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					                   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:
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
                                                                 Internet:                                          Bed linen
                                                                                                                                Kind to the skin and

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.

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