Oeko-Tex declares new, stricter regulations for more sustainable products

Oeko-Tex declares new, stricter regulations for more sustainable products

To strengthen consumer protection and sustainability along the value creation chain for textiles and leather; Oeko-Tex has declared new regulations which will be applicable from 1 April 2019.

Oeko-Tex is a registered trade mark, representing the product labels and company certifications issued and other services provided by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology. It provides standardized solutions which optimize customers’ manufacturing processes and help deliver high quality, more sustainable products.

To mention fee changes, in Annex 6 of the STANDARD 100 by Oeko-Tex, limit values have been made stricter for various parameters. This relates to the parameters for phthalates (softeners), alkyl phenols and alkyl phenol ethoxylates as well for per- and polyfluorinated compounds. The more stringent requirements for residues in textile materials will result in an overall lower impact on the environment, workers and consumers. With the “Under observation” action, the Oeko-Tex® Association is now looking more closely at the substance group in relevant textile materials and is analyzing the situation in more detail.

“The STeP assessment will be extended to leather production facilities in 2019. The name will also be changed in the course of this integration: “Sustainable Textile Production” will become ‘Sustainable Textile and Leather Production’ – the product name STeP remains the same.” says Oeko-Tex, according to the reports.