Labelling guide

The STANDARD 100, MADE IN GREEN, and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®" product labels are internationally registered trademarks. Accordingly the formal OEKO-TEX® requirements should be observed for product labelling and other commercial use of the labels in order to avoid misuse.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the design rules. We will be pleased to offer assistance.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

Pre-requisites for label use

In order to be entitled to mark and advertise textile products with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label, all components, including accessories, must satisfy the requirements of the criteria catalogue without exception. The OEKO-TEX® certificate issued is proof for this.

A STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label is only valid if an actually awarded test number and the relevant test institute are displayed. It is also essential that these details correspond with those on the company's certificate.

Ready-made end products always require their own test number, even if all components have already been successfully tested and certified according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® Standard.

Graphic design

According to current statutes the following design rules regarding the colours of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label have to be observed for all forms of advertising use. Regardless of the respective intended use it is recommended to use the OEKO-TEX® label in a uniform manner to maintain the memorability of the test label.

  • The minimum width of the label is 27 mm (to ensure an adequate legibility).
  • The height of the label may vary depending on the language of the label text.

In the design of the mark the following colours must be used:

If, for particular reasons, the label can only be in two colours, the mark may be reproduced dichromatic with extra authorisation from the testing institute. In case the print Is done in grey scales the following values have to be used:

Language

If in a particular language the use of umlaut is in use for printing or writing, it is permissible to use, for example, "Öko-Tex®" or "Øko-Tex®" instead of "OEKO-TEX®" and in reference to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®".

Marking may be nationally recommended, especially in Scandinavian countries. For the rest, marking is the applicant's own responsibility.

Translated versions of the label texts which have not been authorised by the OEKO-TEX® Association are not permitted as they could alter or distort the message of the label.

Currently there are around 30 authorised language versions of the label available for all important target markets where products with OEKO-TEX® certificates are sold. Upon request the OEKO-TEX® secretariat can arrange authorised translation into languages which are not yet available, though.

Clear product reference

For any type of advertising using the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label (product labelling, marketing, sales) it must be absolutely clear to which product the OEKO-TEX® label refers.

This applies both to positioning of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label itself as well as to product labelling in text form where reference is made to an existing OEKO-TEX® certificate, stating the correct test number and test institute.

Additional texts which go beyond the authorised wording of the test label may only be applied outside of the label.

Protected trademark

The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label is an internationally registered trademark legally protected by the Madrid Agreement.

  • Forgery and misuse of the trademark will be pursued under civil and criminal law.
  • A STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label is only valid if an actually awarded test number and the relevant test institute are displayed. It is also essential that these details correspond with those on the company's certificate.

This enables the International OEKO-TEX® Association to check at any time whether a right to use the label exists. This ability to clearly verify authorisation is one of the basic principles of the certification system and ensures the end user's confidence in the label.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

Use of the MADE IN GREEN label

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a product label used to make the production process for a textile product transparent to the consumer. Using the 8-digit product ID and/or QR code on the label, you can go to the MADE IN GREEN consumer website and access information about the relevant production facilities.

Products with the MADE IN GREEN label have been tested for harmful substances in accordance with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and produced sustainably in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines.

Compliance with all of the provisions is monitored by the independent OEKO-TEX® institutes worldwide.

On the following pages, you can find detailed information about using the MADE IN GREEN label in your communications.

Benefits of labelling your products

Safety

Products with the MADE IN GREEN label have been tested for harmful substances and produced under sustainable conditions. Every aspect is tested by the independent OEKO-TEX® institutes based on internationally standardized criteria.

Selling point

Textile companies and retailers who wish to make their entire supply chain transparent can use the MADE IN GREEN label as a trustworthy sign that their suppliers in countries such as China, India and Bangladesh also adhere to agreed quality standards and working ethics. At the same time, the MADE IN GREEN label provides information about current sustainability and ongoing improvement throughout your own supply chain.

