Frequently asked questions about using the MADE IN GREEN label

What does the optional QR code on the label or hang tag reference?

The QR code, like the product ID, leads directly to the production validation for the labelled product on the MADE IN GREEN consumer website.

What is a QR code and how is it used on the label?

QR ("Quick Response") codes are 2D codes that can be scanned and read by mobile devices with QR code readers. Apps with suitable QR code readers are for example "Quick Scan" for iOs devices or "QR Droid" for Android devices. They can be used to display images for items such as web addresses. The use of QR codes is very practical because the web address and product ID do not have to be entered manually.

On the MADE IN GREEN label, the QR code is an optional element that, like the product ID, leads directly to the production validation of a labelled product on the MADE IN GREEN consumer website.

Is the label also allowed to be displayed in monochrome?

To raise the profile of the label and ensure it is as recognisable as possible, OEKO-TEX® recommends displaying the label in 4c (four-colour).

If a 4c display is not possible due to exceptional circumstances (for instance, due to the company's own corporate identity), the label is permitted to be displayed in black and white. You can go to the OEKO-TEX® Dashboard to access the various label versions.

What is the meaning of the product ID on the label?

The product ID on the label can be used to go to the MADE IN GREEN consumer website and view the production validation for the labelled product.

Can other texts or elements be added to the label?

OEKO-TEX® offers certificate holders a number of versions of the MADE IN GREEN label. If you wish to add further elements like your own QR code or texts in individual cases, they must always be added away from the label template.

In which file formats are the labels available?

As standard, PNG and print-ready PDF files can be generated for the label versions on the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard. The label templates must not be changed. Regarding the colour scheme and so on, see the menu item "Graphic Specifications" for more information.

Can multiple languages be included on the one label?

OEKO-TEX® recommends using monolingual labels in the language of your target market.

If needed, OEKO-TEX® can create labels with multiple languages. In such a situation, the costs are borne by the label owner. For more information, please contact OEKO-TEX® at: info@oeko-tex.com.

From which STeP level can I use the MADE IN GREEN label?

The STeP certification level reached is irrelevant. The MADE IN GREEN label can be used when the following conditions are met:

Requirements and criteria for using the "MADE IN GREEN" label to label textile products that consumers can purchase on the market:

  • Each individual component that makes up at least 5 % of the total weight of a textile product must originate from STeP certified production facilities. At least 85 % of the weight of an individual textile product must originate from STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified production facilities.
  • A general rule for the above criteria is that all of the facilities in which the making-up process and wet-chemical processing takes place must be certified in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX®.
  • The product must be certified in accordance with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.

Requirements and criteria for semi-finished goods that are sold to companies within the supply chain:

The label holder must be certified according to STeP by OEKO-TEX® and meet all of the criteria specified above.

Which products am I allowed to label?

The "MADE IN GREEN" product label can be used to highlight textiles

The issuer of the label is obligated to confirm that the MADE IN GREEN criteria have been fulfilled (declaration of conformity).

What am I not permitted to do when using the MADE IN GREEN label?

As a fundamental rule, the only goods that can be awarded with the MADE IN GREEN label are goods that have been produced in accordance with the MADE IN GREEN criteria and subsequently comply with the mandatory OEKO-TEX® guidelines.

Apart from that, the following items are not permitted:

  • Labels that display an incomplete or incorrect MADE IN GREEN Logo or incomplete or incorrect statements from OEKO-TEX®.
  • Products that have not been completely or correctly awarded.
  • Other information that was not clearly established by the OEKO-TEX® Service.

What happens when a certificate (STeP or STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®) has been withdrawn but the MADE IN GREEN label is still used?

If a product continues to use the MADE IN GREEN label even though OEKO-TEX® has withdrawn the fundamental certificates (STeP or STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®), the OEKO-TEX® Association is entitled to revoke the MADE IN GREEN label – after two warnings at most – and publicise the fact that the label has been withdrawn in an appropriate form.

  • In each of the situations described, OEKO-TEX® will initiate legal proceedings. All disputes will be handled by a court of competent jurisdiction in Zurich.
  • The use of existing advertising materials, displays, labels, and so on, is permitted for a maximum of two months after the MADE IN GREEN label has been withdrawn.
  • Products that were awarded before the MADE IN GREEN label was withdrawn and that have been produced under the correct conditions are allowed to remain on the market.

What happens if a product is advertised using the MADE IN GREEN label without authorisation?

A product can only be awarded with MADE IN GREEN if it complies with the applicable OEKO-TEX® guidelines.

If the label is placed on a product without authorisation, the OEKO-TEX® Association will initiate legal proceedings. All disputes are handled by a court of competent jurisdiction in Zurich.

Where can I download the label template?

Certificate holders can download print-ready PDF files and web-enabled files in PNG format for the various label versions from the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard.

If you do not have access details for the Dashboard, you can request it here.