Better input decisions have a cumulative effect.


  • More products are labeled 'organic cotton' than the world's capacity to grow it
  • Chemicals are often chosen for performance, with less regard for their effects on the environment, workers and consumers
  • Toxics used during textile and leather production are often released into waterways and ground soil
  • Regulations and initiatives are increasing scrutiny on chemical use in textiles and leather - Constant monitoring and implementation challenges even the largest companies

OEKO-TEX® certifies chemicals and traces organic cotton for use in responsible workplaces and safer products. These certified inputs are listed publicly, easing sourcing decisions where they have the biggest impact.

OEKO-TEX® ECO PASSPORT certification screens chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries for safer use in textiles, leather, apparel and footwear. Its comprehensive restricted substance list is used by organizations and companies around the world. The required testing facilitates trust.

OEKO-TEX® ORGANIC COTTON certification traces the entire organic supply chain, certifying each transaction. Pesticide testing and GMO quantification prove organic origins. Testing for harmful substances ensures the safety that consumers expect from ‘organic’.

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Americas