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What's the Oeko-Tex® label  ?

Everyday, we are in direct contact with different textile fibers such as wool or cotton which make up our clothing and linen. At La Lainière de Wazemmes your well being is important to us. That's why we pay particular attention to the quality of our items, their manufacturing, and the substances that compose them. As such, a certain number of the balls that we sell carry the Standard 100 certification of the Oeko-Tex® label. But then, what does this label represent? What does it really guarantee regarding the composition of textile fibers? We have tried to explain to you as simply as possible everything that this certification involves.

What is the Oeko-Tex® label ?

Also called “Textile Confiance”, Oeko-Tex® is an international quality label which aims to certify the health and ecological qualities of textiles and leathers. Thus, textile products, such as our yarns and wools, must meet precise and rigorous production criteria to be able to obtain this certification.
Today, Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a world leader in the field of consumer protection labels. It guarantees and controls that certified fabrics, whether natural or synthetic, comply with the regulatory thresholds for chemical substances which may be considered harmful or undesirable for humans and/or the environment. Therefore, this certification represents a guarantee of security and confidence both for you, individuals and consumers, and for us, professionals and resellers.

How to obtain this certification ? 

To be Oeko-Tex® certified, our suppliers must send samples of each of their products. The samples will then have to pass a series of tests to ensure that they meet the technical standards and criteria of the certifying body. The latter has several testing institutes located in Europe and Japan which make it possible to analyze each element of the product (yarn, fabrics, materials, composition, finished products, etc.).

At the end of this examination, the testing institute draws up a report which will be sent to the applicant. If the feedback is positive and complies with the imposed standard, then the label will be given to the company for a period of validity of one year.

Why chose wool certified by the Oeko-Tex® label ?

At La Lainière de Wazemmes, Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified yarns and wools, such as those from the Lammy Yarns and Distrifil brands, are controlled at each stage of processing: raw materials, fibers, yarns, dyes. They therefore do not contain chemicals known to be harmful to health. Also, the more intensive the contact of the textile fiber with the skin, the more strict the standards to be respected. Thus, baby yarns certified by the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 label are tested as class 1 products, that is to say, as strictly as possible to adapt to the health and sensitive skin of children from 0 to 3 years old.

Although the Oeko-Tex® label is today a reference in the field, we can feel a little lost with all these certifications. It is important to know that this label does not assure the consumer that the certified fabric is organic, compared to an eco-label. A textile or synthetic leather can be Oeko-Tex® certified, without necessarily holding an organic or ecological label.

Opting for a product certified by the Oeko-Tex® label is a way of moving towards a more sustainable and responsible trade for your health as well as for our planet. It is also a transparency, security and commitment proof on the part of manufacturers, suppliers and resellers.

To conclude, a wool or fabric certified Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a textile fiber that is part of an eco-responsible approach to respecting human health and the environment.

Find all our balls certified by the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 label



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Written by Albane on Saturday 27 January 2024 à 13:35, in Advice .

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