LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®
The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent product label for all kinds of leather articles tested for harmful substances - from semifinished leather products, finished leather, or leather fiber material to ready made articles (garments of all types, accessories, leather gloves, leather handbags, leather covers and much more).
Awarding the label
The precondition for the certification of leather materials and leather articles/products in accordance with LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is that all parts of an article meet the required criteria – in addition to the leather, for example, also textile fabrics, sewing threads, inserts, prints, labels etc., as well as non-textile accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.
For the leather materials the conditions and criteria of the latest valid LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® are applied, for non-leather components contained (e.g. textile materials, metallic accessories etc.) the requirements of the latest valid STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® have to be fulfilled.
Laboratory tests and product classes
The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances are fundamentally based on the respective purpose of the leather materials respectively leather articles/products. The more intensive the skin contact of a product and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements that need to be complied with.
Accordingly, a distinction is made between four product classes:
- Product class I:
Products for babies and toddlers up to 3 years age (leather clothing, leather gloves, crawling sheepskin, fur etc.)
- Product class II:
Products that are worn close to the skin (leather trousers/-jackets, leather underwear etc.)
- Product class III:
Products used away from the skin (lined leather jackets/overcoats, leather handbags, leather belts etc.)
- Product class IV:
Decoration/Furnishing materials (upholstery leather covers etc.)