OEKO-TEX Leather Standard helps parents choose harmless leathergoods

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Published:  10 August, 2017

Consumer protection from the first day of life, with its labels, Switzerland based OEKO-TEX standards is helping parents choose human-ecologically harmless textiles and leathergoods.

Azo colourants in romper suites, organophosphorus compounds in rain jackets or pesticides in sheepskins. Again and again, frightening results on children’s clothing and other items from testing laboratories unsettle many parents. With the Standard 100 and the new Leather Standard, OEKO-TEX makes consumer labels available to retailers and manufacturers to help address the growing and affluent target group of health-conscious parents directly with respect to effective product safety.

During their young lives, babies, children and adolescents encounter many textile products and leather goods including bedding, towelling, baby sheepskins, play rugs, baby carriers and car seats, backpacks, pillows and blankets, strollers and, of course, clothing to name just a few. For many parents, in addition to the fashion and financial aspects, the question of health and safety is important. To simplify this buying decision for parents, OEKO-TEX offers three labels that communicate at a glance that the articles bearing them have been successfully examined for harmful substances. There are two standards for textiles, Standard 100 and Standard 100 for special items as well as its recently introduced Leather Standard.

Leather Standard by OEKO-TEX

The Leather Standard is the latest label in the portfolio and now also includes leather products in the demanding OEKO-TEX tests for harmful substances. Since the beginning of 2017, retail companies, retailers and producers of leather materials can certify leathergoods, such as sheepskins, jackets, children’s backpacks, belts or bags. 

Whether a children’s article is made completely of fabric or leather or only contains textile components, OEKO-TEX has a comprehensive certification system to ensure higher product safety of textiles and leathergoods used by children. So that retailers and companies can decide quickly and easily on OEKO-TEX certified products, the OEKO-TEX Buying Guide is available free of charge at www.oeko-tex.com/products. The tool assists them with the procurement of raw materials and products, as well as in the selection of cooperation partners and suppliers along the textile chain. Therefore, OEKO-TEX offers companies and retailers an entire ecosystem of labels and services – and thus a crucial sales tool for health-conscious parents.

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