The OEKO-TEX Ecolabel has updated the test criteria to apply, the limit value and the requirements for the certification and label in this standard. All new regulations will take effect after a transition period of 1 April 2021. OEKO-TEX inspection and certification processes ensure the highest level of sustainability and consumer protection for textile and leather products.
As part of the OEKO-TEX Leather Standard, OEKO-TEX's partner institutes will in the future certify leather free of chromium and metal. These natural products are tested for metal content in leather with different limit values and receive acceptance within the scope of certification. According to a company press release, the certifications prove more and more demand for sustainable labeling for textiles and leather.
The "Made In Green" label of OEKO-TEX is once again the most thriving OEKO-TEX product. Compared to the previous year, the number of valid labels increased by 267% from 1093 to 4010 (as of December 31, 2020). OEKO-TEX's goal for 2021 is to systematically integrate carbon emissions and wastewater into the label “Made In Green”. This allows consumers to find out first-hand - by scanning each product's label - what the terms have on our ecosystem. To assess feasibility and check how carbon and wastewater emissions are combined as an integral part of OEKO-TEX's portfolio, OEKO-TEX started a pilot project at the end of 2019 in partnership with Calida - a global lingerie and pajamas supplier and Quantis - a leading international sustainability company. is known for its data-driven sustainability approach. The purpose behind product labels is to direct consumers to products with transparent supply chain information and manufactured using low-impact technology.
OEKO-TEX gave virtual assessments of the production site due to travel and contact restrictions caused by COVID-19. This applies to evaluation tests against OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and Leather Standard as well as virtual reality visits for STeP (Sustainable Textile Production) certification and Eco Passport (independent certification system for chemicals, dyes (printing inks) and auxiliaries used in the textile and leather industries). Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) are industrial chemicals mainly used for coatings such as outdoor clothing. Based on the recent EU risk assessment, OEKO-TEX has also changed the limit values for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and salt as well as PFOA-related substances. In the OEKO-TEX Eco Passport certificate,2 ) Added CAS index for size respirable particles.
In this context, the OEKO-TEX MRSL (Prohibited and Restricted Chemical List) STeP certification has also been extended to include titanium dioxide (TiO 2 ) for particles of respirable size. OEKO-TEX is a member of the ZDHC (No Hazardous Chemicals) group, ZDHC recently published the first ZDHC White book on emissions. As part of the standardization process, OEKO-TEX has tightened the limits for sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) on solid and liquid fuel emissions as part of the OEKO-TEX STeP certification. In general, strict residue requirements in textiles also result in lower impacts on the environment, workers and consumers.
During the year 2021, OEKO-TEX is also observing other substances based on the latest scientific findings and compliance with related specifications. This is mainly related to a number of new substances classified as SVHC (high-risk substances), under REACH (European Union Safety Regulatory System) regulations on health protection. human and the environment, have identified as having particularly dangerous properties. These include substances from diisocyanates that can cause allergic reactions by skin contact and inhalation. The chemical compounds dibutyltin bis (acetylacetonate), 2-methylimidazole and 1-vinylimidazole will also be closely examined in the future.