MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®
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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
In order to obtain a MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label for textile products, the minimum criteria are:
Requirements and criteria for marketing MADE IN GREEN on textile products that consumers buy at retail (B2C):
- The product shall be STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified.
- All the making up facilities shall be STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified.
- This criterion concerns only wet/chemical production facilities (excluding wet spinning processes). Each single component that equals or exceeds 5% of the total weight of the product shall be supplied by STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified production facilities. In addition, at least 85% of the weight of the single product shall be supplied by STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified production facilities.
Requirements and criteria for intermediate products sold to businesses within the supply chain (B2B):
- The MADE IN GREEN label issuer shall be STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified and fulfil all of the above mentioned criteria.
- Brands, retailers, converters and traders can issue a MADE IN GREEN product ID without being STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified themselves, if they do not manufacture themselves (through wet/chemical processes and making up of products) and their suppliers fulfil the MADE IN GREEN conditions.
Since the MADE IN GREEN system is based on both the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX 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 STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX 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.