The MADE IN GREEN label lets consumers objectively compare textiles based on their production conditions and testing for harmful substances. That leaves each purchaser safe in the knowledge that they have acted in an informed and responsible way.

Sustainability

Generally, reliable supplier relationships form the basis for successfully achieving sustainable goals such as product quality, regular basic and advanced training or improved working conditions. These achievements are made visible and highlighted by the MADE IN GREEN label.

Traceability

Each item awarded with the MADE IN GREEN label is provided with a unique product ID and QR code that makes it simple for consumers to trace in an easily understandable and transparent way.

Product information

The MADE IN GREEN system supplies all of the information about the awarded product: 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.

Decision-making aid

MADE IN GREEN gives each consumer the opportunity to objectively compare textiles in relation to their underlying production conditions and testing for harmful substances. That leaves each purchaser safe in the knowledge that they have acted in an informed and responsible way.

Product ID and QR code

The product ID is a core element of the MADE IN GREEN label that can be used to access the manufacturing validation for the labelled product MADE IN GREEN consumer website.

QR ("Quick Response") codes are 2D codes that can be scanned and read by mobile devices with QR code readers. Apps with suitable QR code readers are for example "Quick Scan" for iOs devices or "QR Droid" for Android devices. They can be used to display images for items such as web addresses.

On the MADE IN GREEN label, the QR code is an optional element that provides direct access to the proof of origin for a labelled product on the MADE IN GREEN consumer website.

If needed, the QR code from the MADE IN GREEN logo can also be displayed outside of the label. You can also display your own QR codes (for instance, with a link to an online catalogue) together with the label. However, in this last case, the QR code must not be integrated into the MADE IN GREEN label itself!

Protected trademark

The MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label is an internationally registered trademark that is legally protected by the Madrid Agreement.

  • Forgeries and misuse of the trademark will be prosecuted under criminal and civil law.
  • A MADE IN GREEN label is valid only if it includes the actual assigned product ID and the responsible test institute.

This allows the International OEKO-TEX® Association to verify whether a label is authorised for use at any time. This principle of unique verifiability is one of the cornerstones of the OEKO-TEX® system and safeguards the end consumer's trust in the brand.

Available label versions

On the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard, you can generate a number of different label versions based on the individual product ID. Their content, size, and so on, are optimised for a wide range of uses.

Label

Minimum size

  • The minimum width is 27 mm.
  • The height may vary depending on the language.

The MADE IN GREEN label must never contain less information than this standardised version.

It contains all of the core elements of the label and is ideal for when there is not much space for communicating or for an image and a direct product reference is provided.

Recommended areas of use

Packaging, brochures, catalogues, online shops, website - with a direct product reference

Label with additional elements

Minimum size

  • With QR code: The minimum width is 40 mm. The height may vary depending on the language.
  • Without QR code: The minimum width is 36 mm. The height may vary depending on the language.

Recommended areas of use

  • With QR code: Brochures, catalogues - with a direct product reference
  • Without a QR code: Website, online shop - with a direct product reference

Hang-Tag

Size

  • 50 x 93 mm

OEKO-TEX® regards the hang tag as the ideal way to communicate the features of the MADE IN GREEN label on a textile product.

In addition to the basic label elements, consumers can see the benefits of MADE IN GREEN at a glance thanks to the icons and brief versions of the main arguments, while the declaration with the three key points confirms that the purchaser is acting as a responsible consumer and the QR code provides all of the important information about the production of the awarded textiles.

The MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label can be used only when it is printed on both sides!

On the back, the consumer is provided with important information about the objective and independence of the label and the comprehensive expertise of OEKO-TEX®.

Basic label elements

The most important elements of the MADE IN GREEN label are:

  • The MADE IN GREEN Logo
  • The product ID and the name of the responsible OEKO-TEX® institute
  • The explanatory text: "Tested for harmful substances and produced sustainably in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines"
  • The internet address: www.madeingreen.com

These elements are included on every version of the label. The MADE IN GREEN label is not legally valid without them!

