About OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
This independent, worldwide certification tests raw and semi-raw materials, accessories, and finished household products. It certifies as “compliant” those that are free from banned substances and have extremely low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions.
The Hidden Problem of Indoor Air Pollution
- Ozone depletion
- Respiratory illnesses
- Memory problems
Learn about the Four Product Classes for Certification with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
- Product Class I: Articles for babies and children under the age of three (clothing, diapers)
- Product Class II: Articles that come into direct contact with the skin (socks, bed linen)
- Product Class III: Articles that are worn further away from the skin (coats, ponchos)
- Product Class IV: Materials used for decoration and furnishing (curtains, upholstery)
Pros and Cons of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Label
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification does not require organic production or fair-trade practices of suppliers or manufacturers. However, it does ensure that products destined for use in homes and educational institutions are safe and present an acceptably-low level of toxicity.
When purchasing a product with this certification, make sure to look for the certification code and to determine whether it is a single component that is certified or the entire finished product. It is possible for just the cover of the mattress to be certified or just the latex.