Hohenstein is a founding member of the OEKO-TEX® Association. We are the largest provider of OEKO-TEX® testing, certifications, labels and tools that enable consumers and companies to protect people and our planet.

Practical Solutions for Consumer Protection and Product Stewardship

Since 1992

OEKO-TEX® provides tools for management and communication of safety and sustainability efforts. The modular system ensures these services work together for traceability, transparency and cost reduction along the textile and leather supply chains.

In 2022, after 30 years, OEKO-TEX® introduced a fresh, new look. See how the rebranded logos and labels can be used.

OEKO-TEX® Supports Better Decisions

OEKO-TEX® labels are trusted around the world and based on rigorous certification standards that are annually updated and renewed.

Conscious Consumers

OEKO-TEX® product labels help consumers identify products that are:

  • Safer for people - have been tested for harmful substances (OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD)
  • Safer for workers and the planet - manufactured in a sustainable and socially responsible way (OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN)

Committed Companies

Certifications for verified chemicals (OEKO-TEX® ECO PASSPORT), materials (OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD) and manufacturing facilities (OEKO-TEX® STeP) ease sourcing decisions, meet sustainability goals and protect reputations.

Globally, over 21,000 manufacturers, brands and retailers formally work with OEKO-TEX®, with many more using the system internally.

OEKO-TEX® Standards

Certifications | Product & Company Labels

The OEKO-TEX® System

OEKO-TEX® supports all stages of the textile/leather chain.

OEKO-TEX® System Details

Restricted Chemicals

Globally harmonized chemical management - updated annually

Over 1000 substances on OEKO-TEX® restricted substance lists (RSL/MRSL)
Control Tests

Reliability through control tests

Hohenstein control tests at least 25% of certified products.
Traceability & Cost Sharing

Guides & Resources

Join >21,000 companies committed to sustainability

Textile Industry Challenges → OEKO-TEX® Tailored Solutions

  • Public, government and NGO focus on chemicals used in and released from manufacturing
    Alignment with industry initiatives (e.g. ZDHC, AAFA), UN SDGs, NGOs, etc.
    Effective protection of consumers, workers and brands
    Traceable, 3rd party labels to avoid greenwashing
  • Extensive water use and discharge
    Environmentally friendly production and efficient resource management
  • Soil & groundwater contamination
    Product and environmental stewardship
  • 196+ countries with differing & constantly changing law
    Compliance with global regulations (REACH, CPSIA, etc.)
  • Factory output, from waste to product, is a result of incoming chemicals
    Responsible chemical management
  • Contract manufacturing complicates chemical management & transparency
    Sustainable sourcing and traceable supply chain tools
    Global compliance system in lieu of proprietary RSLs and extra testing
Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Americas