Design guidelines

The MADE IN GREEN label is a protected trademark and therefore must not be modified.

A key rule is that on each label it must be possible to read the individual parts such as the product ID, declaration text and the domain name www.madeingreen.com at all times.

On the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard you can therefore find a number of different label versions in PDF and PNG format with content and sizes that are optimised for use in a wide variety of areas such as print products or online applications. The vectorised PDF files can also be scaled at any time using a suitable graphics program.

If you have any questions about the design rules or how to use them in specific situations, we are happy to help! You can also find further information about using the MADE IN GREEN label in our frequently asked questions.

The MADE IN GREEN label is a protected trademark and can therefore be used only in the form provided by OEKO-TEX® without any modifications.

For different areas of application such as a product recommendation in online shops, print materials or product labelling at the point of sale, different label versions with optimised content and sizes are available.

For all of these label versions, the following core design guidelines apply:

  • The frame is also an integral part of the MADE IN GREEN label and therefore shall always be displayed whenever the label is used.
  • To raise the profile of the label and ensure it is as recognisable as possible, OEKO-TEX® recommends displaying the label in 4c (four-colour).
  • If a 4c display is not possible due to exceptional circumstances (for instance, due to the company's own corporate identity), the label is permitted to be displayed in black and white. You can go to the OEKO-TEX® Dashboard to access the various label versions.
  • For reasons of trademark law, the MADE IN GREEN label files made available by OEKO-TEX® must not be changed.
  • Any additional texts and other elements such as a separate QR code must therefore be attached away from the label. For more information, please also refer to the notes in our frequently asked questions.

Defined colours

In the design of the mark the following colours must be used:

Defined greytones

If, for particular reasons, the label can only be in two colours, the mark may be reproduced dichromatic with extra authorisation from the testing institute. In case the print Is done in grey scales the following values have to be used:

Tectonic space

There must be empty space around the perimeter of the label that is at least equal to the width of the registered trademark symbol ® found within.

Using the label

  • On the Customer Dashboard you can generate two different label versions at the moment:

    1. The first version includes all basic elements of the label. Currently, around 30 authorised language versions of the MADE IN GREEN label for all of the major target markets in which OEKO-TEX® certified products are sold. These language versions include all of the declaration texts and other information in the relevant language.

    2. The second version additionally includes all declaration texts and additional statements that you can add to the basic label version. This label version is currently available in 10 different languages.

    However, the OEKO-TEX® Secretariat can also arrange for an authorised translation for you if you require it in languages that are not available yet. For more information, please contact the OEKO-TEX® Secretariat (info@oeko-tex.com).
  • OEKO-TEX® recommends using a monolingual label in the language of your target market.

    However, OEKO-TEX® also creates labels with multiple languages upon request. In this situation, the label owner bears the costs. For more information, please contact the OEKO-TEX® Secretariat directly (info@oeko-tex.com).

Referring to the award in running texts

  • The first time that it is referred to in a running text, the name "MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®" must be used. After that, the name can be truncated to the wording "MADE IN GREEN".
  • Furthermore, the label and product name "MADE IN GREEN" must not be translated in running texts.
  • Alternative ways to write the term "OEKO-TEX®" (for example, Öko-Tex®, Øko-Tex®) are permitted if the use of umlauts for print or correspondence is common in the national language used.

Unique product reference

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a product label with a product ID and/or QR code that lets you trace the origin of the product to which it is attached for full transparency.

This means that a direct and unique product reference must be provided whenever the label is used. In concrete terms, that means that a MADE IN GREEN label can only be used in brochures, catalogues, online shops and elsewhere when it is referencing a product with the product ID displayed on it.

If this is not possible or practical in individual cases, a collective or advertising ID can also be requested. A special advertising label can then be generated based on this collective or advertising ID in the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard. The listed product ID and QR code in this case do not reference an individual product, and instead represent the company in general on the MADE IN GREEN consumer website. Potential uses for a label without a direct product reference include in online shops, printed catalogues or trade show stands, for instance.

