Ensure your products do more than set trends.

Consumers base their purchasing decisions on more than just look and fit. They also care that textiles do not harm the health of their familes, the environment and the workers. Shoppers cannot assess these factors on their own.

The STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® product labels give purchasers, brands, retailers and consumers the certainty that products were tested for harmful substances to meet strict OEKO-TEX® requirements. Furthermore, the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label lets shows that labeled clothing and home textiles have been manufactured in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way. The OEKO-TEX® product labels create trust and brand loyalty.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

Protection from harmful substances through independent testing & certification

STANDARD 100 means safe for human ecology.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a globally standardized, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished and finished textile products at all processing levels, and their accessories. Products that have been successfully tested for harmful substances are awarded the STANDARD 100 label for clear and efficient customer communication. In the B2B sector, the certificate provides independent verification and reputation protection.  Testing for harmful substances  with STANDARD 100 incorporates important legal regulations, numerous chemicals that pose a risk to health (including some that are not yet legally regulated) and a wide variety of health care parameters.

  1. To provide the consumer with a reliable, 3rd-party label for non-hazardous products that are tested in accordance with strict global standards to protect from harmful substances in textiles
  2. To provide targeted support for companies in the textile chain with human-ecological product safety, based on a scientific criteria catalogue and neutral laboratory tests
  3. To simplify and accelerate supply relationships for manufacturers and retailers who want to ensure product safety for their customers
  4. To achieve legal conformity for importers, retailers and manufacturers

OEKO-TEX® is based on a modular system. Certification is available for every stage of the textile chain and certificates from prior stages are recognized downstream. This means that costs are shared throughout the supply chain and traceability enhanced.

The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue contains a wide variety of test parameters that consider all ways a substance can be absorbed (skin, mouth, breathing). The central components of STANDARD 100 - requirements, limit values and test methods - are based on science. In many cases, the test criteria and limit values go far beyond applicable international standards. The inclusion of potentially harmful substances that are not yet legally regulated reflects the pioneering role that the STANDARD 100 has played since 1992.

STANDARD 100 tests for harmful substances based on the product's purpose. The more intensive the skin contact and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements.

The article description on the certificate is based on a representative selection of samples which must cover the entire product group to be certified.  An incomplete sample selection may lead to a restriction of the certified article group.

Sample instructions

If descriptions such as “organic” or “made of organically grown cotton” are included on a STANDARD 100 certificate, the products must have been tested for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) during the OEKO-TEX® laboratory tests. This gives you and your customers confidence that your organic cotton products actually contain what they claim - genuine organic materials. If requested, the GMO test is also available for products made of conventionally grown cotton.

Hohenstein has lent its GMO testing method to the other OEKO-TEX® institutes so that organic cotton products from all levels of the supply chain can be verified.

A STANDARD 100 certificate is valid for twelve months and can be renewed annually. We recommend starting the renewal process up to 3 months before expriry to ensure continuous product safety and smooth process along the modular OEKO-TEX® system. Many downstream certifications are dependent on pre-certified components from suppliers.

To ensure consistent safety of certified products, an approved quality management system must be in place. Qualified auditors verify systems during on-site quality assurance meetings. These meetings occurs within the first year of certification and every third year thereater.

In addition to internal quality assurance programs, the certified company agrees to the declaration of conformity during application. This agreement allows OEKO-TEX® institutes to conduct control tests.

Each year, Hohenstein control tests at least 25% of certified products. Previously certified materials are re-tested during certification processes for downstream products. Random samples of OEKO-TEX® certified products are purchased from stores and tested again in the laboratory. In addition, independent auditors commissioned by OEKO-TEX® conduct unannounced site inspections to assess on-site quality assurance in the facilities.

A STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certificate and label are awarded only when all the component parts meet the test criteria. Finished goods must have their own certification, even if all the individual components have already been certified.

Since the STANDARD 100 label is a protected trademark, all companies using the label must comply with the labeling rules. Forgery and misuse of the trademark will be prosecuted under criminal and civil law.

