What Does OEKO-TEX Certified Mean? — The Honest Consumer

Rayon, for example, is a fabric made from wood pulp, but is processed by chemicals, which means it cannot be termed organic. But it can be tested by OEKO-TEX, to check whether the levels of chemicals in the end product are safe.

For cotton products that have been certified organic, look for the OEKO-TEX ORGANIC COTTON label. Alternatively, you can also check for the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) label.

The latter certifies organic textiles, also testing for harmful substances.

If you have further concerns or inquiries – whether about product safety, environmental management, or social responsibility – look for additional labels such as B Corporation, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), or fair trade certifications like Fair Trade International and Fair Trade USA.

The process is not perfect. Certification is voluntary and comes at a cost, meaning businesses have to apply and pay for their products to be tested and certified (annually, not once-off), which not all can afford.

Thus it can be helpful to find out what else businesses are doing to be safe, ethical, and environmentally friendly.

This may include using recycled materials, following humane and cruelty-free practices, and utilizing responsible packaging. It’s especially helpful to look out for these practices if you want to support smaller businesses that are not able to afford certification yet.

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