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Behind the eco labels: Confidence in Textiles

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2007

Launched in 1992, the Oeko-Tex standard indicates that the textile has been extensively tested for the presence of harmful chemicals.

Fabrics carrying this logo have been subjected to laboratory tests based on international test standards and other recognised testing procedures. These include simulation tests, which take into account all possible ways by which harmful substances could be absorbed into the human body (orally, via the skin, or by inhalation).

The Ecologist says

Textiles carrying this label may be free from harmful chemicals but this does not guarantee an ethical supply chain. They may still, for instance, have been made in sweatshops.

This article first appeared in the Ecologist May 2007

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