The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used.
To obtain a OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, the textile needs to be free from more than 100 substances known to be harmful to human health. The standard takes into account the following:
- Legal regulations, such as banned AZO colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel etc
- Other harmful chemicals that are not yet legally regulated
- Requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the European Chemicals Regulation REACh as well as the ECHA SVHC Candidate List
- Requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead.
- Numerous environmentally relevant substance classes
Before having children I had no idea about textile and its environmental and potential health impact. I saw pretty fabric and purchased without a second thought. After I had my first child in 2010 everything changed. I was a stay at home mum with too much time on my hands and the internet became my best friend.
Slowly I introduced cloth nappies into our daily routine (conscious of not contributing extra waste to our landfill) and went on to integrate other "environmentally friendlier" house hold items into our lives. It was during my cloth nappy making days that I dived into the textile world. I learned about different fibre contents and the manufacturing process behind it. It wasn't until I started making clothes for my first born that I started learning more about the environmental and health impact something as simple as fabric can have on our lives.
Fast forward a few years and my love for learning and textile sees me running a small business selling sustainable european stretch fabrics with 90% holding OEKO-TEX 100 certification. I am passionate about bringing safe fabrics to australian sewists and small businesses.