What is the Oeko-Tex Certification?
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 or Öko-Tex Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile products from all stages of production (fibers, yarns, fabrics, ready-to-use end products, including accessories) along the textile value chain.
The label “Confidence in Textiles” of the product-related Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (textiles tested for harmful substances) is supplemented by the certification of environmentally friendly production facilities according to Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 and by the product label Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus for products tested for harmful substances from environmentally friendly production.
You can have the best of both worlds
When looking for textiles, you can find Oeko-Tex® products with the label “Confidence in Textiles” in all segments of retail. If you have other priorities such as color, pattern, fit, durability, or material, that doesn’t mean you cannot also appreciate the additional benefit of having a product tested for harmful substances.
Luxury brands like Amalia Home Collection work everyday to provide beautiful designs, woven from the best raw materials, that were also tested for harmful substances, holding the Oeko-Tex certification.
“If you want to be on the safe side your buying principle should be: Trust is good, certification is better.” – Oeko-Tex® Association
Textiles should never affect our health
If we think about the way we shop for textiles, it’s easy to understand how many different types of textiles we need, and that there are different requirements for each one.
When looking for everyday clothes, we tend to focus on the style, durability, or the way something feels on our skin. When we’re looking for bed linens, we look mainly for softness, comfort, and a design that would match our bedroom decor.
But one important thing has to remain and be transversal to all different types of textiles: their safety! Textile certifications, such as Oeko-Tex, are a guarantee of quality and safety.
When shopping textiles, such as bedding, search for the Oeko-Tex label.
Why you can rely on Oeko-Tex certification
As a consumer, clothing and home textiles certified according to STANDARD 100 by Oeko-Tex® offer us assurance that our textiles are clean and safe.
The information below highlights the primary reasons that you can trust the reliability of this certification:
- Prerequisite for the Oeko-Tex® product certification is that all components of a product have to comply with the required test criteria without exception, that is the outer fabric of the garment in addition to sewing threads, accessory parts such as buttons, studs, zips as well as coatings, prints and other applications.
- The criteria for Oeko-Tex® testing for harmful substances are revised every year and are therefore always up to date with regard to legal regulations and the newest scientific findings.
- The Oeko-Tex® test criteria have global validity. It therefore does not matter where the certified products are manufactured and where consumers buy them.
- Whether products made from organic cotton or recycled materials, whether basic items or high-tech products – Oeko-Tex® testing for harmful substances ensures that the certified textiles are harmless to health.
- Testing and certification of the textiles is carried out exclusively by neutral/independent facilities: The accredited research and testing institutes of the International Oeko-Tex® Association.
- Oeko-Tex® certified items are also subject to random testing after certification in the framework of product checks.
- The Oeko-Tex® laboratory tests also take into account all conceivable ways how harmful substances could enter the body.
- Consumers can independently verify the validity of a label using the test number stated at any time.
The Oeko-Tex® Association
The Oeko-Tex® test and certification system is centrally issued by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology with headquarters in Zurich.
Its current members are 18 independent and accredited facilities for textile testing and research in Europe and Japan. In addition, the Oeko-Tex® Association currently operates 50 contact offices in all important global regions of textile production.
The International Oeko-Tex® Association stands for “Confidence in Textiles”. As independent textile testing institutes, the association works for enhanced product safety and sustainable production in the textile value chain through continuous improvement.
Their values are:
- Promise of a passion for textiles
- Building trust within the supply chain and with the consumer
- Ensuring independent verification
Amalia Home Collection – European luxury bedding
Four generations of knowledge continually producing high quality bed linen.
Since 1922, the Amalia Home Collection has been developing and producing luxurious and artistic home textiles, made in Portugal, and inspired by the Portuguese culture and its beautiful landscapes.