Label creation procedure

You can create one or more versions of the MADE IN GREEN label from the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard. If you do not have access details yet, you can request them here.

On the Customer Dashboard, you can generate label templates in two standard formats:

  • PNG files for all online applications and
  • vectorised PDF files for print products

Please note:
Automatically generated labels must not be changed in any way. You are not permitted to add content or modify the label in any way.

FAQ

What does the optional QR code on the label or hang tag reference?

The QR code, like the product ID, leads directly to the production validation for the labelled product on the MADE IN GREEN consumer website.

What is a QR code and how is it used on the label?

QR ("Quick Response") codes are 2D codes that can be scanned and read by mobile devices with QR code readers. Apps with suitable QR code readers are for example "Quick Scan" for iOs devices or "QR Droid" for Android devices. They can be used to display images for items such as web addresses. The use of QR codes is very practical because the web address and product ID do not have to be entered manually.

On the MADE IN GREEN label, the QR code is an optional element that, like the product ID, leads directly to the production validation of a labelled product on the MADE IN GREEN consumer website.

Is the label also allowed to be displayed in monochrome?

To raise the profile of the label and ensure it is as recognisable as possible, OEKO-TEX® recommends displaying the label in 4c (four-colour).

If a 4c display is not possible due to exceptional circumstances (for instance, due to the company's own corporate identity), the label is permitted to be displayed in black and white. You can go to the OEKO-TEX® Dashboard to access the various label versions.

What is the meaning of the product ID on the label?

The product ID on the label can be used to go to the MADE IN GREEN consumer website and view the production validation for the labelled product.

Can other texts or elements be added to the label?

OEKO-TEX® offers certificate holders a number of versions of the MADE IN GREEN label. If you wish to add further elements like your own QR code or texts in individual cases, they must always be added away from the label template.

In which file formats are the labels available?

As standard, PNG and print-ready PDF files can be generated for the label versions on the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard. The label templates must not be changed. Regarding the colour scheme and so on, see the menu item "Graphic Specifications" for more information.

Can multiple languages be included on the one label?

OEKO-TEX® recommends using monolingual labels in the language of your target market.

If needed, OEKO-TEX® can create labels with multiple languages. In such a situation, the costs are borne by the label owner. For more information, please contact OEKO-TEX® at: info@oeko-tex.com.

From which STeP level can I use the MADE IN GREEN label?

The STeP certification level reached is irrelevant. The MADE IN GREEN label can be used when the following conditions are met:

Requirements and criteria for using the "MADE IN GREEN" label to label textile products that consumers can purchase on the market:

  • Each individual component that makes up at least 5 % of the total weight of a textile product must originate from STeP certified production facilities. At least 85 % of the weight of an individual textile product must originate from STeP by OEKO-TEX® certified production facilities.
  • A general rule for the above criteria is that all of the facilities in which the making-up process and wet-chemical processing takes place must be certified in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX®.
  • The product must be certified in accordance with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.

Requirements and criteria for semi-finished goods that are sold to companies within the supply chain:

  • The label holder must be certified according to STeP by OEKO-TEX® and meet all of the criteria specified above.

Which products am I allowed to label?

The "MADE IN GREEN" product label can be used to highlight textiles

  • that have been both tested for harmful substances (certified according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®)
  • and produced sustainably in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines.

The issuer of the label is obligated to confirm that the MADE IN GREEN criteria have been fulfilled (declaration of conformity).

What am I not permitted to do when using the MADE IN GREEN label?

As a fundamental rule, the only goods that can be awarded with the MADE IN GREEN label are goods that have been produced in accordance with the MADE IN GREEN criteria and subsequently comply with the mandatory OEKO-TEX® guidelines.

