We all wear outerwear such as T-shirts, shirts, blouses, trousers, skirts, dresses, shorts or socks for many hours every day. Vivid colours, fashionable patterns, applications, prints and coatings – we all like different things. Finishes such as non-iron, stain resistant or anti-crease properties have been common for some time. However, these product properties cannot be achieved without the use of chemical substances.
As a rule, outerwear worn close to the skin is allocated to OEKO-TEX® product class II. Garments without direct skin contact on the other hand, like jackets or coats, have to meet at least the requirements of OEKO-TEX® product class III.
In addition to the usual criteria, the products are assessed for resistance to rubbing, sweat and water. This ensures that even with intensive movements and sweaty skin no unwanted substances can be released from the textile materials and absorbed by the body. There is also a special test for allergenic disperse dyestuffs which in the worst case can result in skin irritation or allergies. Metal accessories such as buttons, zips, hooks or eyelets etc. are subjected to a test for allergenic heavy metals like nickel. In the interest of safeguarding health, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® also requires good colour fastness and a skin-friendly pH-value for outerwear.