A STANDARD 100 label is only valid if the test number and the responsible testing institute are shown. These details must also correspond to the company’s own certificate.

For B2B purchasers, a STANDARD 100 label applied to a product is not sufficient proof of successful testing. Buyers should always require the supplier to submit a valid OEKO-TEX® certificate. The details on the STANDARD 100 label (test number and test institution) must correspond to those on the certificate and the product must be included in the certificate scope. 

Please view the labeling guide and contact us with questions.

STANDARD 100 Benefits

  • A practical tool for quality assurance
  • Consumer protection with textile products that are harmless to human ecology and legally compliant - without expending internal resources
  • The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue is applied consistently worldwide and provides standardized requirements for purchasing and delivery
  • Many retailers and brands have Restricted Substances Lists (RSLs) based on STANDARD 100 and accept certification proof in lieu of additional testing
  • As a 3rd party verified label, STANDARD 100 is a helpful marketing tool for transparently documenting and promoting product stewardship efforts
  • The built in transparency increases product safety and saves time, especially for companies with extremely short production cycles and expensive internal quality assurance systems
  • The modular principle of STANDARD 100 facilitates testing and certification of textile products at every processing stage. Duplicate testing costs are avoided by using certificates from prior stages – even for products with complex structures

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

Traceable label for textiles & products that provides transparency and assurance to partners and consumers

MADE IN GREEN means sustainability and traceability.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a traceable product label that is issued for textiles that have been:

  • Tested for harmful substances
  • Produced in environmentally friendly facilities
  • Produced in safe and socially responsible workplaces

The MADE IN GREEN label can be awarded to any textile product at any stage of production. Products with the label are easy to trace, enabling a whole new level of transparency for companies and consumers.

Any company in the textile chain can apply to use the MADE IN GREEN product label.

MADE IN GREEN labeled products must meet the following requirements:

  1. Each component that makes up at least 5% of the total weight of the labeled product must originate from production facilities that have been certified with STeP by OEKO-TEX®.
  2. At least 85% of a labeled product's total weight must originate from production facilities that have been STeP certified.
  3. All cut and sew and wet-chemical processing must take place in a STeP certified facility. 
  4. The product must be STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®certified. 

Interim products that are sold to companies within the supply chain must be certified with STeP by OEKO-TEX® and meet all the criteria mentioned above.

The MADE IN GREEN label requires annual renewal. A purchaser of a MADE IN GREEN labeled product must be able to trace the information for five years. If there are any changes to the supply chain that relate to the label requirements, a new label must be issued.

Each MADE IN GREEN label includes a unique product ID. Consumers can verify the label's authenticity by entering the product ID at madeingreen.com or scanning the code. Companies using the MADE IN GREEN label can also use the MADE IN GREEN dashboard to validate labels.

The product ID provides information about where a product was manufactured and shows that it has been tested for harmful substances and produced in accordance with OEKO-TEX® principles.

Products that have been tested for harmful substances can be labeled with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a traceable product label for textiles that have been tested for harmful substances plus manufactured with environmentally friendly and socially responsible production processes.

MADE IN GREEN Benefits

  • MADE IN GREEN label is a trustworthy way to create supply chain transparency
  • MADE IN GREEN communicates commitment to sustainability, high quality and environmental standards and responsible working conditions
  • The unique product ID facilitates transparency for consumers and customers
  • The MADE IN GREEN label highlights long-term suppliers who have worked to achieve sustainability objectives and good working conditions
  • The OEKO-TEX® system assists in establishing and tracking sustainable production and working conditions through the supply chain

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Independent certification for leather articles tested for harmful substances at all production levels

Like STANDARD 100 - for leather.

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a globally harmonized, independent testing and certification system for leather products and accessories at all stages of production. Testing for harmful substances with LEATHER STANDARD incorporates important legal regulations, chemicals that pose a risk to health (including some that are not yet legally regulated) and a wide variety of health care parameters.

