Many good reasons
There are several good reasons for testing for harmful substances:
- The safety of textiles cannot be determined through visual inspection alone – not even by experts.
Laboratory tests based on scientific findings, carried out by facilities with the required expertise, are the only way to ascertain beyond doubt whether textile items are free from unwanted harmful substances.
- In addition, division of labour is very high in textile production.
The individual production steps are often based in several countries with different legal requirements regarding possible harmful substances. Transparent, globally standardised test criteria as with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® are therefore indispensable when testing for harmful substances.
- Many product properties that we require from textiles today can only be achieved through targeted use of chemicals.
It is therefore even more important that the textile production process uses no unwanted substances which remain as a residue on the final product, possibly causing health problems for the wearer.
- Another advantage of OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances is that it is suitable for all types of textiles available today –
for example for functional sports clothing made of synthetic fibres as well as for shirts made of organic cotton. Problematic substances can enter into the products at all stages of production such as pre-treatment (cleaning), dyeing, finishing or textile printing.
If you want to learn more about what is behind the label "Confidence in textiles", please have a look at the following frequently asked questions regarding product certification according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.