MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®
Basically, any finished textile items and semi-finished products at all levels of the textile supply chain can be granted the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label. This includes woven and knitted items as well as all kinds of items of clothing, including home textiles.
- Advantages for the consumer
The MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label shows the consumer that the certified textiles have been tested for harmful substances and sustainably produced in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines.
In addition, the end consumer can trace the article advertised with the MADE IN GREEN Label transparently using a unique product ID or QR code. The system gives you information regarding the production facilities along the textile chain in which the textile was produced, the stage of production in which the fabrics were employed and the countries in which the product was manufactured.
- Advantages for industry and retail
- Innovation leaders who want to promote new functions and features can use the label directly on their products to visibly communicate to the outside world the close partnerships they have with their suppliers.
- Long term supplier relationships form the basis for successfully implementing sustainable aspects such as product quality, and good working conditions. The MADE IN GREEN label makes all of this visible.
- Companies who wish to make their entire supply chain transparent can use the MADE IN GREEN label as a trustworthy sign that their suppliers in all countries, from Germany to Turkey, India, and China also adhere to agreed quality standards, environmental standards, and provide good and safe working conditions.
The MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label is awarded for a period of one year and must then be issued again.
- Criteria and requirements
- Product safety is ensured by a successful test for harmful substances and certification in accordance with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
- Environmentally friendly, safe, and socially responsible production conditions are carried out in the production facilities involved on the basis of extensive and independent monitoring through the STeP by OEKO-TEX® system.
Requirements and criteria for marketing Made in Green on textile products that consumers buy in retail stores:
1. Any single component that equals or exceeds 5% of the total weight of the end product must be manufactured in STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified production facilities. At least 85% of the total weight of a single finished textile item must have come from STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified production facilities.
2. The general rule for the above mentioned criteria is that all the making up and wet/chemical processing facilities have to be STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified.
3. The product awarded with the Made in Green label must be OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified.
Requirements and criteria for intermediate products sold to business within the supply chain:
The label issuer must be STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified and fulfil all of the above mentioned criteria.
For more information on which components and facilities must be certified with the guidelines of both certifications, please see chapter “Criteria” in the Made in Green by OEKO-TEX® Standard.
For the Made in Green by OEKO-TEX® label, at least the finishing stage and any chemical or wet processing, which are the two stages regarded as "hot-spots" for their possible environmental impact and the critical nature of their working conditions, must comply with the requirements of the STeP by OEKO-TEX® Standard. By doing so we ensure that the products meet the DETOX requirements from Greenpeace.
With the Made in Green system, the international OEKO-TEX® Association wants to increase the transparency and traceability of textile production in the sense of consumer communication and corporate governance. This applies for all materials and types of textiles, from synthetic fibres to cotton, from home textiles to sports clothing. In addition to the criteria mentioned above, the companies are free to disclose information from their supply chain.
Since the Made in Green system is based on both the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 system and the STeP by OEKO-TEX system, the production conditions are monitored and validated as part of the regular STeP company visits. STeP certified production sites are audited by OEKO-TEX® institutes such as Hohenstein before the first certificate is issued.
Then there are regular visits, which document continual improvements in the areas of environmental protection, chemical management, working conditions, and health and safety and these are supported by experts.
- Control tests
The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 system monitors Made in Green articles for consumer safety in laboratory tests. In addition, we use regular spot checks in the production facilities and on the market to ensure that the articles marked with the MADE IN GREEN label have been checked for hazardous substances. This applies for articles for babies and small children as well as for sports clothing and home textiles.
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