  1. To provide consumers a reliable, 3rd-party label for non-hazardous products that are tested to strict global standards and effectively protect from harmful substances in leather
  2. To provide targeted support for companies in the supply chain with human-ecological product safety, based on a scientific criteria catalogue and neutral laboratory tests
  3. To simplify and accelerate supply relationships for manufacturers and retailers who want to ensure product safety for their customers
  4. To achieve legal conformity for importers, retailers and manufacturers

OEKO-TEX® is based on a modular system. Certification is available for every stage of the supply chain and certificates from prior stages are recognized downstream. This means that costs are shared throughout the supply chain and traceability enhanced.

The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue contains a wide variety of test parameters that consider all ways a substance can be absorbed (skin, mouth, breathing). The central components of LEATHER STANDARD  - requirements, limit values and test methods - are based on science. In many cases, the test criteria and limit values go far beyond applicable international standards.

LEATHER STANDARD tests for harmful substances based on the product's purpose. The more intensive the skin contact and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements.

The article description on the certificate is based on a representative selection of samples which must cover the entire product group to be certified.  An incomplete sample selection may lead to a restriction of the certified article group.

Sample instructions

A LEATHER STANDARD certificate is valid for twelve months and can be renewed annually. We recommend starting the renewal process up to 3 months before expriry to ensure continuous product safety and smooth process along the modular OEKO-TEX® system. Many downstream certifications are dependent on pre-certified components from suppliers.

To ensure consistent safety of certified products, an approved quality management system must be in place. Qualified auditors verify systems during on-site quality assurance meetings. These meetings occurs within the first year of certification and every third year thereater.

In addition to internal quality assurance programs, the certified company agrees to the declaration of conformity during application. This agreement allows OEKO-TEX® institutes to conduct control tests.

Each year, Hohenstein control tests at least 25% of certified products. Previously certified materials are re-tested during certification processes for downstream products. Random samples of OEKO-TEX® certified products are purchased from stores and tested again in the laboratory. In addition, independent auditors commissioned by OEKO-TEX® conduct unannounced site inspections to assess on-site quality assurance in the facilities.

The limit values have been adjusted to leather properties that involve production processes and chemicals that differ from textiles.

By signing the application, the applicant commits to and is solely responsible for complying with all relevant animal and species conservation legislation.

A LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® certificate and label are awarded only when all the component parts meet the test criteria. Finished goods must have their own certification, even if all the individual components have already been certified. Component parts include any textile fabrics, sewing threads, inserts, prints, labels, buttons, zip fasteners or rivets.

Since the LEATHER STANDARD label is a protected trademark, all companies using the label must comply with the labeling rules. Forgery and misuse of the trademark will be prosecuted under criminal and civil law.

A LEATHER STANDARD label is only valid if the test number and the responsible testing institute are shown. These details must also correspond to the company’s own certificate.

For B2B purchasers, a LEATHER STANDARD label applied to a product is not sufficient proof of successful testing. Buyers should always require the supplier to submit a valid OEKO-TEX® certificate. The details on the LEATHER STANDARD label (test number and test institution) must correspond to those on the certificate and the product must be included in the certificate scope.

Please view the labeling guide and contact us with questions.

LEATHER STANDARD Benefits

  • A practical tool for quality assurance
  • Consumer protection with textile products that are harmless to human ecology and legally compliant - without expending internal resources
  • As a 3rd party verified label, LEATHER STANDARD is a helpful marketing tool for transparently documenting and promoting product stewardship efforts
  • The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue is applied consistently worldwide and provides standardized requirements for purchasing and delivery
  • The built in transparency increases product safety and saves time, especially for companies with extremely short production cycles and expensive internal quality assurance systems
  • The modular principle of LEATHER STANDARD facilitates testing and certification at every processing stage. Duplicate testing costs are avoided by using certificates from prior stages – even for products with complex structures
Contact
Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America