The Network Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Co nt a c t s i n G e r m a ny The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 was introduced in 1992 to offer The International Oeko-Tex Association is a group of well- consumers the greatest possible assurance in terms of health known textile testing and research institutes. With their and to make companies in the textile industry more sensitive stringent tests in line with the requirements of the Oeko- to the need for a responsible approach to problematic sub- Tex criteria catalogue, they guarantee the human-ecological stances. safety of the certified textiles. Today, there is a reliable network of over 6,000 manufac- turers worldwide at all stages in the textile processing chain Hohenstein Research Institute Schloss Hohenstein • 74357 Bönnigheim who are permanently committed to certification. They thus Tel.: +49 7143 271- 0 play an active part in constantly increasing the level of Fax: +49 7143 271- 51 security in terms of the safety of textiles. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: www.hohenstein.de Control tests by authorised Oeko-Tex test institutes on the market also ensure that manufacturers actually comply with German Oeko-Tex Certification Centre the human ecological quality required by the Oeko-Tex label. Postfach 5340 • 65728 Eschborn Tel.: +49 6196 966 -230 Fax: +49 6196 966 -226 E-mail: email@example.com Internet: www.oeko-tex.com Bed linen Kind to the skin and quality-conscious A current list of manufacturers of Oeko-Tex certified bed linen can be obtained from the German Oeko-Tex Certifi- cation Centre. Bedding sets, bed covers and pillow cases or sheets are generally marked with the Oeko-Tex label on the packaging. If this is not the case, it is worth specifically The following companies have provided graphical materials. We would like to thank: asking for the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 when buying bed linen. – Carl Herding GmbH & Co. KG, Bocholt – Malitex Textil GmbH, Auerbach/Vogtl – testroet Haustextilien GmbH, Bocholt – Wilhelm Wülfing GmbH & Co. KG, Borken – FORMESSE Wäschefabrik Rupp GmbH & Co. KG, Löffingen – Biberna H. u. W. Schmänk GmbH & Co. KG, Hamminkeln-Dingden Comprehensive security – worldwide Variety is the key Skin-friendly top quality For over 10 years, the label “Confidence in textiles – tested H igh-quality bed linen makes a real statement and gently The tests for harmful substances under the Oeko-Tex for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard caresses our skin. Atmospheric colours and patterns which Standard 100 are always based on the intended use of the 100” has stood for security when purchasing textiles. The can be individually combined with the bedroom suite to textile. In principle, the following applies: The more inten- internationally binding test catalogue is based on scientifi- underline the desired mood for the room are particularly in sively a product comes into contact with the skin, the higher cally proven parameters and is updated annually in line with demand. the requirements which must be met. Accordingly, the the latest developments in research and legislation. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 identifies four product classes (PC): As we spend around a third of our life in bed, quality linen For each certification process, tests are carried out on the should have good skin-friendly properties. With a wide selec- • Products for babies and toddlers of three and under (PC I) following: tion of materials available such as damask, satin, flannel, • Products with direct contact with large areas of the skin • Substances which are prohibited by law, such as jersey or terry cloth, there is a material to suit every taste, (PC II), e.g. underwear, bedding and bed linen carcinogenic dyestuffs thus enabling quality sleep. Modern bed linen is also durable, • Products without direct contact or contact with large • Substances which are regulated by law, such as form- hard-wearing and retains its colour and shape even after areas of the skin (PC III), e.g. jackets and coats aldehyde, softeners, heavy metals or pentachlorophenol many washes. • Furnishing materials (PC IV), e.g. table linen, curtains, • Harmful substances such as pesticides, allergy-inducing textile wall and floor coverings dyestuffs or tin-organic compounds The Oeko-Tex label provides evidence of an additional benefit, • Precautionary parameters such as colourfastness and a guaranteeing that the textiles are totally safe. Bed linen with As with all textile products, bed linen can only be certified skin-friendly pH value this label has been tested by independent institutes in if all components, including accessories (buttons, zips etc.) meet the required test criteria. Bed covers, pillowcases and duvet covers naturally fall under product class II as they come into direct contact with the skin for long periods. Babies’ bed linen must meet the even more stringent criteria of product class I, which includes fastness to saliva. This ensures that colours and prints do not stain or bleed when sucked on by toddlers. With over 40,000 certificates issued for millions of individual extensive laboratory tests. Aspects which are particularly products worldwide, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is the world’s important include fastness to perspiration and rubfastness most successful test label of its type. Oeko-Tex certified pro- of the colours and prints, as well as a skin-friendly pH value. ducts cover the entire clothing and home and household Another factor which sets bed linen with Oeko-Tex certifi- textiles sectors and offer consumers all the advantages of cation apart is that it is constantly being optimised in terms modern textiles. of human ecology.