Health always comes first, no matter the topic. Oeko-Tex standard 100 is a certificate that grants it, and as Akasia Design, we are proud that our products have it. Your home is the place where you would want to feel most secure, and Oeko-Tex standard 100 certification ensures your well-being when you get in touch with a textile product.
If a textile product is not labeled with the Oeko-Tex standard 100 certifications, it means that not every part of the product is certified. From Pillow covers to tablecloths and bath maths, the scale of certified products is constantly growing each year.
What is OEKO-TEX?
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification means that every little part of an article is tested for harmful substances: Every thread, button, and other product part is harmless to human health. And, especially for babies that have sensitive skins, Standard 100 is a label that is looked for.
The product criteria catalog is changed yearly because of the rapidly growing market and new scientific knowledge. Criteria catalog for the standard 100 consists of 55 pages of regulated or nonregulated substances that can harm humans.
The criteria are applied to every part of the article. That means every piece is carefully tested, from the stitching to the outer material and the coating. There are a total of 4 product classes categorized by their utilization and functionalities.
Product Classes for Oeko-Tex
The product classes for Oeko-Tex standard 100 cover many textile categories. From delicate baby clothing to belts. The classes aim to prevent the harm you would get from harmful substances.
Product Class 1
This is the class that involves products that are for babies and infants and has the strictest requirements and limits. This is because babies are more exposed to their immune systems and require the utmost care.
Product Class 2
This class is for products with direct skin contact to a large extent. You are in direct contact with textile items in everyday life, such as blouses, underwear, shirts, and mattresses. The more harmful they are to health, and because of your direct exposure to them, they can be dangerous for you.
Product Class 3
Product Class 3 includes products without skin contacts, such as belts, jackets, or vests. Even though they are not in touch with the body, they are in touch with other clothes and can inflict them too. They might not be as important as the 2nd class but knowing that every part of your clothing is certified is a nice feeling.
Product Class 4
Product Class 4 is the class in which our products as Akasia Design get certified. This class includes the decoration materials such as tablecloths, curtains, pillow covers, plate mats, upholstery fabrics, and so much more.
The Process of Receiving Oeko-Tex Standard 100
A company that wants to get the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification must give a sample of all their products. From studs to sewing threads, labels to buttons, every little thing must have a sample to be tested for harmful substances.
Then, the samples will be analyzed in a laboratory at one of the Oeko-Tex member institutes. The Certificate is then given to the products after they meet the required compliance Oeko-Tex standards. After the successful test, a declaration of conformity will be given to the company.
The audits will be conducted shortly after the certification process is done. These audits will be taken at least every three years. However, to verify continued compliance with the limited values, annual checks will be conducted for at least %25 of all issued products.
So, you can be sure that products are not harmful to your health and are constantly audited and checked. We give our utmost attention to detail and care for your health with our products while providing an aesthetic look to your room.
The Differences Between Oeko-Tex and Other Certifications
The certificates that are used in the textile market are growing every day. But, it does not mean that every certification signifies that your product is free of harmful substances. The most prestigious certificates used in the market are Oeko-Tex and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).
The main difference between the two certifications is their area of expertise. GOTS looks for the products’ fundamental substances, such as wool, cotton, and bamboo. Oeko-Tex, however, looks for harmful substances that the fabric or textile can have while processing.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificate is voluntary and gets updated every year, while the standards for GOTS are always the same. Also, Oeko-Tex certification is given by independent third-party laboratories in more than 40 countries.
Also, the Oeko-Tex standard 100 certification tests look for every possible way harmful substances can enter the human body. Furthermore, while every Oeko-Tex standard 100 certification is for human health, not every GOTS certification necessarily looks for toxic substances.
But, they are universally accepted certifications that give trust in the eyes of the purchasers. You can be sure of your health when seeing Oeko-Tex standard 100 certificates on a product. GOTS also uses two types of labels: Organic and Made with Organic Materials. Their difference is that while Organic is made of %95 organic fibers, ‘’Made with Organic Materials’’ means at least %70 organic fibers. But, if you come across an Oeko-Tex standard 100 label, you are %100 protected from harmful substances.
Akasia Design Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified Products
As Akasia Design, our priority is always your health, and we give great attention to our products. That’s why our selected products are labeled with Oeko-Tex standard 100 certifications. You can find our selected products are safe for daily use, from pillow covers to tablecloths. At Akasia Design, we do not design only good quality products and do not care about what’s inside them. We proudly go through the endeavor of testing our products and take the necessary precautions.
1. Tablecloths and Table Runners
Among the table cloths on our website, you can choose your item those labeled with Oeko-Tex certification and be sure that you are away from harmful substances that can make your children or you sick.
2. Printed Wall Arts and Wall Tapestries
Printed high-quality wall arts with Oeko-Tex standard 100 certifications are waiting for you on our website. They will give your room the elegant feeling you have been looking for without being harmful.
If you want a big wall tapestry to cover your walls, we also have them labeled with Oeko-Tex standard 100. They come with vibrant colors that make them look livelier and are made with stain-resistant fabrics.
3. Pillow Covers
A pillow cover that is not only soft to feel and not harmful to you and your children is our offer for you. There are many certified options that you can select from in our catalogs. Seeing your children kicking the pillow cover and knowing they do not contain any harmful substances is the feeling we are offering.
4. Kitchen-Bath Mats and Rugs
Even though rugs and mats only touch your feet, they can also get their harmful substances in you that way. But, do not worry about them as we offer you many options with certified kitchen and bathroom mats. Suited for every taste and labeled with Oeko-Tex standard 100 certifications, they are both pleasing to look at and safe for you.
5. Placemats and Seat Cushions
Akasia Design placemats are made of a unique Thai-foal feather texture, giving off a plushy and soft feeling. Moreover, our seat cushions have a unique micro honeycomb texture, giving them stain-resistant characteristics. Whenever you sit on them or place your hand on your placemats, you can be free of thinking that there may be harmful substances because you can buy selected items labeled with the standard 100 certifications of Oeko-Tex.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oeko-Tex Standard 100
1. Is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification safe?
- Products with the corresponding label are %100 safe for daily usage, and you can wear and use them to your heart’s content.
2. Is Oeko-Tex Certification mandatory for textile or fabric products?
- Even though Oeko-Tex standard 100 certifications are acknowledged internationally as an indication of safety, it is not mandatory. Though, it shows the company’s high quality and cares for its purchasers.
3. Is Oeko-Tex certification harmful to babies?
- All products with Oeko-Tex standard 100 labels are safe for babies. Certification’s product class 1 is only for baby products and has the strictest qualifications.