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GOTS® + 100 Standard by OEKO-TEX®

Let's take a closer look at what these highly regarded certifications cover.  You can look for these certifications when purchasing fabric, clothing and bedding.  These accreditations ensure that the textiles are manufactured to ethical and sustainable standards and that both the environmental and social factors are considered. 

Please note, not all of our current fabrics are certified by the following accreditations.  However, as we grow, we are working towards including more fabrics that meet these standards.  Each of our product listings gives you details on which of these certifications they have. 

The Global Organic Textile Standard

"The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer."

To obtain the GOTS certification, fibres are independently assessed to ensure they meet stringent environmental and social criteria.  More details on these can be found here.  From fibre production, through to processing and manufacturing, the certification covers the entire textile supply chain.   

For textiles to carry the GOTS 'organic' label, they must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibre.  Where an organic fibre is blended, the product can carry the GOTS 'made with organic' label.  But the blend must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibre.

 

The OEKO-TEX 100 Standard

"STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances.  It stands for customer confidence and high product safety."

To obtain th OEKO-TEX® 100 Standard certification, textiles undergo a neutral & independent test to check for harmful substances.  The list of substances the test covers can be found here.  

The standard takes into account the following:

- Regulations regarding prohibited azo dyes, formaldehyde (free and partially releasable), heavy metals (including lead, copper, nickel) and certain pesticides; 
- Unregulated chemicals that are known to be harmful to health; and
- Requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the REACh Directive, and of the ECHA-SVHC Candidate List are also covered by the test method.

 

The OEKO-TEX® laboratory tests include almost 100 test parameters and it also takes into consideration the intended final use of the textiles.  The more intensive the skin contact of a textile product, the stricter the limit values for each product class.

Look for 100 standard by OEKO-TEX® certifications that meet:

Product class I: Articles for babies and toddlers
Product class II: Articles with direct contact to the skin

Please note, the 100 Standard by OEKO-TEX® should not be confused for organic certification.  Although, some organic fabrics will also carry the OEKO-TEX® accreditation.