Ever wondered how to choose products for your home that you know will not be harmful to your health. With so many imported products coming from manufacturers with little or no regulations on manufacturing process it is near impossible to know what is going in to an item destined to sit in your home. Fortunately when it comes to textiles and specifically for our industry for curtain and blind fabrics there is a label that you can look out for that can give you peace of mind when choosing window coverings. The Confidence in Textiles label shows that the fabric you are looking at has been tested for harmful chemicals and is safe for use in your home.
From the Oeko-Tex Website https://www.oeko-tex.com/en/consumers/consumers.xhtml
“After years of development work, the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 was first presented to the public in 1992. It is a globally recognised testing and certification system which excludes or strictly regulates the use of possibly harmful substances in textiles in the framework of extensive laboratory tests. Textile products can only carry the OEKO-TEX® label if all components meet the required test criteria, including rivets, buttons, zips, interlinings etc.
The testing for harmful substances is based on a scientifically founded criteria catalogue with more than 100 individual parameters. The test criteria are globally binding and are adapted to the newest findings every year. In their entirety they go far beyond national legislation. In view of different guidelines for harmful substances and environmental standards in the production countries they create added transparency and comparability. Textiles with the OEKO-TEX® test label feature skin-friendly properties, regardless of where they were manufactured and without compromises on functionality, care properties or modern style.
OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances are possible for all products from every production stage (raw materials, threads, fabrics, finished products) and depend on the intended use of the textiles in each case. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the higher the requirements it has to meet. Accordingly the most stringent limit values of the entire testing system apply to baby items (OEKO-TEX® Product Class I), followed by textiles worn close to the skin (PC II. e.g. underwear, outerwear), products without direct skin contact (PC III, e.g. jackets, coats) as well as furnishing materials (PC IV, e.g. curtains, table linen).
OEKO-TEX® test criteria
The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue currently contains more than 100 individual parameters, including substances regulated and banned by law, substances known to be harmful to health as well as criteria for safeguarding consumer health.
Individual tests on the textile products include testing for carcinogenic and allergenic dyes, AZO dyes and pesticide residues. Strict limit values are also in place for formaldehyde, extractable heavy metals, chlorinated phenols and toluenes as well as for organic tin compounds. Finally the textiles have to comply with certain colour fastness levels and have a skin-friendly pH-value.
Thanks to their globally applicability and distribution the OEKO-TEX® test criteria have been successfully contributing to the exclusion of harmful substances as well as to more sensitive handling of possibly problematic substances in the textile industry for 20 years. They provide a transparent requirement profile from supply and purchasing conditions to retail and also indirectly influence the level of human ecological quality of companies which are not yet actively participating in OEKO-TEX® certification.”
Many of our suppliers including Wilson Fabrics and Warwick Fabrics use the OEKO-TEX testing system providing us with quality fabrics that are stylish and affordable and won’t pose risk to your health. To see some of the range of fabrics with the Confidence in Textiles label please call our showroom on 5494 6898.