Portrait of the OEKO-TEX® Association

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The Sustainable Textile School would like to thank their supporters.
Part IV: The OEKO-TEX® Association

A competent partner for the textile chain regarding sustainability and human-ecologically safe products

With 25 years of experience, OEKO-TEX® leads the world in empowering and enabling consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. We are happy to support initiatives like the Sustainable Textile School because we welcome the implementation of a global network with the aim to create sustainable textile supply chains. This allows to engage in dialogue and to form partnerships, because the platform covers the entire supply chain. 

The “International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (OEKO-TEX®)” is a grouping of 18 independent textile research and test institutes and their representative offices in worldwide more than 60 countries. OEKO-TEX® provides standardised solutions which optimise customers’ manufacturing processes and help deliver high quality, more sustainable products. All of the products within the OEKO-TEX® portfolio are used to strengthen our customers’ systems, processes or products and, ultimately, they help to create sustainability along the textile value chain.

The OEKO-TEX® member institutes are responsible for the joint development of test methods and limit values which form the basis of the OEKO-TEX® product labels and certifications. They are entitled to carry out the corresponding laboratory tests and site audits. On the basis of their wide-ranging activities and core competencies the OEKO-TEX® institutes provide important impulses for innovations within the textile and clothing industry. Through close cooperation with brands, manufacturers and retailers their accredited test system also makes a substantial contribution to the development of high-quality textile products.

To date, 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in almost 100 countries are working with OEKOTEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances and millions of consumers around the world look for OEKO-TEX® labels before making buying decisions. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at www.oekotex.com/products 

More details are available at: www.oeko-tex.com and www.madeingreen.com