What is OEKO-TEX Certified Cotton?

What is OEKO-TEX Certified Cotton?

Beginning in January 2019, Sticky Toffee made a promise to source only OEKO-TEX certified cotton for every one of our products. We want our products to be safe for you and your loved ones. If an item is OEKO-TEX certified you can be certain it is harmless for human health. OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is a global testing and accreditation program that tests for harmful chemicals and substances in fabrics. This independently tested certification program checks textile raw materials, intermediate and end products of all processing stages.

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What does the label mean?

OEKO-TEX says that if a textile article carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be certain that every component of this article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health. The test is conducted by independent OEKO-TEX® partner institutes on the basis of an extensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalog.

What are they testing for?

In the test they consider numerous regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health. In many cases the limit values for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements. The criteria catalog is updated at least once a year and expanded with new scientific knowledge or statutory requirements. The strict tests for harmful substances and the comprehensive catalog of measures of STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® include:
    • Important legal regulations such as banned azo colorants, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, lead (US-CPSIA), etc.
    • Numerous harmful chemicals, even if they are not yet regulated legally
    • Numerous substance classes that are relevant to the environment
    • Requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the REACH Regulation and the ECHA-SVHC candidate list

    It is not easy for manufacturers and customers to keep an overview of the legal situation concerning harmful substances every day, but Oeko-Tex certification ensures that you are following the most up to date information.

    How do I know the certification is valid?

    You can check the validity of OEKO-TEX labels by entering the label into into the label check on the OEKO-TEX website.

    How do I find other products that are OEKO-TEX certified?

    If you are looking for other products that are certified by OEKO-TEX, you can use their buying guide. Companies that want to consistently operate in a sustainable way depend on a network of suitable suppliers and reliable sources of materials. This buying guide helps to support you in the selection of reliable brands and companies.

    All of the information in this post can be found directly on the OEKO-TEX website to ensure we are relaying only the most accurate information about this program.

    Thank you for shopping with us!