Ecology and health
The issues of ecology and health are two huge social trends which are also becoming increasingly important within the textile and clothing industry. In view of dwindling resources and the ageing world population, ecologically manufactured textile products and medical textiles provide a crucial contribution to an improved environmental balance, more quality of life and best possible medical care.
In the field of textile ecology, the Hohenstein Institute – a founding member of the International OEKO-TEX® Association – has been offering the certification of textiles tested for harmful substances in line with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 since 1992 as well as of environmentally friendly and socially responsible production facilities in the textile chain in line with OEKO-TEX® STeP (Sustainable Textile Production) .
In medicine, textiles can adopt functions which no other material has. Our specialists are therefore developing innovative applications for the health care system which open up new possibilities in the areas of therapy, diagnostics and prevention: For example treating wounds with drug delivery systems which provide controlled release of therapeutic agents or in the framework of tissue engineering which uses textiles to give shape or to carry cells for the regeneration of tissue and organs.
At the same time our comprehensive testing services support manufacturers of medical products/devices and biofunctional textiles with optimising and marketing their products. For this we provide standardised and custom-made test systems which can reliably prove the effectiveness as well as the safety of textiles for medical applications. Some of these can be marketed with the Hohenstein Quality Label . Examples for product characteristics that can be verified are the barrier function of surgical textiles, the dust mite resistance of mattress covers and casings, the cell-damaging effect and the irritation and allergen potential of textiles. Further aspects are environmental compatibility of technical textiles and clothing, determination of eco-toxicological properties of textiles with nano particle finishes as well as anti-microbial activity.