The Oeko-Tex label

What is the Oeko-Tex label?

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a label designed to guarantee the highest textiles free of toxic products for the body and the environment. It assures the consumer the absence of of harmful substances, whether dyestuffs or textiles, in ready-to-wear and household linen.

This label is a international control and certification system. It brings together 18 independent research and testing institutes in the field of of textile and leather ecology in Europe and Japan, with offices in more than 60 countries.

At Carré Blanc, almost all of our products are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. To check this status, you can fill in one of our certification numbers below on the Oeko-Tex website.

What does the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label certify?

Oeko-Tex is recognized by professionals and consumers alike. So when an article is guaranteed by this label, it promises theexclusion of undesirable substances that may pose a risk to the health of the consumer.

An Oeko-Tex Standard 100 fabric is controlled at each stage of the treatment (raw materials, yarns, dyeing) to ensure that it does not contain of chemicals harmful to health.

Laboratory tests include for the moment about 100 control parameters and are based on international control standards and other procedures. recognized test methods. The more intensive the contact of the textile with the skin, the higher the values of the limits to be respected are strict.

How does the certification process work?

A company wishing to certify an item must send a request to one of the following Oeko-Tex member institutes a certification file. In France, this is of the IFTH (French Institute of Textiles and Clothing) based in Lyon. The latter carries out laboratory tests on samples of representative of the materials sent to it. If the results are in conformity with the requirements, the certificate is issued and the applicant undertakes to ensure that the products are identical to the tested samples. The Oeko-Tex label is valid for one year.

An audit of the company is then carried out every three months. years in case of renewal of the certification. Controls are carried out randomly in trade to ensure that samples sent to certification are no different from those marketed. Auditors also go directly to the production sites in order to carry out the following controls and sampling.

The label Standard 100 differentiates four classes of products : more close to the skin. Plus the contact of a textile with the skin is intensive and the more sensitive the skin is, the more the anti-allergic requirements will have to be respected.

  • Class I (the strictest): for items intended for children less than 3 years old.
  • Class II: for articles that are in contact with the skin (underwear, bed linen, tee-shirts).
  • Class III: for articles that are not in contact with the skin (coats, jackets).
  • Class IV: for equipment materials (curtains, tablecloths, etc.), upholstered furniture coverings).