Apart from that, the following items are not permitted:

  • Labels that display an incomplete or incorrect MADE IN GREEN Logo or incomplete or incorrect statements from OEKO-TEX®.
  • Products that have not been completely or correctly awarded.
  • Other information that was not clearly established by the OEKO-TEX® Service.

What happens when a certificate (STeP or STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®) has been withdrawn but the MADE IN GREEN label is still used?

If a product continues to use the MADE IN GREEN label even though OEKO-TEX® has withdrawn the fundamental certificates (STeP or STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®), the OEKO-TEX® Association is entitled to revoke the MADE IN GREEN label – after two warnings at most – and publicise the fact that the label has been withdrawn in an appropriate form.

  • In each of the situations described, OEKO-TEX® will initiate legal proceedings. All disputes will be handled by a court of competent jurisdiction in Zurich.
  • The use of existing advertising materials, displays, labels, and so on, is permitted for a maximum of two months after the MADE IN GREEN label has been withdrawn.
  • Products that were awarded before the MADE IN GREEN label was withdrawn and that have been produced under the correct conditions are allowed to remain on the market.

What happens if a product is advertised using the MADE IN GREEN label without authorisation?

A product can only be awarded with MADE IN GREEN if it complies with the applicable OEKO-TEX® guidelines.

If the label is placed on a product without authorisation, the OEKO-TEX® Association will initiate legal proceedings. All disputes are handled by a court of competent jurisdiction in Zurich.

Where can I download the label template?

Certificate holders can download print-ready PDF files and web-enabled files in PNG format for the various label versions from the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard.

If you do not have access details for the Dashboard, you can request it here.

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Pre-requisites for label use

In order to be entitled to mark and advertise textile products with the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® label, all components, including accessories, must satisfy the requirements of the criteria catalogue without exception. The OEKO-TEX® certificate issued is proof for this.

A LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® label is only valid if an actually awarded test number and the relevant test institute are displayed. It is also essential that these details correspond with those on the company's certificate.

Ready-made end products always require their own test number, even if all components have already been successfully tested and certified according to LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® Standard.

Graphic design

According to current statutes the following design rules regarding the colours of the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® label have to be observed for all forms of advertising use. Regardless of the respective intended use it is recommended to use the OEKO-TEX® label in a uniform manner to maintain the memorability of the test label.

  • The minimum width of the label is 27 mm (to ensure an adequate legibility).
  • The height of the label may vary depending on the language of the label text.

In the design of the mark the following colours must be used:

If, for particular reasons, the label can only be in two colours, the mark may be reproduced dichromatic with extra authorisation from the testing institute. In case the print Is done in grey scales the following values have to be used:

Language

If in a particular language the use of umlaut is in use for printing or writing, it is permissible to use, for example, "Öko-Tex®" or "Øko-Tex®" instead of "OEKO-TEX®" and in reference to LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®".

Marking may be nationally recommended, especially in Scandinavian countries. For the rest, marking is the applicant's own responsibility.

Translated versions of the label texts which have not been authorised by the OEKO-TEX® Association are not permitted as they could alter or distort the message of the label.

Clear product reference

For any type of advertising using the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® label (product labelling, marketing, sales) it must be absolutely clear to which product the OEKO-TEX® label refers.

This applies both to positioning of the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® label itself as well as to product labelling in text form where reference is made to an existing OEKO-TEX® certificate, stating the correct test number and test institute.

Additional texts which go beyond the authorised wording of the test label may only be applied outside of the label.

Protected trademark

The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® label is an internationally registered trademark legally protected by the Madrid Agreement.

  • Forgery and misuse of the trademark will be pursued under civil and criminal law.
  • A LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® label is only valid if an actually awarded test number and the relevant test institute are displayed. It is also essential that these details correspond with those on the company's certificate.

This enables the International OEKO-TEX® Association to check at any time whether a right to use the label exists. This ability to clearly verify authorisation is one of the basic principles of the certification system and ensures the end user's confidence in the label.