What the heck is Oeko-Tex?

When we found our bamboo rayon cotton fabric for the first time, it was love at first touch. It is one of the softest bamboo cotton knits we have ever felt. You could barely tell there was any bamboo in it at all but it had all the best qualities of bamboo (see here for Why Bamboo?).

As we learned more and more about the manufacturing process of the fabric itself, we became more in awe about it. The bamboo used is organically harvested. It is knit and dyed at Ms Chen’s facility located in the Hebei Province in China (fun fact, the Hebei Province in China is where the Great Wall of China is located too!). She has been in business for over 25 years and employs 55-60 people and runs in two 8-hour shifts to produce the end product of our beautiful fabrications. By the end, the fabric is validated by Japan Textile Inspection Association that, even after fifty times of washing, bamboo fiber fabric still possesses excellent function of anti-bacteria, bacteriostasis.

But what also becomes a shining star for us about our fabrics is its Oeko-Tex 100 Standard certification. What is Oeko-Tex you ask? It is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification for textile products at all process levels. It encompasses all textiles, even from its raw form to the finished product. This means that it follows the process from the milling of the fiber, to the treatment, the spinning of the yarn, the knitting or weaving of the yarn, over to the dying and then to the completion and finishing of the fabric. How cool is that?!

In 1992, the standards were focused on the development of the test criteria of the fabrics from a scientific perspective. This means that there is a comprehensive list and strict catalogue of measures that take account of:

  • Important legal regulations, such as banned colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel and more.
  • Numerous harmful chemicals, even if they are not yet legally regulated.
  • Requirements of European chemical regulations.
  • Requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead.
  • Numerous also environmentally relevant substance classes

The Oeko-Tex Standard Certification contributes to the highest and most effective product safety from a consumer’s point of view. We like that.

We feel so grateful to have found our fabric supplier as a partner and who is able to share with us more about Ms Chen’s facility and Oeko-Tex. Ms Chen’s facility in Hebei Province in China is Oeko-Tex 100 Standard certified. This applied to her facility means that the staff works under very good conditions with regular days off. They have farming areas around the facility where they grow their food and have even instituted solar and wind power initiatives to counter the frequent occurrence of brownouts that happen in China. And we like that even more.