MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®
Where it can be used?
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is an independent textile label for highlighting consumer products and semi-finished products at all levels of the textile chain that are made from materials tested for harmful substances and that have been manufactured by using environmentally friendly processes and under safe and socially responsible working conditions.
Basically, any finished textile items and semi-finished products at all levels of the textile supply chain can be granted the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label, including all kinds of items of clothing and furnishings.
Added value for the consumer
The MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label shows the consumer that the textiles concerned are tested for harmful substances and sustainably produced in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines.
Each item certified with the MADE IN GREEN label also features a unique product ID or QR code, which provides full traceability and transparency for the consumer. The labelling system gives them access to information regarding the production facilities along the textile chain in which the textile was produced, the stage of production in which the fabrics were employed and the countries in which the product was manufactured.
The MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label is awarded for a period of one year and must then be issued again.
Auditing of the participating production facilities is a vital part of each certification process for both the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and STeP certification.
All STeP certified production facilities are audited before OEKO-TEX® issues the certificate. After that, regular conformity audits are carried out on all STeP facilities, as well as additional unannounced audits of companies. With production facilities that could reach only level 1 of the 3-level scoring system two unannounced audits will take place within three years. At level 2 companies one unannounced audit will be carried out.
Added value for industry and retail
- Innovation leaders who want to promote new functions and features can use the label directly on their products to document and highlight the close partnerships they have with their suppliers to the outside world.
- Reliable supplier relationships are often a key factor in the successful implementation of sustainable aspects such as product quality, regular education and training of employees and improving working conditions. The MADE IN GREEN label makes all of this visible to the consumer.
- Companies who wish to make their entire supply chain transparent can use the MADE IN GREEN label as a trustworthy sign that their suppliers in countries such as China, India and Bangladesh also adhere to agreed quality standards and working ethics.
- The MADE IN GREEN label provides information regarding the current sustainability of their entire supply chain. Companies can also use the designation to demonstrate continuous improvement as they work to achieve greater sustainability at their individual production sites.
As is the case with all textiles that are certified according to the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, there are also control tests of products with the MADE IN GREEN label that are available on the market, as well as random checks during unannounced company visits.
Unannounced company audits, for instance, are carried out in order to verify that an existing STeP certification is in compliance with the environmental and social criteria (see above).