.

A general ban on the intentional use of PFAS in textiles, leather, apparel, and footwear has been implemented. Rigorous laboratory testing is conducted for the presence of PFAS in OEKO-TEX® certified products.

PFAS are persistent in the environment due to their low biodegradability. This can lead to accumulation of PFAS along the food chain and in drinking water, which is where PFAS can directly affect human health.


PFAS have been linked to adverse effect on fauna, flora and human life such as affecting hormonal systems, causing defects and cancer, amongst others. A large number of PFAS are already regulated by many countries including the EU, the USA and Canada.

The Detox campaign is a Greenpeace initiative formed to bring attention to pollution in the textile industry and to raise awareness about hazardous chemicals used within the industry. The goal of the Greenpeace campaign is to end toxic water pollution globally. The OEKO-TEX® DETOX TO ZERO system provides an easy-to-use tool which determines the chemicals used in textile and leather production, analyses MRSL compliance of such chemicals, reports the conformity status and outlines improvements. DETOX TO ZERO helps manufacturers and purchasers, as well as brands and retailers, monitor and fulfil the individual Detox and environmental protection commitments.

Yes, ECO PASSPORT certified chemicals meet all product classes of STANDARD 100 (see ANNEX 4 & 6). Under some circumstances the ECO PASSPORT certificate will have restrictions which are shown transparently. The specified parameters have to be checked on the finished textiles and leathers. 

The focus of OEKO-TEX® ORGANIC COTTON is to ensure organic origin via GMO & pesticide testing, as well as the chain-of-custody through transaction certificates and consumer safety via testing for harmful substances. Fundamental social criteria are part of the OEKO-TEX® Code of Conduct, which all OEKO-TEX® customers must comply with. To cover social criteria in the full extent OEKO-TEX® ORGANIC COTTON can be combined with OEKO-TEX® STeP which is also part of OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN, our most comprehensive label that is also traceable.

These are different options to certify organic cotton to ensure transparency and clear communication towards the end-consumers. In those certificates the following products can be certified:


  • ORGANIC COTTON: Materials or products made of 100% organic cotton. The certification can be communicated with the OEKO-TEX® ORGANIC COTTON label.
  • ORGANIC COTTON Blended: Materials and products made of at least 70% organic cotton. The certification can be communicated with the OEKO-TEX® ORGANIC COTTON Blended label.
  • STANDARD 100 GMO: any article that contains organic cotton. Proof of the organic origin must be provided. The certification can be communicated with the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 label, stating organic cotton in the certificate text. Mixtures of organic and conventional cotton are forbidden in all three certificates mentioned above.

OEKO-TEX® ORGANIC COTTON certification streamlines raw material verification, chain-of-custody, and supply chain transparency. Moreover, when coupled with OEKO-TEX® ECO PASSPORT certified chemicals, it reduces testing costs and forms the foundation for OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN label, encompassing sustainability, social criteria, and supply chain transparency.

The transaction of organic cotton is safeguarded by requiring facilities to obtain a transaction certificate and submit supporting documents, including OEKO-TEX® ORGANIC COTTON certificates and invoices. OEKO-TEX® maintains a secure database of transactions to prevent fraudulent activities.

To apply for OEKO-TEX® certification, use the application form available on myOEKO-TEX®. For OEKO-TEX® RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS, complete the application form here.