My guess is that very few would argue the importance of keeping your life and home healthy and clean. That includes everything from the food we eat, to the people we hang out with, clothes we wear, furniture we buy and how much movement and exercise we get.
How to accomplish this may look different to everyone.
For your home you may choose to swap out some of your conventional cleaners with less toxic and more natural cleaning supplies.
For furniture maybe you end up choosing to buy second hand, lowering your budget and improving your up-cycling skills.
For food, maybe it is switching to more local and organic produce.
And with clothing and textiles maybe it is focusing on buying more responsible and safely made products.
There are a lot of ways to make changes that can impact your life and your families in a more holistically healthy way and the key is being more conscious and aware of what it is you are bringing into your home and life.
It’s important to know what your products are made of, where they were manufactured and how they are made. Obviously in a perfect world every brand would offer complete transparency of their production but that’s not the case. Labels can be confusing and websites can be vague on the details they offer for their products. That makes it hard when you are wanting to find a cute and stylish item that won’t cause you or your family harm or the rest of the environment and workers who made it.
That’s why there are amazing organizations and companies that offer certifications that can help put consumers at ease and offer brand trust without having to do all the heavy work ourselves.
OEKO-TEX® is one of those companies specifically certifying textiles and leather products around the world. Maybe you’ve seen their labels on products or websites before, so today I’d like to share a bit more about them so you know just what you get when a product has their label on it.
OEKO-TEX® consists of 18 independent research and test institutes in the field of textile and leather ecology with contact offices in more than 60 countries. The partner institutes have joint responsibility for the development of test methods and limit values.
As mentioned already, they test and certify textile and leather products from all over the world.
Since 1992, their portfolio of independent certifications and product labels has enabled textile companies and consumers to make responsible decisions in favor of products that are harmless to health, environmentally friendly and manufactured in a fair way.
They offer several different certifications but the two I want to share about are directly connected to products you and I can choose to purchase and enjoy (like this great new rug that I just bought for our conservatory that has the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label).
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances, certifying that the final product and each of its components – from the fabric to the buttons and other accessories – has been rigorously tested for chemicals toxic to humans.
A MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label means a product is tested for harmful substances and comes from a facility that implements environmentally friendly production processes – from the use of chemicals to responsible handling of wastewater. Suppliers must also take actions to improve working conditions and strengthen health and safety protection for workers at production sites.
On their website, OEKO-TEX®offers a buying guide where you can search products and brands they have been certified and you can also do individual label checks to make sure your product has in fact been tested.
Consumers are increasingly caring about clothing and products that are safe for their health. That’s why third-party validations are so helpful in building trust in the fashion and textile industry.
OEKO-TEX® labels can help you and I to find clothes and home good that are good, safe for use and manufactured in a responsible and transparent way that protects workers and the environment.
Who wouldn’t want that?
You can check out their website to read more about them and discover brands and products that are certified under their stamp of approval HERE.
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