The OEKO-Tex Standard 100 was introduced in the 1990s in response to the publics demand for safer textiles. It is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. A growing number of our products are in compliance with this standard particularly JM Textiles fabric media range.

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OEKO-TEX Standard

Printable textiles with less impact on the environment

Xativa sell a range of textile products which have many beneficial properties. These include water-resistance, fire retardance and resistance to certified standard such as dirt resistance as well as additionally offering a viable alternative to PVC. However, in producing these kinds of specialist finishes – which are created by the application of various chemical substances, the material will have an impact on the environment as over time these chemicals are released back to the atmosphere as VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can cause serious health problems when inhaled and absorbed into the body.

A great number of our textiles products are certified to the worldwide OEKO-TEX ® Standard 100, which means they adhere to the strict controls on the use of chemicals and endorse the use of lower environmental hazardous substances. For example, standard 100 excludes formaldehyde, pesticides, phenols, chloromatic compounds, extractable heavy metals; and has separate specific regulation for biocides and flame-retardant treatments. All OEKO-TEX ® products are therefore subjected to strict monitoring and measuring and can be proven to meet the international regulations on chemical use and environmental exposure limits such as REACH.

When was the standard introduced?

The OEKO-TEX ® standard was introduced at the beginning of the 1990’s as a response to the needs of the general public for textiles which posed no risk to health. “Poison in textiles” and other negative headlines were widespread at this time and indiscriminately branded all chemicals across the board used in textile manufacturing as negative and dangerous to health.

Not merely a declaration of intent

OEKO-TEX ® certification is not merely a declaration of intent to make products less environmentally damaging. Products certified to this standard can only be endorsed after they have been thoroughly tested to ensure that they comply with the extensive criteria. A Chain of Custody system controls the constant testing of products to ensure the production process is not changed during the life of the supplied product. Only those meeting the standard at all points of manufacture will be certified. The result is confidence and transparency for all points of the products life-cycle.

Why should I incorporate OEKO-TEX textiles into my portfolio?

Incorporating OKEO-TEX approved textiles into your portfolio means you can offer a quantifiable and proven reduced risk to human ecology and the wider environment. Equally the buyer can have the confidence that they are meeting the environmental stipulations of the brand or organisation, as is becoming increasingly more important in the public sector and advertising industry.

OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is vitally important for applications such as enclosed structures like Gazebos and Marquees as other non-certified productions may be releasing dangerous levels of VOC’s within the enclosed space.